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.
Congratulations to Dipak Sarkar, CIFASD member and Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences Dipak Sarkar, delivered the prestigious 2013 S.K. Manchanda Memorial Oration at the Fifth Congress of the Federation of Indian Physiological Societies (FIPS) in Tirupati, India, on December 17. Selection as Foreign Scientist speaker of the FIPS Oration is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Federation. Sarkar’s lecture was titled “Beta-Endorphin Neuronal Activation: A potential measure to prevent cancer growth, progression and metastasis.”
CIFASD investigator Dr. Michael Charness investigates a signaling pathway linked to fetal alcohol risk - molecular switch promises new targets for diagnosis and therapy.
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.
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.
3-D Image Analysis Promises to Improve Detection of Children Affected by Prenatal Alcohol