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Rajesh C. Miranda, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Bryan, TX 77807-3260, USA. Tel.: +1 979 436 0332; fax: +1 979 436 0086. rmiranda@tamu.edu


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Funding for this conference was made possible in part by funds from NIAAA and NICHD.


  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Substance Abuse
  • Pharmacology & Pharmacy
  • Toxicology
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Epigenetics
  • Biomarker
  • Ethics
  • Rosett award

A report on the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group meeting of 2012, theme title, "Biomarkers for FASD"


Journal Title:



Volume 47, Number 8


, Pages 583-587

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Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


The 2012 meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) focused on the development and ethics of biomarkers for fetal alcohol exposure. This one-day international conference brought students and trainees together with clinicians and researchers to discuss the latest research on FASD. One keynote speaker discussed the value of profiling epigenetic modifications in readily available fetal tissues to diagnose fetal exposure to environmental agents, while the second speaker discussed the ethics of biomarker development within the context of core principles of justice, autonomy, beneficence and non-maleficence. Three sessions of short data talks informed the audience of research advances with particular emphasis on the diagnosis of FASD. Other activities included updates on FASD-related activities by representatives of government agencies, a report on the implementation FASD-related diagnostic criteria in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) of the American Psychiatric Association and a networking lunch, and the presentation of the "Merit Award" to Dr. Nathan Muraski for his work on behavioral outcomes of fetal alcohol exposure. The capstone of the meeting was the presentation of the "Henri Rosett" award to Dr. Denis Viljoen, in recognition of his role in raising awareness about the incidence of FASD in South Africa and in promoting FASD prevention and treatment programs as chairperson and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR).

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