The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Conference: "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs): Translating Research to Policies that Assure Essential Services"

WHEN: 1-6 p.m., Thursday, April 16

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321-323
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Nationally recognized Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders experts will come together to discuss the challenges of recognizing these disorders and finding appropriate effective educational and psychological services for children and their families.

Heather Carmichael Olson, research affiliate at the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington and first author of A Call to Action: Advancing Essential Services and Research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference comes in the wake of work done as part of the Centers for Disease Control's Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in 2007. A paper written by the working group from that task force was recently released by the CDC. Several members of the task force will participate in this conference.

"Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are more prevalent that we realize," says Carole Brown, organizer of the conference, research associate professor in CUA's Department of Education and a Life Cycle Institute fellow. "Hopefully we can help people understand how serious these disorders can be and what we can do to help those suffering from them."

A reception will follow the conference.

To register for the event, please e-mail your name, affiliation, address and phone number to CUA-FASD@CUA.EDU. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

SPONSOR: Life Cycle Institute

MEDIA: To cover the conference, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.