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Volume 5, Issue 22
 
NOFAS Updates
NOFAS Awards Reception: “Brining Advocates Together” June 10, 2014. Washington, DC.  This special evening, “Bringing Advocates Together” will unite NOFAS affiliates, individuals and families living with FASD, and advocates and people in recovery that support alcohol-free pregnancies.

Free NOFAS Webinar: How does mother’s nutrition affect pregnancy outcome in women who drink alcohol? June 18, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The June 2014 edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series features Christina Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H. She  is a perinatal epidemiologist and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego.  Her research is focused on environmental causes of birth defects and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially preventable causes of birth defects.

Research News
Groundbreaking FASD Research in Manitoba, Canada Gets $1.35 Million Boost
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“The funding will support research projects led by three Manitoba doctors, aimed at understanding the role of genetics to identify children affected by FASD at a younger age, and the role of nutrition in mitigating the risk and reducing the effects of FASD when women consume alcohol during pregnancy.” “The money will flow to the Canada-Israel International Fetal Alcohol Consortium, which includes research teams from the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.” – News Video by CBC News
 
Alcoholism and Genetics: What You Need to Know
“Alcoholism can be passed down from parent to child, but not in the same way as Alzheimer's or cancer. How exactly is it passed on? While alcoholism does tend to run in families—and has a genetic component—how exactly is it passed on?” – The Fix
 
Study: Brief Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Alters Behavioral Sensitivity to Opioid Receptor
“Animals exposed to prenatal alcohol drank more alcohol later in life and exhibited significant changes in the kappa opioid system. While control subjects found kappa opioid activation aversive, animals exposed to EtOH prenatally exhibited either no aversion or appetitive responding.” - Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
 
Policy News
Alaska Judge Adapts his Court for Defendants with FASD
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“Barrow, [Alaska] judge Michael Jeffery has made several changes to the way he runs his court to try to provide fair treatment for defendants who may be affected by a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.” – Anchorage Daily News
 
Supreme Court Rejects Bright-Line Test For Intellectual Disability
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states must take into account a margin of error in IQ testing when determining whether or not an individual has intellectual disability… A closely divided Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida’s strict IQ cutoff for determining inmate eligibility for the death penalty.” – Disability Scoop
 
Reporter: Alaska Could Fight FASD Right Now with These Three Ideas
Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins proposes these three policy ideas: “1. Teach at-risk women about FASD before pregnancy. 2. House adults and families, with oversight. 3. Facial analysis software works. Use it.” – Anchorage Daily News
 
Australian Aboriginal Health Group Call for FASD to be Recognized as a Disability
“Indigenous health groups are calling for foetal alcohol syndrome disorder to be recognised as a disability.  The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation is also pushing for sufferers of what's known as the "invisible disability" to be kept out of jail, labelling incarceration unethical and a breach of human rights.” – Daily Mail
 
Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet: Integrating Sustainable FASD Services in Your Existing Service Setting
This fact sheet from the FASD Center for Excellence “outlines the key components of integrating and sustaining FASD prevention, intervention, screening, and diagnostic services in existing service settings.”
 
Webinars
FASD Basics June 5, 2014. 12 Noon – 1:30 PM. Free. “This is a basic (101) training geared toward a variety of audiences including professionals, parents, students, educators, etc. Participants will: Define Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), learn how prenatal exposure to alcohol may affect individuals and families at different developmental stages and find resources in your area and how you can help. Presented by: Barb Clark, MOFAS Family Resource Coordinator”
 
FASD: Making Sense of Senses, Part I June 5, 2014. Noon-1:30 PM EST. “This series of presentations will be focused on the basic functions of the sensory systems and what happens when they are impaired by prenatal alcohol exposure. Part I will focus on what happens to the brain and Part II will be on what families can do in a child's daily life to address sensory issues.”
 
FASD: Making Sense of Senses, Part II June 12, 2014. Noon-1:30 PM EST
 
Substance Use and Alcohol: Women, Pregnancy and After Birth June 10, 2014. Webinar from Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.  “Speaker Mary Muller, R.N., B.Sc.N., will present this webinar with the following learning objectives: To examine how alcohol and substance use is changing for women in Ontario and what that means to health and social service providers. To discuss the impact on pregnancy. To examine the effects of substance use on newborns. To examine evidence based strategies for prevention and harm reduction. Look at the roles each of us can play to help in prevention and harm reduction.”
 
Developing Prevention: Lessons Learned From an International FASD Prevention Study June 12, 2014. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. “Presenters: Leigh Ann Davis, Tatiana Balachova. Description: The presentation will describe a 10-year international research collaboration aimed at developing FASD prevention research in Russia, a country with one of the highest alcohol consumption rates.”

Free NOFAS Webinar: How does mother’s nutrition affect pregnancy outcome in women who drink alcohol? June 18, 2014. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. The June 2014 edition of the NOFAS Webinar Series features Christina Chambers, Ph.D., M.P.H. She  is a perinatal epidemiologist and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego.  Her research is focused on environmental causes of birth defects and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially preventable causes of birth defects.
 
Events
FASD Into Action – Alaska Style June 2 & 3, 2014. Anchorage, Alaska. “This program was developed by Diane V. Malbin, a parent of children with prenatal exposure, as well as an internationally recognized authority on FASD. She is the founder of the non-profit organization FASCETS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Consultation, Education, and Training Services, Inc.).”
 
NOFAS Awards Reception: “Brining Advocates Together” June 10, 2014. Washington, DC.  This special evening, “Bringing Advocates Together” will unite NOFAS affiliates, individuals and families living with FASD, and advocates and people in recovery that support alcohol-free pregnancies.
 
Diagnosing FASD in the Era of DSM-5 June 17, 2014. Marlborough, Massachusetts. “The training will inform diagnosticians/mental health clinicians of the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, Neurodevelopmental Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in an effort to improve and strengthen diagnostic capacity in Massachusetts.”
 
Florida Fights FASD Conference June 18, 2014. Tampa, Florida. Speakers include NOFAS Vice President and National Spokesperson Kathy Mitchell, a noted international speaker on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Women and Addictions.
 
KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference June 18-20, 2014. Houston, Texas. “Please save the date for the upcoming 5th annual KITS (Keeping Infants and Toddlers Safe) Conference taking place at The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston.  Registration for this event is not yet open, but please check back… for more information on pricing, speakers, and how to register. CEUs and CLEs are pending.”  Yolanda Ross, a birth mother and member of the NOFAS Circle of Hope, is presenting.
 
FASD Training
MILE Instructor Training August 1 & 2, 2014. Atlanta, Georgia. “The training consists of a 1½ day theoretical and hands on model, where participants practice the Math Interactive Learning techniques, developed for children with FASD.”
 
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