12th Annual Meeting of Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association 2019
in conjunction with the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress 2019
Regional & Global Partnership of Comprehensive Care in Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities
- The Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association
- Tawanchai Center of Excellence for Patients with Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities
- Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
- Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University
- Committee of the Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress
The 12th Annual Meeting of Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association in conjunction with the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress 2019 (APCLPC 2019) “Regional & Global Partnership of Comprehensive Care in Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities” and had total 74 speakers. There were 479 participants from 25 countries consisting of Thailand, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippine, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Jordan, Australia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. The Congress received high accomplishment with the support from Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University, Smile Train USA., Transforming Faces, Private and Government organizations, and collaborations from Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association and the interdisciplinary teams.
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The Asian Pacific region is a home to thousands of the world’s ethnic group. While each region carefully harmonizes their cultures, primordial beliefs, economics, and environment through global transition, knowledge of people steps higher in parallel with external situation. With combination between eastern and western, traditional and modern, and developed and developing livings, Asian Pacific is considered as one of the most vibrant civilization in the world. Thus, when knowledge of medical care for cleft and craniofacial deformities was initially exchanged in 1985 at Monte Carlo, the forerunning CLP surgeons who participated Monte Carlo’s 5th International Cleft Lip Palate & Craniofacial meeting decided to establish the forum to open discussion and solution for cleft issues in Asian Pacific region, and that was the rise of the 1st Asian Pacific Cleft Congress in Singapore in 1988. Consequently, the 1st Asian Pacific Cleft Lip/Palate Congress was staged at Singapore in 1988, followed with the 2nd APCLP congress in 1991 which finally gave birth to the Asian-Pacific Cleft Lip and Palate/ Craniofacial Federation. Throughout three decades, the Congress travelled to Taiwan, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, and Malaysia. In the year of 2019, Asian Pacific cleft professional shall reach the destination which is the homeland to many cleft people and have always circulated cleft care system – Khon Kaen, Thailand.
The congress focused on regional & global partnership of comprehensive care in cleft lip-palate and craniofacial deformities. Our key aspiration was to creat public space to exchange diverse experience in cleft care from past to present, and from the east to the west. This was not only to achieve the global knowledge on interdisciplinary cleft care but the most important target was to find the way to support cleft people in physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs to become members of the society. This international conference in GMS enhanced collaboration work of comprehensive and interdisciplinary cleft care in this region. Since Khon Kaen is located at the center of Mekhong region, the problems of quality of life in cleft people was rendered, and it was fruitful to surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, audiologists, orthodontists, pedodontists, geneticists, psychiatricians and psychologists, social workers, nurses and nurse coordinators, and other cleft professionals to see what was the real problem of marginal people.
We believe in that humanity have immeasurable capability, so this unification will synchronize wisdom across continents which finally brighten the future of cleft people and academic sphere.
Date & Venue
11-12 November 2019 at Pullman Raja Orchid Hotel, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
- Faculty members of Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate Association
- Members of the Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association
- Members of Medical and health care specialists who responsible for cleft lip-palate treatment in Asian Pacific region.
- Interdisciplinary team and medical staffs from Khon Kaen University and any interest participants.
- Academic Conference
- Regional Partnership Panel Discussion
- Business Meetings
- Poster Presentation
- Booths and Exhibition
- Social Program
The first day of the conference starts with registration. The morning session is held at the Main Hall of Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid Hotel. It comprises of opening ceremony and special lecture from the keynote speakers. Asst. Prof. Dr. Kornwipa Poonpon, the Master of Ceremony, greeted participants, briefly informed the program schedule, and conveyed all delegates and participants to the exclusive performance “Ponglang Dance” – the local artistic heritage of Khon Kaen province.
Welcome Performance by a Cleft Patient
This Ponglang Seanmuang Band comes from Nongrua Wittaya Secondary School located in Nongrua District at 45 kilometers from Khon Kaen City. This student band has national reputation when awarded the First Prize of Thailand Ponglang Performance Contest and the Gold Medal of Northeastern Thailand Cultural Performance Contest. At the latest contest, they were conferred the award by HRH Princess Sirindhorn. What is most remarkable is the cleft student who has undergone treatment with Tawanchai Center is one of the main dancers. Her name is Miss. Rattiya Kerdpao. Rattiya has proved that with comprehensive care and good environment, cleft patients can possess self-confidence, be able to express their beloved activities, and achieve success in both education and socialization as to normal people.
