European Conference on FASD 2016

12-15 September 2016, Royal Holloway, London

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04 JUL 2016

Scotland--National Health Service, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, has published a 35-page primer on preconception health, education and care. Missed Periods: Scotland's opportunities for better pregnancies, healthier parents and thriving babies the first time . . . and every time and a shorter, 14-page version, Prepared for Pregnancy? Preconception health, education and care in Scotland.

04 JUL 2016

Scotland--The National Health Service of Scotland hosts an eLearning course on FASD, too.

16 JUN 2016

Germany--Germany is organizing an Alcohol Awareness Week "Alcohol? Less is better!" to be held 13th - 21st May 2017. International partners are invited to participate. For more information, see here.

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AAP researchers release guidelines on new pediatric neurobehavioral disorder Researchers associated with the AAP have published in Pediatrics guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the newly proposed mental diagnosis neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Healio

Children arrive from the East already victims of alcohol Use of alcohol during pregnancy is among the most common causes of intellectual disability acquired during infancy. A condition termed fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is totally preventable by pregnant women abstaining completely from drinking alcoholic beverages. West--Welfare Society Territory (Spain)

Support services for FASD inconsistent across Canada, prof says A Saskatchewan university professor says Canada needs to step up its support and services for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. (Canada)

One family experiences both joy and sadness with special needs ESA lottery Both Jocelyn and Benjamin have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual who is exposed to alcohol while their mother is pregnant. FASD may cause physical, mental, or behavioral effects, as well as a variety of other learning disabilities. Empower Mississippi

MP supports campaign highlighting risk of alcohol during pregnancy Middelwich MP Fiona Bruce has helped launch a new campaign to highlight the rise in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among children and new born babies. Middlewich Guardian (UK)

Birth Defects In New Born Can Be Caused By Father's Lifestyle Whenever a child is born with a defect at birth, the mother's lifestyle always puts in question. But what is the newborn is born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) even though the baby's mother has never taken any alcohol in her lifestyle. This shows that even a father's life style is able to affect the lifestyle of a newborn during conception. Healthy Critics


Fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol in pregnancy--GUIDELINES Obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine guidelines. Pregnancy. Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research

FASD Research Project This research project is lead by Dr. Michelle Stewart at the University of Regina. Working with her team of students, Dr. Stewart has a multi-level research project in three key areas: FASD & Social Justice, FASD & the Lived Experience, Strengths-Based Workshops.

FRONTLINE NEWSLETTER--OCTOBER 2016 Still thinking of what to do with kids this Halloween? Don't worry, we did the homework for you. Your Halloween celebration can include much more than just costumes and trick-or-treating. These simple, not-too-scary Halloween games will help you host the best Halloween party ever! We also have a piece on relationships and so much more! Happy reading! EFAN

FASD - Part 2 - Assessment Management of FASD NJAAP

My Adult FASD Diagnosis: Clarity for a Man and his Mom NeuroDevNet


Guidelines for identification and treatment of individuals with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and associated fetal alcohol spectrum disorders based upon expert consensus The association of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) results in a complex constellation of symptoms that complicates the successful diagnosis and treatment of the affected individual. BMC Psychiatry

Closing Gaps: Strength-Based Approaches to Research with Aboriginal Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders There is substantial literature on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) research involving Aboriginal children, but little related literature on other common neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or cerebral palsy (CP) for this population. Neuroethics

Alterations to hippocampal neuroplasticity across the lifespan in a rodent model of FASD Alcohol exposure in utero can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrums Disorders (FASD) in the child. Patients with FASD exhibit permanent structural changes in various brain regions, including the hippocampus and functional impairments in many aspects of cognition and behavior. UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE

Second-Trimester Ultrasound as a Tool for Early Detection of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Early detection of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) is desirable to allow earlier and more comprehensive interventions to be initiated for the mother and infant. We examined prenatal ultrasound as an early method of detecting markers of the physical features and neurobehavioral deficits characteristic of FASD. Alcoholism

Researchers closer to DNA test for FASD Canadian researchers believe they are closer to developing a DNA test for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), after identifying distinct patterns associated with the DNA of children who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Australian Medicine

Alcohol-Related Neurobehavioral Disabilities: Need for Further Definition and Common Terminology The adverse effects of alcohol on the developing human comprise a continuum of disabilities termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Pediatrics

