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.


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.


2013 S.K. Manchanda Memorial Oration
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.”
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3-D Image Analysis
3-D Image Analysis Promises to Improve Detection of Children Affected by Prenatal Alcohol