The Canada FASD Conference 2023 is pleased to announce the 2023 call for abstract submissions. The application deadline is Monday, April 24, 2023.

Focusing on work that has a tangible impact can help us envision and action a future where barriers are broken down and stigma is eliminated. We want stories that can connect us, projects that will inspire us, and innovations that are moving the field forward. When we show how we can move from evidence to action, we can empower everyone.

The conference theme – Connect, Inspire, Innovate: From Evidence to Action – is inclusive of all voices in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and prevention of the disability.  We welcome submissions from research, policy, programs, and practice and submissions from those with personal experience.

More information about subsidies for student presenters will be available soon.

Submission Requirements for Research/Policy/Practice Abstracts

Presentation Formats

  • Oral Presentations (20 or 60 minutes)
  • Workshops (90 minutes)
  • Poster

Presentation Themes

Abstracts are welcome in all areas of FASD and FASD Prevention.  The conference will focus on the following sub themes:

    • Current trends and new issues
    • Wellness including resiliency, physical health, and healthy approaches
    • Reconciliation, community and culture-driven approaches
    • Supporting at-risk or priority populations (e.g., youth and emerging adults, incarcerated and justice involved-persons, older adults, people who are unhoused, new Canadians, LGBTQ2S+, etc.)
    • Stigma reduction and discrimination
    • Innovative and novel approaches to delivering care
    • The continuum of care: promoting health, services, and support across the lifespan
    • Building capacity
    • Clinical research
    • Prevention efforts that span the spectrum of FASD prevention approaches
    • Assessment and diagnosis
    • Intersections of FASD with child welfare, justice, housing, employment, education, and parenting
    • International work
    • Personal experience

How to submit your abstract

Abstracts submission is now closed.

Submission Requirements for Personal Experience Abstracts

Presentation Format

We encourage different types of submissions such as posters, artwork, storytelling, or other types of oral presentation.

Presentation Themes

Your idea should be relevant to the conference theme: Connect, Inspire, Innovate. It should have a message that can be presented clearly to the audience. Consider an idea or message that could improve their work and understanding of people with FASD. If you are a person with FASD, helping others understand the pros and cons of your experience could be helpful. Example ideas include:

  • The challenges and successes of providing support to those who have FASD;
  • The use and impact of different types of medication;
  • Managing wellness strategies, especially during COVID-19;
  • Substance use and mental health;
  • Stigma and discrimination;
  • Parents’ experiences;
  • Employment success; and
  • Alternative or new approaches to providing support to people with FASD.

How to submit your abstract

Abstract submission is now closed.