Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Digvir Jayas
Vice President, Research, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MN

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the leading known cause of developmental disability in Canada. Innocent children contract this disorder due to maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. 

The collaboration between IMRIC and the University of Manitoba is hoping to reduce the severity and incidence of FASD and to ensure that no child will ever have to suffer from the debilitating disorder ever again. 

Collaborative Projects

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research

IMRIC is proud to be involved in this partnership with the University of Manitoba, whose physical presence stretches all across the province. Its main campus provides students with the unique opportunity to study, learn, and hone their skills in a collaborative way alongside some of the best practitioners in the country. 

Latest News


It's too early to call it a cure, but plain old vitamin A could curb the devastating effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

New research by an Israeli scientist suggests vitamin A could act almost like an antidote to the effects of alcohol on very early embryos during the critical development of the head and central nervous system. That's when the worst effects of FASD start.

Winnipeg, February 28, 2011 - The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University (CFHU) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will honour business leader and local philanthropist Joe Bova with the 2011 Scopus Award at a gala dinner at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Monday, May 16. The Scopus Award is the highest honour conferred by Hebrew University to individuals who demonstrate leadership and involvement with humanitarian causes throughout their careers, and who have excelled in their respective fields. Named for Mount Scopus, where The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s first cornerstones were laid in 1918, this award has come to symbolize the University’s highest ideals. Hebrew University president Menahem Ben Sasson will personally present the award to Mr. Bova.


Winnipeg – The University of Manitoba has teamed up with Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Manitoba government to support a new research collaboration to address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

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