Better Nights, Better Days – Facebook Live Series in February

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Better Nights, Better Days is an online program created by sleep experts from across Canada. Sleep is very important for children to improve their behaviour, mood, performance at school, and overall well-being. Around 25% of children experience insomnias, such as falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up too early. However, getting in-person treatment for poor sleep patterns can prove to … Read More

Top Articles of 2018

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CanFASD staff, researchers, and Family Advisory Committee members worked together in selecting certain articles to highlight some of the work that has been published over the last year in the field of FASD. Over 460 papers published on FASD in 2018 were narrowed down to a final list of 35 that focus on CanFASD’s areas of emphasis in FASD prevention, intervention, … Read More

Article Summary: Prevalence and characteristics of adults with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in corrections: a Canadian case ascertainment study

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Individuals with FASD are overrepresented in criminal justice settings, but there is currently little evidence to describe prevalence rates. The study summarized below estimated the prevalence of FASD in a Northern Canadian correctional context. Main Findings Of 80 individuals assessed, 14 received a diagnosis of FASD, equating to a 17.5% prevalence rate Among those who received a diagnosis, only two … Read More

International FASD Conference 2019- Research, Results and Relevance

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The 8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, titled ‘Research, Results and Relevance’, will be held from March 6-9th in Vancouver British Columbia. The conference is a collaboration of experts from various disciplines to share research on  prevention, diagnosis and intervention. Objectives of the conference include: Collaborate on how emerging research can be applied to individuals with FASD Broaden … Read More

CanFASD Courses: Foundations in FASD

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CanFASD is pleased to announce our newest free course, which provides a basic training program intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD. This evidence-based course is both culturally sensitive and responsive to learners needs. Topics in this course include an overview of FASD assessment and diagnosis, FASD interventions, how alcohol affects the brain development of … Read More

Fun and Festive: Holiday Mocktails

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During the holiday season there are always lots of parties, festivities, family gatherings, and work functions. While this is often a fun and festive time of year, it can also be a time of excess, including alcohol use. This week, CanFASD Research Leads and staff have been visiting local news stations across the country to discuss supporting alcohol-free pregnancies during … Read More

Two new papers published this week by CanFASD researchers

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Two papers led by CanFASD researchers were released last week. These papers are part of a special issue on FASD being put together by Advances in Dual Diagnosis. Written by two of our Research Leads, our Scientific Director, and our Research Associate, the first paper profiles our organization. CanFASD is a non-governmental organization that focuses on cross-disciplinary research, as well … Read More

Article Summary: FAST Club: The Impact of a Physical Activity Intervention on Executive Function in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Background Physical activity (PA) has shown to be beneficial for those with FASD. However, few studies have been done on PA in the FASD population, and PA programs targeting those with FASD are not common yet. This study talks about the physical activity program, FAST Club, for children with FASD, where they were paired with an adult to help them … Read More

Conference Highlights the 2nd Australian FASD Conference 2018: Our Science, Our Stories

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Lindsay Wolfson, MPH Lindsay is a Research Coordinator at the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and a consultant at the Canada FASD Research Network. She holds a Master of Public Health, Social Inequities and Health, from Simon Fraser University. Lindsay is responsible for research and collaboration on projects relating to the operationalization of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, fetal … Read More