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Edmonton, Canada, 23 - 25 September 2013

Conference on the prevention of FASD

The first international conference on prevention of FASD will take place in Edmonton, Canada, 23-25 September 2013. The conference will discuss promising approaches for preventing harm to the fetus caused by mother’s use of alcohol during pregnancy.

Drinking during pregnancy can have many adverse consequences, one of which is fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), says the conference web site. The term FASD refers to a spectrum of disorders ranging from fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) at the most severe end of the spectrum to partial fetal alcohol syndrome (pFAS), alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders (ARND), and alcohol-related birth defects (ARBD).

There is no cure for FASD, and those affected face lifelong difficulties arising from disabilities associated with the disorder. To develop effective prevention strategies is therefore critical, and this is the focus of the first international conference taking place in Edmonton, Canada, 23-25 September 2013.

Here is the web site of the FASD conference.

The conference will address the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of FASD. Plenary sessions will promote discussion and reflection on promising and innovative approaches for preventing FASD, such as policies and programs to address alcohol use and the social determinants of health. Sessions will identify barriers to FASD prevention and possible solutions for overcoming these obstacles. The conference will serve as an international knowledge exchange and networking forum for those interested in FASD prevention, bringing together key experts from around the globe.

The incidence of FASD in North America is frequently estimated at 1% of newborns. Much higher figures, approximately 2% to 6%, have been reported in Italy (May et al, 2011); and a study from South Africa (May et al, 2007) reported that approximately 6% to 8% of newborns in that country are affected by the most severe forms of FASD, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and partial fetal alcohol syndrome (pFAS).

The organizers announce that the conference will be of interest to: Government officials Policymakers in health, education, justice, and social services Researchers in the fields of FASD, alcohol addiction, social determinants of health, social sciences, and social marketing Service providers and healthcare professionals Those affected by FASD, their families, and other caregivers Students Teachers and other educators