She had performed in the Band for years with honorary awards
Speech from honorary delegates
After the cultural performance which makes every participants highly impressed with their talents and the vibrant beuty of E-sarn culture, the MC invited four honorary delegates to deliver speech as a formal address to the participants.
Reporting Speech : Prof. Bowornsilp Chowchuen, the President of the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress 2019
“On behalf of the President, I hereby convey my deepest contentment to welcome you to “The 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Congress” (APCLPC 2019) and “The 12th Annual Meeting of THAI CLEFT LIP-PALATE AND CRANIOFACIAL ASSOCIATION”. Since the first foundation of the Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association in 1988, the knowledge of cleft care was continually formed by the accumulation of invaluable wisdom of countless professionals around the world. Until today, cleft lip-palate and craniofacial deformities still present everywhere in the world, but what becomes greater is how humanity could optimize for the best quality of cleft patient’s life. This is the evidence of our effort, and that’s why the focal theme of the congress is “Regional & Global Partnership of Comprehensive Care in Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities”.
Cleft lip-palate and craniofacial deformities are the congenital conditions that cause severe effect to the life of patient and family. While many children acquire innate rights to grow up happily, able to eat and drink whatever they want, hear whatever the sounds on earth say, engage with their preferable activities with confidence, there are millions of children with cleft who are facing feeding, hearing, and speech problems, including psychological stigma that block them from being normal-liked children. To recover their lives, interdisciplinary team care in global scale is required. It sounds like the world implies us that a sole expert cannot create the better world for these children and families. It is our unification, our collaboration, and our solidarity that evolve their world.
Passing eight countries across Asia and Australia continents, the 9th APCLPC 2019 gives big opportunity for Khon Kaen, Thailand to be a host for this precious conference. We are very proud that the city which serves as the melting pot of Asian history will becomes the forum of discussion, exchange, debate, and sharing of knowledge and experience on interdisciplinary cleft care. I have the faith that in this pot of wisdom, the atmosphere of compassion and humanness will combine with long-incubated experience, and transform into concrete practices; all will aim at the same target to brighten the life of children and families. In academic sphere, reciprocal talk between the seniors and the youngs, the east and the west, the teachers and learners will finally catalyze innovations that contribute to the best comprehensive cleft care and treatment in the future. With over 400 practitioners from over 20 countries in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgeons, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, pediatric dentists, orthodontists, anesthesiologists, speech pathologists, scrub nurses, nurse coordinators, social workers, and other public health personnel, I believe that the two days conference will surely benefit everyone from core to fragments of scholarship.
Thanks to the Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association (TCCA), Center of Cleft Lip-Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Deformities, Khon Kaen University under Tawanchai Royal Grant Project or “Tawanchai Center”, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University, and the support from the Smile Train and others organizations. With these strong collaborations, we promise that all the participants shall reward with invaluable experience as well as noteworthy time in Khon Kaen.
All we have prepared is for your visiting, and all you have done is for the future of cleft patients.”
Welcoming Speech : Assoc.Prof. Nond Rojvachiranonda, the President of Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association (TCCA) and the Co-President of the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress 2019
“As the co-president of the congress and the President of the Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association, I welcome you all to the academic sphere today.
Since the first foundation in 1988, the Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress set its journey through the eight countries; Singapore, Taiwan, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, and Malaysia. Following the continent’s footstep, the Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association officially registered in September 2006 because we know that the unification of diverse disciplines will finally bring us knowledge which benefits cleft people and mankind.
Cleft lip-palate and craniofacial deformities are main challenges of healthcare in Thailand and countries in Asia Pacific region. It causes not only the disfiguration of the face, but it can also affect the feeding, hearing, speech, oral hygiene, dentition and psychosocial health of each patient. These problems are often dismissed, but thankfully for the unification and your concern. The conference today will bring the global knowledge together through the exchange of experience, skills and techniques among interdisciplinary teams. I believe that everybody here has jewellish wisdom, but as we delicately polish with the hands of surgeons, orthodontists, maxillofacial surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, speech therapists, and all medical professionals who have the heart of gold, the cleft knowledge will shine its brightest. That is the future of cleft people we want to see in the world.
Please hold on our “Regional & Global Partnership of Comprehensive Care in Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities” and walk together. The Thai Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Association will walk beside you. Thank you.”
Welcoming Speech : Dr. David Gillett, the Faculty of Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress (APCLPC)
“On behalf of the Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress, I would like to welcome you to our 9th Congress in Khon Kaen, Thailand.
