he European Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ECPCA)

Heliövaara, Arja (Finland)

Adjunct professor Arja Heliövaara works as a chief dentist and senior orthodontist at Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center, Department of Plastic Surgery, Helsinki University Hospital.  She does research in cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery and craniosynostosis and has written and co-authored several chapters of cleft care in Finnish medical textbooks. The main research project is ‘Scandcleft randomised trials of primary surgery for unilateral cleft lip and palate.’ She has been in the Scandcleft team since the beginning of the project in 1997. In 2016 she was awarded the prize for the best scientific article of the year in Musculoskeletal and Plastic Surgery Research Center of Helsinki University Hospital.

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