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Speaking out about FASD: impact, prevention, treatment - and hope | World FASD Awareness Day

September 9, 2016

Today is World FASD Awareness Day, dedicated to raising the profile of this often-forgotten disorder as well as the plight and capacity of people exposed to alcohol before birth.

Dr. James Reynolds is quoted in an online story by Jill Buchner published today in Today's Parent. The story begins with an account of Bonny Buxton and her daughter Colette, who is affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). It wasn't until Colette was a troubled adult that Bonny met her daughter's birth mother, who was struggling with alcoholism and drank throughout the pregnancy.

FASD study creates a blueprint for understanding the role of epigenetics in neurodevelopmental disorders

August 19, 2016

NeuroDevNet researchers have made the first steps towards identifying an epigenetic signature for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), drawing from the largest-ever study of children and youth exposed to alcohol before birth.

The multi-disciplinary group found a diverse pattern of DNA methylation that possibly indicates modified genetic expression in 110 children diagnosed with FASD, or known to have a history of prenatal alcohol exposure, compared to 96 age- and sex-matched controls aged 5-18. 

Dr. Sheila Laredo appointed chair of NeuroDevNet’s board of directors

August 16, 2016

NeuroDevNet welcomes Dr. Sheila Laredo as our new Chair of the Board of Directors.

Upon joining the board in 2013, Dr. Laredo brought a wealth of experience as a clinician with a primary interest in women’s reproductive health, and immersion in neurodevelopmental issues as a seasoned advocate and parent of two children on the autism spectrum.

A new study confirms potential maternal contribution to autism based on analysis of unaddressed areas of the genome

August 10, 2016

Findings emerging from ongoing work by Autism Research Group Co-Lead Dr. Stephen Scherer, colleague Dr. Ryan Yuen, and collaborators indicate that clusters of de novo, or new mutations in the genome of mothers likely to contribute to autism.

“Genome-wide characteristics of de novo mutations in autism,” published August 3 in npj |Genomic Medicine is the largest-yet whole genome study of autism, involving data from 200 children and their unaffected parents.