Launch of new Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research



    New foundation to support research related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum
    Disorder with a 1 Million dollar contribution from the Brewers
    Association of Canada

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - Dr. Louise Nadeau, Professor at the Université
de Montréal and Scientific Director of the University Institute on
Dependencies of Québec announced today the single largest non-governmental
source of funding for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) research in
Canada, through the creation of the Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol
Research (CFFAR). This new Foundation is being introduced at the 8th Annual
Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable, held in Winnipeg
in conjunction with International FASD day.
    CFFAR was created with an initial contribution from the Brewers
Association of Canada (BAC) that will provide $1M over the next five years to
fund research projects in the study of FASD. Research applications will be
peer-reviewed and grants will be awarded on an annual basis. Dr. Nadeau will
serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the new Foundation.
    "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a completely preventable disorder
that affects over 300,000 Canadians" said Dr. Nadeau. "The Foundation will
advance the understanding of the bio-medical, psychological and social impacts
of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Tools and strategies to assist the
children and adults who live with FASD will be developed, ultimately leading
to a reduction of incidences of this disorder." added Dr. Nadeau.
    "It is critical for the brewing industry in Canada to actively seek
solutions in the treatment of FASD and the prevention of alcohol consumption
during pregnancy. We are very proud to demonstrate the support of the Brewers
Association of Canada and its members in the establishment of CFFAR, and what
we anticipate will be a significant contribution to advancing our knowledge
with respect to this important societal issue," said Ian Faris, President and
CEO of the BAC. "We have been fortunate to bring together a group of dedicated
and experienced Board members that will support this new FASD research
initiative."
    Joining Dr. Nadeau and Mr. Faris on the Board of CFFAR are: Dr. Gideon
Koren, the Hon. Claudette Bradshaw, Howard Collins, Jacques LeCavalier and
Maureen Maguire.

    About CFFAR

    Founded in September 2007, the Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol
Research (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 FASD.
    CFFAR awards research grants to eligible Canadian researchers annually in
conjunction with International FASD day and the annual Fetal Alcohol Canadian
Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable. In keeping with scientific and academic
tradition, all grant applications are peer-reviewed under the direction in
accordance with guidelines determined by the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research (CIHR).
    CFFAR website is www.fasdfoundation.ca





For further information:

For further information: Orli Namian, onamian@tsa.ca, (416) 360-6183
ext. 224, (647) 262-6776 cell

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