TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The second annual round of grants awarded
for research, prevention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
(FASD) was today announced by Dr. Gideon Koren, Director of Toronto's Hospital
for Sick Children's Motherisk Program on behalf of the Canadian Foundation on
Fetal Alcohol Research (CFFAR).
The announcement was made at the 10th Annual Fetal Alcohol Canadian
Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable on the occasion of International FASD
Created in September 2007 through a 5-year $1 Million commitment by the
Brewers Association of Canada (BAC), the CFFAR is an independent, non-profit
foundation created to promote interest and fund research related to the short
and long-term bio-medical, psychological and social effects of alcohol
consumption during pregnancy, and the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum
The recipients of this round of grants were selected after a peer-review
of applications. The 2009 grant recipients are:
- Dr. Bhushan Kapur, PhD, University of Toronto, for the research
project titled "Placental transfer of formic acid in the presence and
absence of folic acid"
- Dr. Katherine Malisza, PhD, University of Winnipeg. Her research
project is titled "Neuroimaging Cognitive in Children with ARND &
- Dr. Ronald Reusch, PhD, Simon Fraser University. His work is titled
"An examination of the abilities, risks and needs of adolescents &
young adults with FASD in the criminal justice system".
"The Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research is happy to once again
support the work of talented investigators such as Dr. Kapur, Dr. Malisza and
Dr. Reusch. Their focus and dedication to furthering the knowledge of the
bio-medical, psychological and social aspects of alcohol consumption during
pregnancy is of critical value to the development of tools to treat and
prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder," said Dr. Koren, CFFAR's Director of
Ian Faris, President and CEO of the Brewers Association of Canada added:
"Canadian brewers are proud that year after year, we are able to fund research
into the effects of alcohol on pregnant women and on pre-natal development.
When we initially made this $1 Million commitment to funding research, we were
hopeful that our contribution would make a difference. Looking at the quality
of the projects selected again this year, we know that the research undertaken
with these funds will contribute to a better quality of life for the
individuals living with FASD and their families."
For further information:
For further information: Andre Fortin at (613) 232-9092 or visit the
CFFAR website www.fasdfoundation.ca