Dear ACPA Members, Colleagues and Friends,
I invite you to join me for the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association at the Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana from March 24-29, 2014.
Attendees will Celebrate the Wonder of team care, discovery, and the extraordinary people we serve through our clinical and research work. The pool of abstracts was outstanding. Dr. Richard Kirschner and the 2014 Program Committee have planned an exciting interdisciplinary program that will appeal to professionals in basic and applied science as well as clinical practice. The Program Committee has refreshed and revitalized the meeting program with topic-based breakout sessions, more panels, instructional courses at introductory and advanced levels, and open forum meetings by discipline. Join us Wednesday night for a new ACPA panel on leadership development, The Voyage of Discovery Through Leadership. In this one hour session, panelists will discuss the pathways to leadership within the organization and beyond and will encourage audience participation for a collaborative discussion on leadership skills and directions. The final Back of the Book session will provide an opportunity for attendees to take a look at all those notes we each take on the program and begin the process of planning projects for the 2015 meeting and beyond!
RJ Palacio, Author of Wonder will open the meeting with the D. Ralph Millard Keynote Address. Wonder has met with critical and social acclaim as a #1 Best Seller on the New York Times booklist in 2013. Ms. Palacio was inspired to write the book after a chance social encounter with a child with mandibulofacial dysostosis (Treacher Collins syndrome). She was struck by her own discomfort in explaining the child’s facial difference to her children and set out to write a book aimed at older elementary and middle school children to explore the perspective of a person with a craniofacial condition. The book has been widely adopted around North America as part of anti-bullying campaigns and has been called “a meditation on kindness.”
Not to be missed is the Pre-Conference Symposium Facial Asymmetries – More or Less…Dysplasias, Hyperplasias, Hypoplasias. Co-Chairs Bruce Horswell and Marilyn Jones have assembled an incredible series of talks that start with a first-hand account of the patient’s journey and will cover everything from genetics to clinical management, psychosocial considerations throughout the lifespan, and the role of the interdisciplinary team. New this year is the Team Care Primer which will be held on Tuesday March 25. The symposium is FREE but does require pre-registration. An optional luncheon will take place after the Primer (nominal fee) and will provide additional opportunities to network. Be sure to register early for these terrific pre-conference opportunities.
The venue at the Indianapolis Marriott is situated in the heart of downtown “Indy” within walking distance to terrific shopping, restaurants, museums, and more! Indianapolis with its Hoosier hospitality is compact, connected and convenient! It was strategically designed and built with climate-controlled skywalks and offers one of the most walkable venues in the country - in all seasons and weather. You will enjoy being within walking distance of over 200 restaurants, 50 attractions and 250 acres of green urban space including a canal zone and a runner’s paradise in the White River State Park just 2 blocks from the meeting hotel.
Be sure to arrive in time for the Welcome Reception on Tuesday March 25. Ron Hathaway and the Local Arrangements Committee have planned a spectacular conference gala an Evening of Wonder at the Indiana Roof Ballroom just steps from the hotel on Thursday March 27.
I look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to our 71st annual meeting in Indianapolis! The meeting will inform and inspire you to Celebrate the WONDER!
Helen Sharp, PhD
Come celebrate the wonder!
Come celebrate the wonder of discovery, the wonder of team care, and, most of all, the wonder of our extraordinary patients and their families as we gather in America's heartland for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The program will feature a fresh new look, with exciting new educational opportunities for all.
Join us in vibrant Indianapolis to learn how we can work together to achieve outcomes perceived as excellent not simply through our eyes, but through those of our patients as well.
Richard E. Kirschner, MD, FAAP, FACS
ACPA Vice President-Elect and 2014 Program Chair