What is FASD

Generally referred to as FASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are the most common, most expensive, yet most preventable of all mental disorders in the industrialized world. FASworld is dedicated to the idea that a woman should not drink alcohol when planning or during pregnancy. Read More

Vision Statement (Long Term)

FASD shall be recognized as Canada’s most common, most expensive, yet most preventable mental disorder.

Mission Statement (5 Year)

Canadian FASD support organizations shall present a collective front to governments, social agencies, media and the general public to raise awareness of the social costs of FASD and create action programs to carry out this mandate.

The Brain: Mental Health

MR Images Show How Fetal Alcohol Exposure Affects Children’s Brains Children exposed to alcohol during fetal development show brain structure and metabolism alterations that can be seen using various imaging techniques.
The study’s findings were presented November 25, 2012, at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), held in Chicago (IL, USA). Alcohol use by expectant mothers can lead to problems with the mental and physical development of their children – a disorder known as fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Conferences & Events

February 2013 – The 5th International Conferece on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Research: Results and Relevance Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World Conference Updates: Abstract Submissions are now closed. Thank you.Conference Date: February 27 – March 2, 2013.

September 2013 – 1st International Conference of FASD

Preventing harm from alcohol use during pregnancy. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada September 23 – 25, 2013

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FASD News

  • NOFAS 25th Anniversary Awards Benefit

    The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) in Washington, D.C. honored champions in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and recovery advocates at our 25th Anniversary Awards Reception. The reception was held June 10,   FASworld Canada is the only Canadian Affiliate of NOFAS and the first to be elected to the group […]

  • Front-line Police Perceptions of FASD

        Michelle Stewart* and Krystal Glowatski University of Regina, Canada Keywords: police perceptions; police–civilian interactions; Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; police training; Canada Abstract: This paper reports findings from police interviews regarding understandings of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) including the challenges this presents at the front line. The project investigates police perceptions, as individuals […]

  • In Fetal Alcohol Study, IPA Finds the Signal in the Noise

      At Western University (London, ON), Ben Laufer is making strides in demonstrating the rampant genome-wide changes related to fetal alcohol syndrome and related disorders, a group of diseases that have been difficult to study due to heterogeneity in exposure and subsequent symptoms. By using QIAGEN’s Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA), he has proven that widespread […]

  • Resources for children with FASD slim in out-state Minnesota

    Ed. Note: If this report sounds like your community, let us know. Remember, FASD is the most common, most expensive, yet most preventable of all mental disorders in the industrialized world. MOFAS is running the FASworld Baby Bump Campaign in Minnesota, warning everyone that a woman should avoid alcohol when planning and during pregnancy. St. Peter […]