The concept of "team care" for cleft patients was developed in the mid-1900s in Scandinavia. It has been proven that well-coordinated, protocol-based interdisciplinary care gives children born with a cleft the best possible life outcomes. The APCLPC was established after discussions at the 5th International Cleft Palate and Craniofacial meeting in Monte Carlo in 1985. The organization was created to promote team care and provide a venue for education and collaboration throughout the Asia Pacific region. The 1st APCLPC was held in Singapore in 1988 under the Chairmanship of Professor S T Lee. Meetings have been held every 4 years since that meeting to share our research and experiences with regional friends and neighbors. We have since had meetings in Taiwan, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, and Malaysia.
I would like to thank Professor Bowornsilp Chowchuen, Professor Nond Rojvachiranonda, The Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association and the conference organising committee for putting together fantastic scientific and social programs. I am certain we will all return home with new knowledge, new friends and heightened enthusiasm for improving the care we can provide to those patients entrusted to us.”
Opening Speech : Dr. Somsak Changtragul, the Governor of Khon Kaen Province
“Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to be here in this wonderful day to welcome you to our province.
Many participants to this congress are here in Khon Kaen for the first time. For many from outside Mekhong sub-region, the name of “Khon Kaen” province might be unfamiliar to you. It is acceptable that Khon Kaen is a young city. We are not well-known comparing to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Phuket. But tracking back to the days before, the citizen here had shared their livings, folklores, languages, and knowledge with the neighbors in Mekhong regions as well as the visitors from Asia and outside. Thus, the presence of everybody recalls the origin of Khon Kaen. This is why I am overwhelmed when I see the guests from GMS countries like Lao PDR, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar to our South East Asian neighbors comprising of Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia including the far way guests from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom, Mexico, and USA.
Today, Khon Kaen takes geographical advantages to accelerate transportation and communication such as establishment of double track railway along the East-West Corridor, the renovation of Khon Kaen airport to become international airport, and the trams project to solves environmental and traffic problems. This development gives benefits to the economic and helps us connecting to the global areas. Also, we are designated as MICE City – the perfect destination of meetings and seminars, and it is this “9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate & Craniofacial Congress” and “The 12th Annual Meeting of THAI CLEFT LIP-PALATE AND CRANIOFACIAL ASSOCIATION” that addresses Khon Kaen’s modernization; not only because it captures the core situation of our region – cleft lip and palate and craniofacial deformities, but it unites the world-classed intellects together with the collaboration of our leading institution – Khon Kaen University.
This international congress focuses on “Regional & Global Partnership of Comprehensive Care in Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities” which is the corridor that encapsulates the relationship of mankind. In the era where technology dissolves the border, to maximize the quality of people’s life cannot be done alone at all. It is by exchanging and sharing of diverse disciplines that could illuminates the new life to cleft patients. I wish the congress to substantially establish collaboration and serve as an area of wisdom.
I sincerely thank to all the keynote speakers, invited speakers and participants for your time and support. Tonight is the full moon night. As to the Buddhist calendar, it is the day we cherish the Mother of Rivers by praying and offering the banana leaf floating at the waterfronts. The Gala Dinner in the evening will take you to the terrain where Thai spirit is awaiting and will engrave your academic journey as the unforgettable one.”
The Governor hit the gong to formally open the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress 2019. The resonance of the clear sound was a celebration of unity and auspiciousness. At the same time, the honorary delegates and executives from Khon Khon University comprising of Prof. Bowornsilp Chowchuen, Assoc. Prof. Nond Nond Rojvachiranonda, Dr. David Gillett, Assoc.Prof. Kamonwan Jenwitheesuk, Associate Dean for Academic Affair of Faculty of Medicine, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Waranuch Pitiphat, Dean of Faculty of Dentistry, shot off the confetti together as a sign of celebration.
The scientific program focused on academic lectures which conducted at the Main Hall and 3 separated ballrooms. The latest was divided according to concentrative disciplines which were surgical management, orthodontics, and nurse, psychiatry, and speech therapy.
There were 6 topics of academic lectures in the Main Hall of Monday 11th November 2019. The first topic was “APCLPC as Regional & Global Partnership Role - Past, Present, and Future” delivered by Prof.Dr. Bowornsilp Chowchuen, the keynote speaker, and it was the highlight of the congress.
Ballroom 2 - Surgical Management
There were 5 topics of academic lectures in Ballroom 2 which focused topic is “Surgical Management” of Monday 11th November 2019. There were 8 speakers who delivered these 5 topics. The lecture ended at 17.15 hrs.
