FASD Research Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
The purpose of this consortium is to inform and develop effective interventions and treatment approaches for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), through multidisciplinary research involving basic, behavioral and clinical investigators and projects. We hope to develop an infrastructure to foster collaboration and coordinate basic, clinical and translational research on FASD.


Keller Lecture Featuring Dr. Kathleen Sulik on November 5
Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and a member of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill will present the lecture, "Embryos and Ethanol: Basic Research to Prevention" at the Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

The 2015 NOFAS International Gala -- September 17, 2015
In September, as we celebrate the first Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month, NOFAS has the privilege of honoring three distinguished leaders for their extraordinary contributions to advancing the work and vision of NOFAS.
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Michael Charness is honored with the Henry Rosett Award
Michael Charness, Scientific Director of CIFASD, is honored with the Henry Rosett Award at the 2015 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Study Group meeting for his contributions to the FASD research field.
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September is National FASD Awareness Month
NOFAS and the FASD community are thrilled to announce that the first ever Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month is September 2015! Join us in raising awareness about the risks associated with prenatal alcohol exposure and the needs of children and adults living with an FASD. FASD Awareness Month is an expansion of the enormously successful International FASD Awareness Day, established in 1999.
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Congratulations to Dr. Ed Riley for Winning the Starfish Award
Dr. Ed Riley (right), PI of the CIFASD Administrative Core, receives the Starfish Award for his work in the FASD field at the 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Vancouver.
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Rutgers Names CIFASD Researcher Dipak K. Sarkar Board of Governors Professor
Dipak K. Sarkar, a distinguished professor in the Department of Animal Sciences whose research focuses on understanding how stress promotes infection, cancers and alcohol-related diseases, has been named a Board of Governors Professor.
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Edward Riley, CIFASD PI, speaks at APA congressional briefing on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Ed Riley, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Behavioral Teratology at San Diego State University, described his research, which is funded by NIAAA, aimed at developing a reliable method for diagnosis of FASD. One of the main challenges in diagnosis is that children can manifest a wide range of symptoms and signs.
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Can I Drink While Pregnant? Brain Imaging Expert Weighs In
Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Professor of Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine shares her thoughts.
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CIFASD Investigators Study Inattention & Hyperactivity in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
These findings can help distinguish children with prenatal alcohol exposure from children with ADHD and suggests that alcohol-exposed children may benefit from treatment recommendations with a strong focus on inattention.
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CIFASD Visualization Experts Help Doctors Diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Tatiana Foroud, IU P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Chancellor's Professor, speaks about her work with the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD).

Children with Alcohol Exposure Don’t Perform Worse Cognitively with an Additional Diagnosis of ADHD
Overall, our results suggest that if a child is alcohol-exposed, having an additional ADHD diagnosis does not further negatively affect their cognitive abilities. Therefore, children with prenatal alcohol exposure, regardless of whether they have ADHD, may benefit from interventions targeted at improving cognitive abilities.
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Dr. Dipak Sarkar Shows Transgenerational Effects Of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Dr. Dipak Sarkar laboratory used an animal model to identify new mechanistic clues for the increased incidence of later life adult-onset diseases in fetal alcohol exposed individuals. His laboratory found that alcohol ingestion by a mother during pregnancy makes epigenetic modifications of a gene known as proopiomelanocortin (POMC), which plays a critical role in stress regulation and immune functions.
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NIAAA honors Tom Donaldson
NIAAA honors Tom Donaldson with Senator Harold Hughes Award. CIFASD member, Tom Donaldson, president and CEO of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), received the Senator Harold Hughes Memorial Award today from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). NIAAA Deputy Director Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., announced his selection during the 135th meeting of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
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identification of FASD by using 3D facial imaging
CIFASD is improving identification of children with FASD by using 3D facial imaging. The goal is not only to use the computer to recognize FAS, but to also identify more subtle features of children along the whole spectrum of FASD and to relate the facial features to behavioral outcomes. The first video shows Dr. Leah Wetherill explaining how and why the 3D camera is used by CIFASD and the second video shows more Dr. Peter Hammond providing more details about the 3D imaging process.


CIFASD Collaborates with NOFAS
Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) Collaborates with National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) to develop and disseminate FASD prevention and education resources for parents and families.


3-D Image Analysis
3-D Image Analysis Promises to Improve Detection of Children Affected by Prenatal Alcohol