Conference Overview

It will be of particular interest to policymakers from different levels of the health, education, social, and justice systems; researchers and practitioners in the fields of alcohol use, addictions and FASD; graduate students, teachers and other educators; and members of the business community and the public.

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 such issues 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 the social determinants of health. A synthesis of the findings will be published in the proceedings of the conference.

An expected outcome of the conference is the dissemination of a charter document that will serve policymaking efforts around the globe. A draft “Edmonton Charter on Prevention of FASD” will be presented to the conference and reviewed and discussed by all participants.

The aims of the conference are to:

1) Share experiences 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.” It is envisioned that the International Conference on Prevention of FASD could become a bi-annual event focusing on a different theme of prevention every second year.

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