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Our research priorities

In 2016 the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Cleft and Craniofacial Clinical Studies Group suggested that Headlines produce a list of patient-focussed priority research questions.

We then consulted with members and asked them to submit their top 2 research questions. A longlist of 30 questions was collated from submissions made by over 100 members, and then ranked through a workshop with members and health professionals at the inaugural Headlines Conference.

A list of 17 questions was presented back to the members through an online survey, ranked again and final list of 10 questions identified. These were questions validated as “unanswered” by a range of expert health professionals and researchers in the field of craniofacial research.


The ‘Top Ten’ questions, which have helped guide our work with the research community, were:

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