About the FASD - Across the Lifespan Consensus Development Conference

7 – 9 October 2009
Edmonton, Alberta

Alcohol can hurt the brain and body of an unborn baby and cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), a serious lifelong condition that impacts both the individual and their family. A child with FASD becomes an adult with FASD, facing birth defects, developmental and learning delays and social, educational, and employment challenges.

Download Consensus Statement | Télécharger la déclaration de consensus

The IHE Consensus Development Conference on FASD: Across the Lifespan, was held October 7 - 9, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta. This conference, with its unique and compelling "jury trial" format, examined the following questions:

  1. What is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and how is it diagnosed? 
  2. Do we know the prevalence and incidence of FASD in different populations and can the reporting be improved?
  3. What are the consequences of FASD on individuals, families and society? 
  4. How can FASD be prevented? 
  5. What policy options could more effectively support individuals with FASD and their families across the lifespan? 
  6. What further research into FASD is needed? 

The Honourable Anne McLellan (former Deputy Prime Minister and federal Health Minister) led a distinguished jury of citizens and experts in developing a consensus statement with practical policy recommendations based on these questions.

Dr. Gail Andrew (Scientific Chair of the Expert Panel; Pediatrician and Medical Director, Glenrose FASD Clinical Services; Member, Board of Directors, Canada Northwest FASD Research Network) led an expert panel in presenting available scientific evidence to the jury during public sessions to help with their deliberations.

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