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Are you a researcher or family member interested in neurodevelopmental research? Apply now to the Family Engagement in Research course!

Successful applicants will receive a full scholarship from Kids Brain Health Network and a Certificate of Completion from Kids Brain Health Network, CanChild, and McMaster University Continuing Education.

Course Dates:
Fall Cohort: September 20 to November

Game changer: Video game could help improve brain function for children with disabilities

Researchers at the University of Victoria have tapped into a booming gaming industry to help improve brain function and cognitive abilities in children with disabilities.

A team at UVic, building on years of study, have partnered with the private sector to create Dino Island, a video game that takes children with neurodevelopment disabilities on a tour

FASD and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Researchers from CanFASD and other partner organizations have recently published a new paper on FASD and early life adversity called Characterizing Adverse Childhood Experiences among Children and Adolescents with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

FASD and Adversity

Individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) and FASD experience brain-based and environmental challenges throughout

Outcomes of Children with FASD in the Child Welfare System

Background

Children living in the child welfare system (i.e. foster care, group homes) are known to experience more adverse outcomes compared to children who live with their biological parents or adoptive/other family members. Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are also predisposed to adverse experiences. However, these adverse experiences may be more common for those

Diagnosing People with FASD using Telehealth

Background

Researchers have shown that obtaining a formal FASD diagnosis can benefit individuals and their families. Benefits include access to treatment, knowledge of challenges and strengths, and information on potential secondary outcomes. Despite these benefits, the diagnostic process is rarely a positive experience for individuals and families and may cause significant stress. Geographical location in remote

Choline supplements in young children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder have lasting cognitive benefits

NIAAA-funded scientists report that early life dietary choline supplements improve some of the cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) four years after treatment ended. The results of this study suggest that choline treatment during an important time window during early childhood can alter brain development in a way

Issue Paper: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Adversity

Issue

Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) can cause a range of brain- and body-based difficulties, including a heightened sensitivity to stress. Many individuals with FASD also tend to face high levels of environmental adversity throughout their lives, such as experiences that are stressful, harmful, and/or traumatic. The combination of brain-based stress sensitivity along with chronic adverse