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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 3

Report of the scientific chair: Cleft 2017

Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication21-Nov-2017

Correspondence Address:
Krishnamurthy Bonanthaya
Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Hospital, Millers Road, Vasanthnagar, Bengaluru - 560 052, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_94_17

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Bonanthaya K. Report of the scientific chair: Cleft 2017. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2017;4, Suppl S1:3

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Bonanthaya K. Report of the scientific chair: Cleft 2017. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Jan 27];4, Suppl S1:3. Available from: https://www.jclpca.org/text.asp?2017/4/3/3/218904

It gives me great pleasure to write down a few of my thoughts as the Chairman Scientific, of the 13th International Cleft Congress Held at Chennai, India, for this Supplementary issue of our journal.

At the outset, I would like to place on record the dedicated, committed, persevering efforts of the Congress Chairperson, Prof Jyotsna Murthy, without whom this might not have been.

We started off with a theme “Think, Treat, and Teach.”

This was a strategic move to involve cutting-edge research, patient care, and training professionals in our ambit, and we hope, we succeeded to a great extent in achieving these objectives at the scientific deliberations of the meeting.

The 1st day of the meeting was dedicated to a comprehensive, continuing education program. The eight different courses run on the day tried to cater to all sections of the cleft care community from Surgery to the Charities, and each of these courses were well attended.

The next 3 days of the conference program was hectic. It involved breakaway sessions in the morning and plenary sessions in the afternoon. The breakaways started off with oral abstract presentations at eight in the morning and then to subdisciplinary sessions till lunch time. The format of the scientific program both for the breakaway sessions and the plenary was similar. There were symposia, panel discussions, and debates. In addition, the plenary sessions also had the three big traditional orations of the ISCLPCA. While the division of topics was subdisciplinary in the breakaways, it was Interdisciplinary during the plenary sessions. We also had an electronic posters presentation throughout the 3 days.

All scientific sessions were well attended by 1000, odd delegates, often having only standing space, or no space, as it happened during the debate on Cleft Palate Repair, between Brian Sommerlad and Robert Mann! There were lively discussions during the panels and robust defense of their respective viewpoints during the debates. Probably, there was not a dull moment.

One of the highlights of the scientific program was the early morning “Meet the Masters sessions.” The masters were carefully chosen and the delegates were free to discuss anything with them in a small group setting and were well attended despite the early starts.

It was a great honor to oversee the scientific program at this congress and I would like to end this with my heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the core members of the scientific committee, namely, Savitha. Gopalakrishnan, Aparna. V.S., Renu. Parmar and Vichitra, whose uncomplaining hard work was solely responsible in making this enjoyable.


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