This award was created in honour of Dr. Sterling Clarren to recognize his contribution and leadership in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). It celebrates the work of Canadian students or early career researchers whose research has made a substantial contribution to the field of FASD.
In June, CanFASD hosted a one-day conference on FASD in New Brunswick with help from several local partners. The event sold out within two weeks and there were over 200 people in attendance. The goal of this conference was to share knowledge, empower connections, and inspire action for FASD among the Atlantic provinces.
CanFASD had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, as well as members of her staff and senior staff from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need for a National FASD Strategy.
New suicide fact sheets have just been released by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) that focus on suicide prevention among groups who may be at increased risk. But a group of individuals at extraordinarily high risk of suicide is missing from the conversation: those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).