The 2015 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) meeting was titled "Basic Mechanisms and Translational Implications." Despite decades of basic science and clinical research, our understanding of the mechanisms by which ethanol affects fetal development is still in its infancy. The first keynote presentation focused on the role of heat shock protein pathways in the actions of ethanol in the developing brain. The second keynote presentation addressed the use of magnetoencephalography to characterize brain function in children with FASD. The conference also included talks by representatives from several government agencies, short presentations by junior and senior investigators that showcased the latest in FASD research, and award presentations. An important part of the meeting was the presentation of the 2015 Henry Rosett award to Dr. Michael Charness in honor of his achievements in research on FASD.
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Dr. Charness ended his presentation by acknowledging his mentors and collaborators, as well as financial support from several agencies (e.g., NIAAA and the Department of Veterans Affairs). He also thanked patients with FASD and their families who are struggling with the consequences of this disorder and provide inspiration for our work in this field.
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