First International Conference on Prevention of FASD
September 23 - 25, 2013
A conference about preventing harm
from alcohol use during pregnancy
September 23-25, 2013
Shaw Conference Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
This is the first international conference to address the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of FASD. Plenary sessions will promote discussion and reflection on promising and innovative approaches for prevention of FASD, such as specific alcohol policies and approaches to address the social determinants of health. Sessions will identify barriers to FASD prevention and possible solutions for overcoming these obstacles. The conference will serve as an international knowledge exchange and networking forum for those interested in FASD prevention, bringing together key experts from around the globe.
This conference will be of interest to:
• Government officials
• Policymakers (health, education, justice, and social services)
• FASD researchers
• Researchers in the field of alcohol and addictions
• Researchers in social determinants of health and social sciences
• Social marketing researchers
• Service providers and healthcare professionals
• Those affected by FASD, their families, and other caregivers
• Teachers and educators
Participants attending this conference are also welcome to register for our
Consensus Development Conference on Legal Issues of FASD,
which will take place in Edmonton, on September 18 - 20, 2013.
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The International Conference on Prevention of FASD will be the first event of its kind focusing entirely on this important subject. Prevention of harm from alcohol use during pregnancy is of rapidly growing concern in many countries. This conference is expected to draw up to 1,000 participants, including many renowned experts in research and policy.
Distinguished speakers from around the world will present facts and findings from research, and describe innovative approaches for prevention of harm from alcohol use during pregnancy.
During panel sessions, findings from effective interventions in various contexts will be analyzed and discussed. Plenary sessions will deal with issues such as successful approaches to primary prevention of FASD; the role of primary care, including maternal and child health care; prevention of FASD in various communities around the world; the tailoring of messages on FASD to different target groups; controversies in the field of FASD; secondary and tertiary prevention of FASD; prevention of FASD through legal measures; and the impact of broad policies on alcohol use and addictions and on the social determinants of health.
Interested participants will include policymakers from different levels of the health, education, social, and justice systems; researchers and practitioners in the fields of alcohol, addictions and FASD; graduate students, teachers and educators; and people from the business community and the public. A synthesis of the findings will be published in the proceedings from the conference. It is envisioned that the International Conference on Prevention of FASD could become a recurring event with different themes of prevention every second year.
A draft "Edmonton Charter on Prevention of FASD" will be presented to the conference, and reviewed and discussed by all participants. The charter will hopefully serve policymaking efforts in all countries around the globe.
The aims of the conference are to:
1) Share experiences gained in different countries of effective strategies to prevent harm from alcohol use during pregnancy.
2) Contribute to the development of appropriate approaches to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, and identify the most important tools for effective prevention of FASD at different levels of the health, educational, social and justice systems.
3) Assist public policy decision-makers by providing evidence on strategies for prevention of FASD in both the short and long term.
4) Discuss and seek resolution on many controversial issues surrounding FASD.
5) Increase public awareness of the need to prevent harm from alcohol use during pregnancy.
6) Develop "The Edmonton Charter on Prevention of FASD".