The National FASD Database

“This is the first time that Canada has had enough data to begin to really understand our FASD population – we have relied on data from other countries in the past.  Now we can see what the clinical profiles are for our own population affected by prenatal alcohol exposure, what their service needs are, and […]

Announcement: Applications for the 2019 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award

CanFASD is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award are now open! The CanFASD Sterling Clarren Research Award has been named in honour of Dr. Sterling Clarren to recognize his pioneering contribution and leadership in the field of FASD. The award is presented annually to a Canadian student or […]

Cannabis Use During Pregnancy: is it Safe?

The Government of Canada plans to legalize cannabis on October 17, 2018, which will allow Canadians over the age of 18 to possess and use the drug legally. But this decision does not mean that cannabis use is safe. Research shows that cannabis can impair a person’s concentration, memory, judgement, and reaction time, and cause […]

Mark Your Calendars!

A number of conferences and events are coming up in the next few months that may be of interest to you. Click the pictures below for more information: September 6-7, 2018: “Putting it Together” Vernon FASD Conference (Vernon, BC) September 24-26, 2018: European Conference on FASD (Berlin, Germany) October 23-26, 2018: The Future of Child […]

We Want to Hear from You!

One of the goals of the CanFASD blog is to build knowledge of FASD and share this knowledge across communities. We want to help you learn about research that is meaningful and relevant to you, and we are trying to do this in a couple of ways: Over the years, CanFASD has written a series […]

Welcome to Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan – New CanFASD Research Lead

CanFASD is pleased to announce Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan has joined CanFASD as a Research Lead in Justice. Dr. Kaitlyn McLachlan is an Assistant Professor in the CPA-accredited Clinical Psychology program at the University of Guelph. Dr. McLachlan is a Psychologist (C. Psych) who completed graduate training (MA, PhD) with a forensic specialization at Simon Fraser […]

CanFASD Responds to Federal Budget

Please enjoy an opinion piece from CanFASD Research Network Executive Director, Audrey McFarlane. Reconciliation. Advancement. Growth. Progress. These four words are the section titles for this year’s Federal Budget. Finance Minister Bill Morneau gave a rousing speech in the House of Commons to introduce the ambitious, wide-ranging plan. He concluded by saying: “We will continue […]

Article Summary: Housing Interventions for Homeless, Pregnant, and Parenting Women

Housing interventions for homeless, pregnant/parenting women with addictions: A systematic review  Journal: Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless Authors: Jessica Krahn, Vera Caine, Jean Chaw-Kent, and Ameeta Singh This article reviews the literature on the issues facing homeless women and examines whether housing interventions demonstrate an impact for homeless, pregnant/parenting women with addictions.  First, here […]

Northwest Territories is Improving Supports for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Autism

Congratulations to the Northwest Territories for their commitment to advancing FASD and autism services! On March 7, 2018, Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, spoke in legislature about the concrete steps the NWT is taking to enhance its services for those with disabilities. CanFASD Board Chair, Tim Moorhouse, was in the legislature when this […]

Determining Prenatal Alcohol Exposure for FASD Diagnostic Clinics

Dr. Leigh Wincott and Dr. Hasmukhlal Rajani have written two pieces on important aspects of the making of an FASD diagnosis according to the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): a guideline for diagnosis across the lifespan. Dr. Wincott addresses how teams address the determination of prenatal alcohol exposure for a diagnostic assessment and Dr. Rajani expands on […]