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International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (ICPF) is a multi disciplinary humanitarian foundation, established on October 23, 1997 in Kyoto, Japan.

The foundation’s administrative body is the Board of Trustees: 

Secretary & Treasurer
Kenneth E. Salyer (USA)
Secretary & Treasurer
Nagato Natsume (Japan)
Chairman of the Board
David Precious (Canada)

Marie M. Tolarova


S.M. Balaji (India), Peter Ward Booth (UK), Pill-Hoon Choung (Korea), Michael M. Cohen (Canada),  Hans Henning Horch (Germany), Ayu Astuti Ida (Indonesia), Lian Ma (China), Jong-Ryoul Kim (Korea), Myung-Jin Kim (Korea), A.F. Markus (UK), Hajime Sunakawa (Japan), Marie M. Tolarova (USA), Guomin Wang (China)

ICPF organized six International Congresses:

CLEFT 2000 – Zurich, Switzerland, July 1-5, 2000. Organizer: Prof. Dr. Hermann F. Sailer
CLEFT 2002 – Munich, Germany, September 15-19, 2002. Organizer: Prof. Dr. Hans-Henning Horch
CLEFT 2004  - Halifax, Canada, June 22-26, 2004. Organizer: Prof. Dr. David Precious
CLEFT 2006 – East Bourne, United Kingdom, June 25-27, 2006. Organizer: Prof. Dr. Peter Ward Booth
CLEFT 2008 -  Dallas, Texas, USA, September 16-20, 2008. Organizer: Prof. Kenneth E. Salyer
CLEFT 2010 – Seoul, Korea, June 9-12, 2010. Organizer: Prof. Jong-Ryoul Kim

and two International Workshops:

CLEFT 2005 – Chennai, India, December 3-6, 2005. Organizer: Prof. Dr. S. M. Balaji
CLEFT 2007 – Beijing, China, November 25-29, 2007. Organizer: Prof. Lian Ma

Pacific Cleft Prevention Program is led by Dr. Marie M. Tolarova. 

Dugoni School Professor Elected to Board of International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundationa
Tolarova honored with Distinguished Service Award

The program  started in 1997 (as Program for Prevention of Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Anomalies)  at the Craniofacial Center , University of California School of Dentistry in San Francisco with support of Dr. Karin Vargevik, Director of the Craniofacial Center and Dean Bertolami.  

In 1999 Dr. Tolarova moved to the University of the Pacific Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry where this program is part of Pacific Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program at the Department of Orthodontics. With continuous support of Dr. Robert Boyd, Department Chair and Dean Emeritus Dugoni and Dean Ferrillo, Tolarova’s  group, that includes Research Fellows, orthodontic residents, students, and volunteers  is conducting numerous research studies (molecular genetics, epidemiology, nutrition) toward understanding causes of cleft lip and palate anomalies with ultimate goal to develop effective program of their prevention.


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