International FASD Conference 2019- Research, Results and Relevance

The 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, titled ‘Research, Results and Relevance’, will be held from March 6-9th in Vancouver British Columbia. The conference is a collaboration of experts from various disciplines to share research on  prevention, diagnosis and intervention. Objectives of the conference include: Collaborate on how emerging research can be applied […]

CanFASD Courses: Foundations in FASD

CanFASD is pleased to announce our newest free course, which provides a basic training program intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD. This evidence-based course is both culturally sensitive and responsive to learners needs. Topics in this course include an overview of FASD assessment and diagnosis, FASD interventions, how alcohol […]

Ottawa Senators and the Rural FASD Support Network make hockey dreams come true

On January 5th, 2019, the Ottawa Senators played the Minnesota Wild at the Canadian Tire Centre. Prior to the game, Robert More was interviewed by CBC Radio, as described below. Robert More is with the Rural FASD Support Network and is the adoptive father of 3 children with FASD, who have never before been to […]

Fun and Festive: Holiday Mocktails

During the holiday season there are always lots of parties, festivities, family gatherings, and work functions. While this is often a fun and festive time of year, it can also be a time of excess, including alcohol use. This week, CanFASD Research Leads and staff have been visiting local news stations across the country to […]

Two new papers published this week by CanFASD researchers

Two papers led by CanFASD researchers were released last week. These papers are part of a special issue on FASD being put together by Advances in Dual Diagnosis. Written by two of our Research Leads, our Scientific Director, and our Research Associate, the first paper profiles our organization. CanFASD is a non-governmental organization that focuses […]

Article Summary: FAST Club: The Impact of a Physical Activity Intervention on Executive Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Background Physical activity (PA) has shown to be beneficial for those with FASD. However, few studies have been done on PA in the FASD population, and PA programs targeting those with FASD are not common yet. This study talks about the physical activity program, FAST Club, for children with FASD, where they were paired with […]

Conference Highlights the 2nd Australian FASD Conference 2018: Our Science, Our Stories

Lindsay Wolfson, MPH Lindsay is a Research Coordinator at the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and a consultant at the Canada FASD Research Network. She holds a Master of Public Health, Social Inequities and Health, from Simon Fraser University. Lindsay is responsible for research and collaboration on projects relating to the operationalization of the […]

Article Summary: Stereotyping and stigmatizing disability: A content analysis of Canadian print new media about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Newspaper and other forms of media can have a significant influence on public perception, including society’s attitude towards people with disabilities, including FASD. This group is often discriminated against, and stigmatized, because of the way the media stereotypes and criticizes those with FASD, and mothers who drink while they’re pregnant. The authors of this article […]

Article Summary: Midwives’ knowledge, attitudes and practice about alcohol exposure and the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Background Pregnant women agree that health care professionals have great influence in providing advice for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Midwives play a significant role in advising pregnant women on the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy and therefore must be knowledgeable and confident in order to appropriately deliver the abstinence message. This article aims […]