Inaugural grants of the Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research awarded

    MONTREAL, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The first annual round of grants awarded
for research, prevention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
(FASD) was today announced by Dr. Louise Nadeau, Professor at the Université
de Montréal and Scientific Director of the Centre Dollard-Cormier, University
Institute on Dependencies on behalf of the Canadian Foundation on Fetal
Alcohol Research (CFFAR).
    The announcement was made at the 9th 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 inaugural research grants were selected after a peer-review of
applications. The 2008 grant recipients are:

    - Dr. Joanne Weinberg & Dr. L. Galea, University of British Columbia, for
      the research project titled "Vulnerability to addiction: Effect of
      prenatal alcohol exposure and stress"
    - Dr. Joanne Rovet, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children.
      Her research project is titled "Mapping memory function in FASD".
    - Dr. Joey Gareri, PhD Candidate, Janine Hutson, MD & PhD candidate,
      University of Toronto. Their work is titled "The Association between
      fatty acid ethyl esters in meconium and the diagnosis of FAEE in an at-
      risk Canadian population".

    "We are thrilled to support talented and innovative researchers such as
Dr. Weinberg, Dr. Galea, Dr. Rovet, Dr. Gareri, and Dr. Hutson. These grants
will allow them to continue their work and further advance our knowledge of
the bio-medical, psychological and social aspects of alcohol consumption
during pregnancy. Their work will result in the development of improved tools
and strategies for healthcare professionals, and improved medical and
psychosocial assistance for individuals living with FASD and their families,"
said Dr. Nadeau, Chair of the Board of Directors of CFFAR.
    Ian Faris, President and CEO of the Brewers of Canada added: "Last year,
the brewing industry made a significant commitment to fund quality research
concerning the effects of alcohol on pregnant woman and the development of the
unborn child. Today, we have reason to be hopeful that our contribution will
make an important difference in the lives of families living with FASD in

For further information:

For further information: Andre Fortin, (613) 232-9092;

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