Ballroom 3 - Orthodontics & Others
There were 5 topics of academic lectures in Ballroom 3 which focused on “Orthodontics” and others relating issues such as maxillofacial surgery. There were 6 speakers who delivered these 5 topics. International speakers who delivered topics were from India, Singapore, and Nepal.
The lecture ended at 17.30 hrs.
Erawan Room - Nurse, Speech, Psychosocial, Social Workers & Others
The topics in Erawan room were varied, and most of the lecturers were knowledge and experience exchange. There were 7 topics delivered by 10 speakers. There was one international speaker from Sweden in this lecture room.
The lecture ended at 17.15 hrs.
The dinner was held for everybody to enjoy the atmosphere of the Northeast of Thailand
Ballroom 2 - Surgical Management
There were 6 topics of academic lectures in the Ballroom 2 on Tuesday 12th November 2019. There were 6 speakers; 4 of 6 were International speakers comprising of Germany, Taiwan, Myanmar, and Japan.
Ballroom 3 - Orthodontics and Others
There were 5 topics of academic lectures in Ballroom 3 which focused on “Orthodontics” and others relating issues such as maxillofacial surgery. There were 6 speakers who delivered these 5 topics. International speakers who delivered topics were from India, Taiwan, and Nepal.
Erawan Room - Nurse, Speech, Psychosocial, Social Workers & Others
There were 5 topics of academic lectures in Erawan Room. Two panel discussions were delivered to open opportunity for participants to talk and share experience in cleft care. There were totally 15 speakers in which 3 of them were international speakers from Australia, South Korea, and Mexico.
The last academic lectures were presented in the Main Hall of Tuesday 12th November 2019 by world-class speakers from Germany, Taiwan, Australia, and United Kingdom.
Paper competition announcement
In the 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Deformities Congress (APCLPC 2019), Poster presentation awards are given for the best poster presentations. Posters are judged by members of the Thai Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Association (TCCA) at 1.30-2.00 PM. of Monday 11 November 2019. Consideration is given to scientific impact, research rigours, and overall presentation of the contents. The posters selected for the Best Poster Awards are officially announced as follows;
Research Poster Presentation
The 1st Place Prize - Long-Term Follow-Up of the Shape and Length of the Lip and Nose after Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair with A Modified Tajima’s Technique (=Naniwa) by Sayuri Taniguchi, Keisuke Imai
The 2nd Place Prize - A Comparative Study of the Nose-Related Outcomes after Skeletofacial Reconstruction in Cleft and Dentofacial Deformities: Patient-Perceived Appearance and 3D Morphometric Analysis by Rafael Denadai, Pang-Yun Chou, Hyung Joon Seo, et al. AND
Efficacy of Suturectomy Using Absorbable Plates in Early Surgery for Plagiocephaly and Scaphocephaly by Chikayoshi Narita, Keisuke Imai, Takeshi Masuoka, et al.
Case Reports and Others Posters
The 1st Place Prize - Simultaneous Premaxilla Repositioning with Iliac Bone Graft in Bilateral Alveolar Cleft by Ittiporn Suteepichetpun, Kiatanant Boonsiriseth
The 2nd Place Prize - Korat NAM I in Presurgical Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment by Nirunrungreng P, Virarat P, Klachoho S, et al.
The 3rd Place Prize - Peirre Robin Sequence (PRS) Management: A Retrospective Review of 36 Consecutive Patients at Princess Margaret Hospital by Hayley Benbow
The Host of the 10th APCLPC 2023
In accordance with the Faculty Meeting on 11th November 2019, 23 committee members of the Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress (APCLPC) had consensus agreement with Prof. Lun-Jou Lo to be the host of the 10th APCLPC 2023. The Congress will be held at Taiwan in 2023. In this occasion, Dr. David Gillett, in regards of APCLPC Congress, presided over to give the flag of the hosting country to Prof. Lun-Jou Lo.
Prof. Bowornsilp Chowchuen, the president of the organizing committee, expressed sincere thanks to the invited speakers, delegates, and participants for being together until the last day of the congress. “The 9th Asian Pacific Cleft Lip-Palate and Craniofacial Congress achieves wonderful success, but it will be impossible without everybody. We see the linkage between regional and global professionals which ensure the good future of patients with cleft lip-palate and craniofacial deformities. Thank you for your dedication and your time for joining us, and see you again in Taiwan in 2023!”, Prof. Bowornsilp embedded the good bye.