Effects of Ethanol on Cellular Composition and Network Excitability of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in animal models results in excitatory–inhibitory (E/I) imbalance in neocortex due to alterations in the GABAergic interneuron (IN) differentiation and migration. Alcoholism

Preconception Chronic Male Alcohol Exposure Induces FAS Like Growth Restriction Epidemiologic studies demonstrate that alcohol is the most prevalent teratogen to which humans are exposed. In the US, it is estimated that at least one percent of children suffer from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) or alcohol-related birth defects associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Texas University

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Pair Feeding Differentially Impact Puberty and Reproductive Development in Female Rats: Role of the Kisspeptin System Reproductive maturation is initiated with the onset of puberty, which activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and coincidences with increased expression of the hormone kisspeptin within the hypothalamus. Alcoholism

Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Whisker Clipping Disrupt Ultrasonic Vocalizations and Play Behavior in Adolescent Rats Rats exposed to ethanol prenatally show reduced play fighting, and a combination of prenatal ethanol exposure and neonatal whisker clipping further reduces play fighting compared with ethanol exposure alone Brain Sciences

Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated With Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Children and adolescents affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol who have brain damage that is manifested in functional impairments of neurocognition, self-regulation, and adaptive functioning may most appropriately be diagnosed with neurobehavioral disorder associated with prenatal exposure. Pediatrics

Prenatal alcohol exposure reduces mandibular calcium and phosphorus concentrations in newborn rats Previous studies suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure affects fetal bone development, including bone quality. This study evaluated the chemical composition of mandibles from newborn rats after maternal 20% alcohol consumption before and throughout gestation. Journal of Oral Science

Mechanisms of Ethanol-Induced Developmental Neurotoxicity During synaptogenesis, the developmental stage referred to as the brain growth spurt period, inhibition of neuronal activity can be accomplished by blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDA) receptors or by excessive activation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the developing brain. JOSHUA

Preventing Tragedy in Canada? Risk and Responsibility in Government Discourses about Alcohol Consumption and Pregnancy The feminist analysis presented in this article interrogates the fundamental assumptions that informed the first document produced by the Canadian government about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy


Nawet minimalna ilości alkoholu w ciąży może zaszkodzić dziecku Ciąża powinna być okresem absolutnie wolnym od alkoholu - mówili w Krakowie specjaliści zajmujący się diagnozowaniem i leczeniem dzieci z FASD, czyli z zaburzeniami, które są następstwem zatrucia alkoholowego dziecka w okresie prenatalnym. (Poland)

Pivovarníci upozorňujú na riziká pitia alkoholu počas tehotenstva Fetálny alkoholový syndróm je súbor telesných a mentálnych vývinových porúch plodu, ktoré vznikajú následkom konzumácie alkoholu v tehotenstve. Na riziká upozorňuje kampaň Pivovary Topvar. Dobré noviny (Slovakia)

FAS2025 Het FAS-project geeft kinderen met het Foetaal Alcohol Syndroom een gezicht. FAS is het directe gevolg van het alcoholgebruik van de moeder tijdens de zwangerschap. FAS project 2025 (Netherlands)

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07 February 2017, Brussels, Belgium

De mooiste start begint met een stop:

Alles over de risico's van alcohol op het kind (FASD) en de begeleiding van zwangere gebruikende vrouwen. Dit seminarie belicht de schadelijke gevolgen van middelengebruik tijdens de zwangerschap, in het bijzonder alcoholgebruik en het risico op FASD. Vanuit de praktijk van een FAS-poli in Nederland wordt er stilgestaan bij. . .

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09 January - 08 May, On-line course
University of Murcia (Spanish)


Considerar el embarazo, lactancia y periodo de crianza desde una perspectiva más de natural constituye uno de los retos sanitarios más importantes del siglo XXI. Con este modelo formativo intentamos desarrollar metodología docente innovadora en la que el alumno se convierte en gestor de los. . .

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01 - 04 March 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Research: Results and Relevance 2017

Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World. This advanced level conference continues to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to share international research.

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28 - 31 May 2017, Malmö, Sweden

First International Conference: "Every child has the right to . . ."

This conference will challenge the international community to focus on the issues of children as next of kin and young carers. It aims to support society to take responsibility and actualize the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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