Are you currently working with or raising a child with disabilities? Childhood Disability LINK, a NeuroDevNet affiliate, recently launched a campaign to hear more about the experiences of people like you. The organization is in the midst of reassessing its website structure and related engagement within the community, and has moved to update their content by first taking a look through the lens of those who are impacted the most.
NeuroDevNet trainee Angelina Paolozza has been named the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Sterling Clarren Research Award.
Named in recognition of Dr. Sterling Clarren's pioneering contributions and leadership in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), the award is presented annually, lauding an individual researcher's completed study that has made a substantial contribution to understanding the human dimensions of FASD. Dr. Paolozza completed her PhD at Queen’s University under the supervision of NeuroDevNet Associate Scientific Director Dr. James Reynolds.
Trainees are essential players at the frontiers of developmental neuroscience. In recognition of their contributions, NeuroDevNet is celebrating its new course, highlight of the Network's national training progam during Brain Awareness Week 2016.
Midway through NeuroDevNet 102, a new course exploring neurodevelopmental research and its interplay with stakeholders, 22 trainees are delving into emerging issues related to research presentations. After hearing Associate Scientific Director Dr. James Reynolds and FASD Research Group co-lead Dr. Joanne Weinberg speak about their basic science and clinical investigations in FASD in January, a lively discussion ensued of the US Centers for Disease Control's much-lambasted awareness campaign the following month via the course's learning management system's forum.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an entirely preventable form of brain damage. Increased awareness has meant a woman’s decision to consume alcohol during pregnancy has become highly stigmatized, and as a result, individual circumstances that surround the choice to drink are rarely explored or understood.
“This is unfortunate because alcohol use in pregnancy is a highly complex issue, complicated by the fact that many women consume alcohol prior to finding out they are pregnant,” says Sue Kobus, a research associate within NeuroDevNet’s FASD Research Group. Kobus has produced a new video that addresses stigma through the lens of Colette Philcox, the birth mother of a boy with FASD whose partner coerced her into drinking with him when she was pregnant. To refuse was to endure a beating.