Andreas A Mueller Research Group - Facial and Cranial Anomalies

We are a team of surgeons and researchers with specialization in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, serving patients at the University Hospital of Basel and the University Children's Hospital Basel. Our main focus is treatment of patients with facial and cranial anomalies as University Center for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies, specially infants born with orofacial cleft. (History of cleft lip and palate treatment) We conduct translational research as members of the Department of Clinical Research and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Basel. Our aim is to develop optimal treatment strategies with minimal burden for the patient and health care system that simultaneously achieve better functional and structural outcome. We continually strive to achieve our goals at the interface among clinical activities, technological development and biological research through local and international collaborations among multidisciplinary groups.

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Benitez BK, Brudnicki A, Tache A, Wieprzowski Ł, Surowiec Z, Nalabothu P, Lill Y, Mueller AA. Comparative study on cleft palate morphology after passive presurgical plate therapy in unilateral cleft lip and palate. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, Volume 92, 2024 (198-206), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2024.03.001

Shahbazi A, Mueller AA, Mezey S, Gschwindt S, Kiss T., Bksa G, Kisnisci R. Is the collateral circulation pattern in the hard palate affected by cleft deformity? Clinical Oral Investigations (accepted)

Mezey S, Schönegg D, Benitez BK, Toranelli M, Hussain SA, Müller-Gerbl M, Mueller AA.
New Insights into the anatomical basis of human cleft palate surgeryFacing Forward, Applied Craniofacial Anatomy: Evolution, Development & Bioengineering. Anatomical Society Winter Meeting, 3rd-5th January 2024.

Eckstein-Halla N, Filippi C, Müller AA. Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumen-Spalten. In: Filippi A Filippi C Neuhaus KW Quintessenz Verlags-GmbH. Die Zahnmedizinische Behandlung Von Menschen Mit Special Needs. (Copyright owned by Quintessenz Verlag) 1. Auflage 2024 ed. Berlin: Quintessenz Verlag; 2024.

Lill Y, Cespedes WV, Benitez BK, Eckstein-Halla NC, Leitmeyer KS, Gürtler N, Stieger C, Mueller AA, Screening for congenital hearing impairment with brainstem evoked response audiometry in isolated orofacial cleft, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,
2023, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijom.2023.11.008

Lingens L. Gözcü B, Schnabel T, Lill Y, Benitez BK, Nalabothu P, Mueller AA, Gross M. and Solenthaler B. Image-Based 3D Reconstruction of Cleft Lip and Palate Using a Learned Shape Prior. In International Workshop on Applications of Medical AI (pp. 94-103). 2023 Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland. https://people.inf.ethz.ch/~sobarbar/paper/Lingens23.pdf

Meyer S, Benitez BK, Thieringer FM, Mueller AA. 3D-printable Open-source Cleft Lip and Palate Impression Trays – A Single-Impression-Workflow. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, May 15, 2023. DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000010684 Open Source Impression Trays

Schnabel TN, Gözcü B, Gotardo P, Lingens L, Dorda D, Vetterli F, Emhemmed A, Nalabothu P, Lill Y, Benitez BK, Mueller AA, Gross M, Solenthaler B. Automated and data-driven plate computation for presurgical cleft lip and palate treatment. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg. 2023 Apr 2. doi: 10.1007/s11548-023-02858-6

Benitez BK, Brudnicki A, Surowiec Z, Wieprzowski L, Rasadurai A, Nalabothu P, Lill Y, Mueller AA. Digital Impressions from Newborns to Preschoolers with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Two-Centers Experience, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2022.08.015

Zarean P, Zarean P, Thieringer FM, Mueller AA, Kressmann S, Erismann M, Sharma N, Benitez BK. A Point-of-Care Digital Workflow for 3D Printed Passive Presurgical Orthopedic Plates in Cleft Care. Children. 2022; 9(8):1261. https://doi.org/10.3390/children9081261 Open Source Workflow

Benitez BK, Weibel SK, Halbeisen FS, Lill Y, Nalabothu P, Tache A, Mueller AA. Craniofacial Growth at Age 6–11 Years after One-Stage Cleft Lip and Palate Repair: A Retrospective Comparative Study with Historical Controls. Children. 2022; 9(8):1228. https://doi.org/10.3390/children9081228

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