Announcement: Applications for the 2020 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award

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CanFASD is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 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 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  The award is presented annually to a Canadian Early Career Researcher or student in recognition of a completed study that has made a substantial contribution to the FASD field. Preference will be given to work conducted in one of Canada FASD Research Network’s (CanFASD) member provinces/territories (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon).  However, Canadian researchers conducting work in other jurisdictions may also apply. Projects must also include a knowledge translation component. Applications may be submitted by:

  • A student working in the field of FASD near the completion of their studies, or
  • An early career investigator (within 5 years of first Faculty appointment)

This year’s applications are due by December 6th, 2019. The award recipient will be invited to participate in the 9th international Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD: Review, Respond and Relate, in Vancouver, BC, April 22-25, 2020.

For more information about the CanFASD Sterling Clarren Research Awards, including award application instructions and the application form, please refer to our website.


Dr. Tamara Bodnar received the 2019 CanFASD Sterling Clarren Research Award at the 8th International Conference on FASD. Dr. Bodnar is pictured here with Alan Bocking, CanFASD’s previous Scientific Advisor, and Dr. Sterling Clarren.

Dr. Bodnar is a Research Associate in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at The University of British Columbia (UBC), supervised by Dr. Joanne Weinberg. Her research examines the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure and other early-life environmental manipulations on immune function across development. Her research involves animal models of prenatal alcohol exposure, as well as human studies examining the impact of in utero alcohol exposure. The overall goal of her research is to identify both immune-related biomarkers and targets for possible immune-based intervention strategies for individuals with FASD.

You can read more about Dr. Bodnar and other previous recipients here

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