The Cleft Collective

A long-term research project for children born with cleft lip/palate and their families

The Cleft Collective is the world's largest cleft lip and palate research programme. The project is an initiative of the UK charity The Healing Foundation, and is supported entirely by voluntary contributions.

Key partners within The Cleft Collective include the University of Bristol, the University of Manchester, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of the West of England.

The Cleft Collective consists of:

  • Cohort Studies (based in Bristol), investigating the genetic and environmental causes of cleft, the best treatments for cleft and the impact of cleft on those affected; and,
  • a UK Clinical Trials Centre (based in Manchester), responsible for coordinating and supporting cleft research within the NHS.

This website is the base for the Bristol team.

Further information on The Cleft Collective is available on the main project website.

Aidan was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Aidan's dad was also born with a cleft.
Photo used with kind permission of the family. This image must not be re-used elsewhere.