Not only is it International FASD Awareness Day on September 9th, there also seems to be a lot of other events happening in September. Several of them touch on the issue of FASD prevention.

2012 FACE Research Roundtable

This annual scientific research conference will be held on September 11, 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Be sure to check out Caroline Tait‘s presentation on Transformative change: can a community-based ethical framework improve FASD prevention and interventions in indigenous health? Dr. Tait will be introducing an indigenous community-based ethical toolkit.

Currently there are no ethical reviews completed by government policy makers and program funders before they introduce “best practice” programming for FASD prevention and interventions into Indigenous communities and this toolkit will help to protect vulnerable individuals from experiencing undue harm resulting from the design, implementation, or termination of a health care initiative.

FACE also has an annual research poster competition – keep an eye out for the poster on our Network Action Team.

Learn more about Caroline Tait on the University of Saskatchewan website.

Learn more about the FACE Roundtable here.

FASDlive 2012 Conference: Expanding our Vision

Following on the heels of the FACE Roundtable is FASDlive on September 12-14th. Dr. Tait will also be a keynote speaker here and will present on Linking FASD Prevention to Child Welfare Reform. Several Canada FASD Research Network members will also be presenting, including:

  • Sterling K. Clarren, CEO and Scientific Director will be delivering a keynote address on CanFASD Research Network and Comprehensive Approaches to FASD Prevention. Time to Get Serious
  • Linda Burnside will co-facilitate a session on Hearing Their Voices: The Experiences of Women Who Have Completed a Mentoring Program to Prevent FASD
  • Nancy Poole will present on Reflecting on Developments in FASD Prevention and  The Power of Networking – Highlights of the Work of the Network Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective
  • Deb Rutman and Nancy Poole will present on Evaluation Approaches for FASD Prevention and Support Programs: Strategies for Community Programs and Organizations

There’s lots more on FASD prevention happening so check out the program here.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Public Forum

This forum will be held on September 22, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.

Part I is on Neuroethics and FASD: An interdisciplinary examination of the ethical and social challenges associated with the development and implementation of biomarkers for prenatal alcohol exposure with James Reynolds (Queen’s University); Gideon Koren (University of Toronto); Anna Zadunayski (University of Calgary); Nina DiPietro (University of British Columbia).

Part II is on How Much Is Too Much? Understanding Prenatal Alcohol Exposure And Its Impact On Individuals, Families And Society and panelists include Dr. Sterling Clarren, Director of the Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD) Sharron Richards, Chair of FASD Ontario Network of Expertise (FASD ONE) Steve Catney, Operator of Alliance Youth Services Kamille Shulman, a teenager with FASD and her family.

Learn more here.

And, of course, as I mentioned, September 9th is FASD Awareness Day. Check out previous posts to see how you can participate or create an event to honor the day: