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Dugoni School Professor Elected to Board of International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation

Dr. Marie Tolarova

April  06, 2009

Dr. Marie Tolarova, professor at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and executive director of Pacific's Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (ICPF), a multidisciplinary humanitarian foundation established in 1997 devoted to cleft lip and palate patients.

A long-time member of the ICPF, Tolarova was one of the keynote speakers at the organization's October 2008 congress in Dallas, where she presented an overview of recent research into cleft causes and prevention, including the results of work in the dental school's Craniofacial Genetics Laboratory. She was recently asked by the ICPF to organize the first international workshop on prevention of cleft lip and palate, which will be held in San Francisco later this year.

Tolarova directs several cleft-related courses at the dental school in the DDS and Orthodontics programs. She established the Craniofacial Genetics Laboratory at Pacific in 2001.

"We are now at the very top nationally in clinical teaching [in the areas of] genetics and craniofacial anomalies for both our dental students and orthodontic residents, especially in the area of cleft lip and palate," says Orthodontic Department chair Dr. Robert Boyd. "Dr. Tolarova brings international recognition to our school for her contributions."

Widely known for her contributions to the research into causes of cleft lip and palate, particularly for her studies of primary prevention of clefts, Tolarova is the recipient of several awards including the Rotaplast Distinguished Service Award.

She has published numerous papers and educational brochures, is the author of a book on the epidemiology of orofacial clefts, has contributed to several books with chapters on cleft etiology and prevention, and has lectured throughout the world. She is a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Society, the International Association for Dental Research, the American Association of Human Genetics, and several other professional organizations.

Tolarova received her MD degree from the Charles University School of Medicine in Prague, and is board certified in pediatrics and medical genetics.

She lives with her husband Mirek in San Francisco. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

Category Type: Honors and Awards, Dental Issues and Research

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu