Would you like to participate in a study looking at how physical health and brain function are related in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)? Follow this link to sign up or read more about the study below!
Researchers and health professionals know that alcohol exposure during fetal development can impact the brain. This impact can lead to difficulties in memory, attention, problem solving, and other complex brain functions, which are commonly experienced by individuals diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
What researchers are beginning to understand is how this alcohol exposure can also affect one’s physical health. The authors of a recent study found that chronic illnesses may be more prevalent in individuals diagnosed with FASD when compared to the general population. We know that managing chronic illnesses is difficult. Skills such as planning and organization are essential in tasks such as remembering appointments and taking medications as prescribed. Therefore, researchers at the University of British Columbia are conducting a study on chronic health in young adults diagnosed with FASD or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Specifically, we are interested in how brain impairment and physical health are related in this population, and how they affect the quality of day to day life.
If you are a young adult (18-30 years old) with a diagnosis of FASD or FAS, and are fluent in English, you are invited to participate in this study. You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about aspects of your medical history, behaviour, and day to day life. This questionnaire will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. All information collected will remain confidential. We hope that this research brings awareness regarding the complexities of individuals with FASD to health professionals and the general population. Also, we hope that it will inform future interventions for FASD.
If you are interested in participating, please follow this link to the online questionnaire!
Written by Aisha Ghani, B.A. from the University of British Columbia