Validation of FASD According to DSM-5

The DSM-5 includes neurobehavioural disorder on account of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure. A checklist has been developed in clinical practice to help standardize the criteria. Opportunities exist to develop the research program that would validate FASD according to the DSM-5 criteria. 

FASD Affect Regulation Tool

Affect regulation has been included in the new guidelines (2015) for FASD diagnosis. A tool to help standardize the criteria for the domain has been developed through clinical practice and needs to be validated. Opportunities exist to initiate a validity investigation. Appropriate for a MSc level project.

Use of CANTAB Neuropsychological Testing for Diagnosing FASD

CANTAB is a neuropsychological testing process currently used internationally but is yet to be utilized in Canada. It has the potential to offer quicker and more patient friendly testing for neurocognitive deficit. Opportunities exist to initiate research validating the Contab in assessing the cognitive deficits of FASD in Canada. 

The Role of Oxidative Stress in Detecting FASD

An animal study has been completed investigating the role of oxidative stress in detecting FASD. Opportunities exist for completion of dissemination.

FASD and Criminality

Research interests include a scoping paper based on a completed systematic review (of approximately 9 papers), presenting the findings related to FASD and criminality. Opportunities exist for subsequent analysis and dissemination.

ALSPAC Database

Based at the University of Bristol, the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as Children of the 90s, is a world-leading birth cohort study. Data is accessible on more than 14,000 pregnant women, (some of whom had two pregnancies or multiple births during the recruitment period), the children arising from the pregnancy, and their partners. Participants have been followed up intensively over two decades.