On February 14, 2018, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) held a call to discuss the findings and implications of a study on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) prevalence that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  
 
To hear the complete teleconference, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1NiekmT828&feature=youtu.be
 
The study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four U.S. communities found that a significant number of the children have FASD, with conservative estimates ranging from 1 to 5 percent in community samples. 
 
The new findings represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among general U.S. communities than prior research. (Read the complete NIAAA News Release at niaaa.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/study-first-graders-shows-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-prevalent-us)
 
Expert Panelists:
  • Dr. Patricia Powell, Deputy Director, NIAAA
  • Dr. Kenneth Warren, senior advisor, of FASD, NIAAA and study co-author
  • Dr. Marcia Scott, project officer for the study, NIAAA Division of Epidemioology and Prevention Research
  • Dr. Philip May, University of North Carolina Nutrition Research Institute, Kannapolis
  • Dr. Christina Chambers, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Tom Donaldson, President of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
 
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