Media Advisory - National Conference to Feature New Science on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

    - New learning tool, developed in Winnipeg to assist young people with
    FASD to be launched -

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian leaders in the field of FASD
(Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) research and program delivery will meet in
Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday, September 7, 2007 at the 8th Annual Fetal
Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable.
    "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder causes life-long health problems," said
Dr. Koren, director of Motherisk, a program of The Hospital for Sick Children,
and founder of FACE, where organizers prepare to greet over 200 researchers,
clinicians, social workers, program providers and government representatives.
"And while FASD is preventable, the disorder remains the leading cause of
developmental and cognitive disabilities among Canadian children, producing
often devastating health and social problems."

    The Roundtable will feature new Canadian research on:

    - Alcohol's effect on hormonal, behavioural and immune development;
    - Behavioural problems in Children with FASD: Lying and Parental Ratings
      of Executive Functions;
    - Children with FASD in Manitoba's Child Welfare Care and the
      implications for service delivery; and
    - The Experience of Families Successfully Caring for Children Affected by

    The day-long conference, held each year on or about International FASD
Day, has become a regular forum for Canadian researchers to share their latest
findings on the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy, including FASD.
Children and adults with FASD have brain impairment, learning disabilities,
and serious behavioural problems and though there is no cure, FACE members are
learning more and more about its causes, diagnosis, impact and prevention.


    This year's Roundtable will also include the official launch of a new
visual learning tool designed to assist young people with FASD, and those in
their surroundings, gain a better understanding of the disorder. "This Is Me"
is a fun and engaging computer program that helps young people with FASD
understand the impact of the disorder on their own brains and behaviour. This
concise learning program was developed in Winnipeg, Manitoba by an
interdisciplinary group of professionals from several community and
governmental agencies with expertise in medicine, health care, social work,
education and justice.

    What:  Latest Canadian research related to FASD at FACE Research

    When:  The Roundtable: 8:15 AM - 6:00 PM, Friday, September 7

           Launch of "This Is Me", 12:00 Noon

    Where: Delta Hotel
           350 St. Mary Avenue
           Winnipeg, Manitoba

    The 8th annual FACE Research Roundtable is organized by the Motherisk
Program in cooperation with Healthy Child Manitoba, and with financial support
of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada and the Brewers
Association of Canada.
    The Brewers Association of Canada has a long and proud history of
involvement in health promotion and advocacy working with organizations that
promote responsible consumption of alcohol and the prevention of alcohol
related diseases such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
    "The Brewers Association of Canada is pleased to partner with Motherisk,
one of Canada's top organizations dedicated to raising awareness and support
medical research aimed at dealing with the challenges of Fetal Alcohol
Spectrum Disorder," said Ian Faris, President and CEO of the Brewers
Association of Canada.
    Now in its 7th year of supporting the FACE Research Roundtable, Canada's
brewers remain committed to this important cause. "And yet, despite the
encouraging progress that has been made, we know that avoiding alcohol during
pregnancy remains the best method of preventing FASD," added Mr. Faris.
    In addition to funding the annual FACE Research Roundtable, the Brewers
Association of Canada also funds the Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline run by
the Motherisk Program (1 877 FAS-INFO) which provides evidence-based
information and guidance about the effects of alcohol and other substances
during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

    The FACE (Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise) Research Network currently
includes more than 150 Canadian researchers, clinicians, social workers and
government representatives. Representing a broad range of expertise and
interests, FACE members are engaged in biomedical and clinical studies,
population and health service research, program delivery and policy
development. The day-long FACE Roundtable has become a regular forum since
2000, where researchers share their latest findings on the effects of alcohol
use during pregnancy.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Leduc, Mobile: (416) 859-8562, or at the conference: Orli Namian, (647) 262-6776,; For more information about the FACE Roundtable, please visit:

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