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FACE Roundtable Webcasts

13th Annual Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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Welcome message Gideon Koren, MD, FRCPC, Founding Director, Motherisk Program, The Hospital for Sick Children

Message from the Government of Saskatchewan Hon. June Draude, Minister, Social Services, Saskatchewan.

A message on behalf of the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of HealthMarla Israel, Acting Director General, Centre for Health Promotion, Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada - Outline of Activities - Determining the Scope of FASD: Elements of Costs for Health Care and Productivity Losses for Individuals with FASD in Canada Holly MacKay, FASD Initiative, Public Health Agency of Canada

Synopsis: The presentation will describe PHAC activities related to efforts to determine the overall scope of FASD in Canada. Some elements will include analyses concerning the health care utilization of individuals with a diagnosis of FAS and the associated costs, and will also include the challenges of estimating the scope and costs associated with FASD.

Announcement of 2012 CFFAR Grant Winners Louise Nadeau, PhD, Chair, Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research

Mental Health Issues Among Children and Adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Carmen Rasmussen, PhD, University of Alberta; Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital

Synopsis: This presentation will discuss research on mental health issues among children and adolescents with FASD and prenatal alcohol exposure. Results will be discussed regarding the rates and types of mental health disorders experienced by those with a diagnosis of an FASD and those with prenatal alcohol exposure but who do not meet diagnostic criteria for FASD. The association of environmental factors and service utilization to mental health issues will also be discussed.

Comparison of Spatial Working Memory and Attention in Children with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Those Diagnosed with ADHD: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study Krisztina Malisza, PhD, University of Manitoba

Synopsis: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) was used to assess working memory (WM) differences in brain function between children diagnosed with alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND), ADHD and typically developing (TD) controls. Greater activations in the frontal and parietal regions in children diagnosed with ARND compared to controls suggest ARND subjects exert greater effort to manage WM load. While attention problems in ARND are similar to those found in ADHD, differences in fMRI brain activity suggest the similar behaviour and WM performance is the result of different cognitive events that can distinguish between these groups.

An Examination of the Abilities, Risks, and Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with FASD in the Criminal Justice System Kaitlyn McLachlan, PhD, University of Alberta

Synopsis: The presentation summarizes findings from a prospective longitudinal study examining the psycho-legal abilities, offending trajectories, risks, and needs of youth with FASD in the justice system. Findings highlight key deficits with regard to adjudicative capacity, as well as important similarities and differences in the justice trajectories and clinical need patterns of youth both with, and without, an FASD diagnosis. Recommendations to inform development of future intervention and management approaches will be offered.

Transformative Change: Can a Community-Based Ethical Framework Improve FASD Prevention and Interventions in Indigenous Health? Caroline Tait, PhD, University of Saskatchewan

Synopsis: This presentation introduces an Indigenous community-based ethical toolkit. Ethical guidelines seek to protect vulnerable individuals from experiencing undue harm resulting from the design, implementation, or termination of a health care initiative. 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.

I Want to Thrive, Not Just Survive! A Multiple Case Study of an Arts-Based Intervention for Adolescents With FASD Michelle Keightley, PhD, University of Toronto

Synopsis: An arts-based approach was used to develop and implement a social skills intervention for youth with emotional and social difficulties secondary to FASD. Qualitative results revealed that the creative environment supported participants' development of increased self-esteem, social skills and emotional awareness. Quantitative data revealed clinically significant improvements from pre to post-program that was mostly maintained at six months follow-up. The data suggests that an arts-based approach is an engaging social skills tool for youth living with FASD.

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