The Cleft Collective

Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common congenital abnormalities in the world, affecting 1,200 children born in the UK every year. The £11 million, five-year programme – called The Cleft Collective – is the single biggest investment in cleft research anywhere in the world and will draw on expertise from across the UK.

The Healing Foundation charity is providing £5 million towards the project, with additional funding coming from university and NHS partners. The Universities of Manchester and Bristol will lead the programme, in partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Liverpool and the University of the West of England. In Manchester, researchers will run a programme of clinical studies, lead by Professors Bill Shaw, Mike Dixon and Jill Clayton-Smith.

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