The Organising Committee of EUROCleftNet research conference hаs the pleasure of cordially inviting you to take part in this year’s conference held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 25 to 27 September 2013.

Internationally acclaimed keynote speakers include Prof Ingeborg Barišić, Dr Martin Persson, Prof Michele Rubini, Prof Gunvor Semb, Prof William Shaw and Mr Brian Sommerlad.

EUROCleftNet research conference on orofacial clefts is oriented to:

  • Epidemiologists
  • Geneticists
  • Gene/Environment researchers
  • Peri-conceptional researchers
  • Neonatologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Cleft surgeons
  • Specialist cleft nurses
  • Orthodontists
  • Speech therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Representatives from patient groups
  • Representatives from birth defects registers eg Eurocat
  • Industry
  • High tech imaging (diagnostics/audit measurement)
  • Pharmaceutical companies (vitamin supplements etc)
  • Representatives from public health bodies
  • Experts in translational issues (research to user benefit)

Important dates:

Early registration before:
Deadline for registration:
Deadline for bursary applications
Deadline for submissions of free papers
Notification of acceptance of free papers after:
Presentations to be sent by:

Clinicians, scientists and researchers from Eastern Europe are especially welcome and the Organising Committee may be able to provide support with costs (see registration form).

Main themes in working sessions are divided into two sections: Research into improving treatment (diagnostics, audit, surgery, orthodontics, nursing, speech, psychology) and Research into Prevention (epidemiology, genetic, environment, gene/environment interaction, diet).

Call for abstracts for presentation of free papers

The Organising Committee invites the submission of abstracts under the following themes:

Research into prevention of oral facial clefts:Epidemiology; Genetics; Environment; Gene/Environment interaction;Diet and supplement.

Research into treatment of oral facial clefts:European outcome research collaboration to date; Diagnostics; Audit and measurement; Surgery; Orthodontics; Nursing; Speech therapy; Psychology. 





All abstracts should be sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for circulation amongst the Organizing Committee members. If accpeted, please ensure you forward your presentation to the above email address two weeks before the event.

Accepted papers will be posted on the conference site.


Instruction to аuthors for free papers

1.  Please specify in your submission that this is for a free paper.

2. The language of the meeting is English.

3. Presentations will be restricted to 10 minutes, to facilitate the inclusion of the maximum number of papers.

4. In considering which papers to accept for presentation, the Organising Committee favours original work, which has not already been published.

5. Preference will be given to abstracts that contain details of the objectives, the materials and methods used the key results, the conclusions and practical application of the study.

6. The first named author must be the presenting author, to whom all correspondence will be sent.

7. Those authors (the first named author) whose abstracts are accepted for an oral presentation must register to attend the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee.