Seminar 28 November 2023 - Evolving Perspectives in Improving Cleft Lip and Palate Care


The BRCCH cordially invites you to join our seminar about evolving perspectives in improving cleft lip and palate care. Prof Andreas Mueller (University Hospital Basel, Switzerland) and Dr Baran Gözcü (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) will share their BRCCH consortium’s research progress in developing a digital pipeline to reduce the treatment burden and cost of cleft lip and palate care. Assoc Prof David Chong (Royal Children's Hospital, Australia) will present his work pursuing the best way to treat children who require facial surgery for cleft lip and palate.

When: Tuesday, 28th November 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CET, to be followed by an apéro

Where: Hybrid Zoom / Seminarraum U1.197– Biozentrum, University of Basel, Spitalstrasse 41, 4056 Basel

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      • Welcome by Dr Adelita Sommacal (University Hospital Basel, Switzerland)
      • Keynote by Prof Andreas Mueller (University Hospital Basel, Switzerland): "Reducing the Burden in Cleft Care: The Knife is not Enough"
      • Keynote by Dr Baran Gözcü (ETH Zurich, Switzerland): "Cleft Care in the 21st Century: Can AI Revolutionize?"
      • Keynote by Assoc Prof David Chong (Royal Children's Hospital, Australia): "Global Cleft Care: A Personal Journey"
      • Q&A and Closing
      • Networking Apéro


Dr Adelita Sommacal

University Hospital Basel, Switzerland



Dr. Adelita Sommacal is a resident at the Department of Oral and Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery at the University Hospital in Basel. She graduated from the University of Basel in medicine and in dental medicine. Currently she is working on her second thesis with Professor Andreas A Mueller in the field of unilateral cleft lip and palate.

Prof Andreas Mueller

University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Talk: "Reducing the Burden in Cleft Care: The Knife is not Enough"


Prof Andreas A Mueller is a passionate senior craniofacial surgeon who has been engaged in the clinical care of cleft lip and palate malformations for more than 15 years. He is heavily involved in basic and clinical research in this medical area. Since 2014, he has led the cleft lip and palate treatment centre at the University of Basel. This centre brings together all pertinent specialists for cleft care from University Hospital Basel, University Children’s Hospital Basel and the University Dental Clinic, with the objective of delivering the highest standard of care to the affected children and their families from birth to adulthood. He also serves as the Vice President of the Swiss Society for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies.

Convinced of the importance of biomedical engineering in surgery, he completed his PhD entitled “Complementing Surgical with Biomedical Engineering Methods to Evolve Lip and Nose Reconstruction” and further deepened his microsurgical training at the Department for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery in Amiens, France. His outstanding research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and he has been awarded the Helene Matras Prize (Austria) and the Bernd Spiessl and Hugo Obwegeser prizes (Switzerland).

Prof Mueller co-leads the BRCCH project: Burden-Reduced Cleft Lip and Palate Care and Healing. Read more here.

Dr Baran Gözcü

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Talk: "Cleft Care in the 21st Century: Can AI Revolutionize"


Dr Baran Gözcü is a researcher in the Computer Graphics Laboratory at ETH Zurich. He is interested in applied research and his current research interests are in the fields of biomedical imaging, machine learning and computer vision. Dr Gözcü received his BSc degrees in electrical and electronics engineering and mathematics from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and his MSc and PhD degrees from the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.

Dr Gözcü is a researcher on the BRCCH project: Burden-Reduced Cleft Lip and Palate Care and Healing. Read more here.

Assoc Prof David Chong

Royal Children's Hospital, Australia

Talk: "Global Cleft Care: A Personal Journey"


Assoc Prof David Chong is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon committed to the care of those affected by facial deformities. He graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1995. He is the current President of the Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Society, and volunteers three months a year with Operation Smile and Mercy Ships. He has recently taken on a paid role with Operation Smile overseeing their commitment to global health education and outcomes and is Chairperson of the Cleft Surgery Training Programme.

David’s passion is correcting facial and skull deformities in children and is particularly known for his work in cleft lip and palate. He holds a clinical appointment at Royal Children’s Hospital and has authored numerous article and book chapters on cleft lip/palate , craniofacial and salivary control surgery.