All Canadians are engaged and united with awareness, evidence and knowledge to effectively address the complexities of FASD.


CanFASD supports Canada’s leadership, across all sectors and at all levels, in addressing the extraordinary complexities of FASD. The Network does this through producing and sustaining national collaborative research that focuses primarily on the critical areas of prevention, intervention and diagnosis. Our goal is to support effective prevention strategies and practices that improve support for individuals affected by FASD.

Network Level

  • Identify current FASD research activities across Canada;
  • Respond to research and knowledge “gaps” from a policy and practitioner perspective; and
  • Support Network Action Team research projects, collaborations and opportunities.

Prevention Network Action Team

  • Conduct research on women’s substance use, and many other areas related to women’s health;
  • Link research, policy and practice of women’s health and FASD prevention initiatives;
  • Perform program evaluation and knowledge translation activities (e.g., blogs) related to FASD prevention;
  • Identify connections between a variety of determinants of women’s health and alcohol use.

Intervention Network Action Team

  • Build awareness of the functional needs of individuals of FASD and identify interventions that address these needs across jurisdictions and the lifespan;
  • Establish an online community with the goal of having a central place where ideas, interventions, and research can evolve; and
  • Develop and maintain knowledge translation activities such as quarterly e-newsletters and blogs to update stakeholders about developments in the field of FASD intervention and the Network Action Team.

Diagnostics Network Action Team

  • Promote increased consistency, clarity and accuracy to the diagnosis of FASD;
  • Create normative data sets for improving the accuracy of facial feature measurements associated with FASD; and
  • Develop a consensus for measuring the functional aspects of brain