Dr. Astley is a Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle WA. She is the Director of the Washington State FAS Diagnostic & Prevention Network.
Dr. Astley received her B.S. in Biology, her M.S. in Radiology and Physiology, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology. She is a member of the American Association of Public Health and the Research Society on Alcoholism and is a Research Affiliate at the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington.
Dr. Astley has conducted laboratory, clinical, and public health research in the field of FASD since 1981. Current work has been in the development and implementation of FASD diagnostic, screening, surveillance, and prevention tools and programs. This work includes the development of the FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code and FAS Facial Photographic Analysis Software; establishment of the WA State FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network of clinics and Foster Care FAS Screening Program, and establishment of the FASD diagnostic training program and Online Course. She and her colleagues have recently published a comprehensive study of the diagnostic utility of MRI, MR-spectroscopy and functional MRI for FASD. Three additional focal publications include: 1) Washington State’s success in preventing FAS through reduction of maternal alcohol use during pregnancy, 2) Clinical profiles of 1,400 patients with prenatal alcohol exposure, and 3) Validation of the FASD 4-Digit Diagnostic Code.
Ganesh Acharya currently works as a Professor (Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology) at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, Norway and leads the Women’s Health and Perinatology Research Group. He also holds a clinical position as a Consultant (Head of Fetal Medicine Unit) at the University Hospital of Northern Norway, Tromsø. He obtained MD from Lviv State Medical Institute, Ukraine and a postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from Nepal. He completed his specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in England. He has an MSc in Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, PhD from the University of Tromsø, Norway and a Postdoc in Perinatal Cardiology from the University of South Florida, USA. Ganesh’s major research interests include maternal and fetal physiology, preeclampsia, placental genomics, Doppler ultrasonography, fetal/perinatal cardiology, and experimental research in fetal cardiovascular function using animal models. He is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision of PhD candidates.
Katarina is the founder and office manager of the Swedish FAS-föreningen and has worked in the field of FASD for over fifteen years. She is the adoptive mother of a young man with FAS, adopted from Poland at the age of four.
FAS-föreningen started as a network for parents with the main goal to provide families with information, support and help to manage their children with FASD. Today the FAS-föreningen is a non-profit organisation supported by the Swedish government and the only producer of information about children with alcohol related birth defects in Sweden.
In addition to helping parents and professionals Katarina lectures in Sweden and Norway. She has also written and translated several books, brochures and other kinds of material about FASD. Katarina studied sociology and social psychology at the Department of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Lund and is a member of a research project at the Department of Social Work at Malmö Högskola.
Katarina will talk about living with a child with FAS. What are the needs of the child and the family? What can parents do? What can professionals do? What happens when the child grows into adulthood? How can you make a decent life with FASD – a lifelong hang-over? These are some of the questions that will be answered.
Kersti K. Linask
Dr. Linask obtained a Master of Arts degree from UCLA and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Cell and Molecular Biology. She currently holds a University of South Florida (USF) faculty position being the Mason Endowed Professor of Translational Cardiology in the Department of Pediatrics at USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. The goals of Dr. Linask’s research have been to define the cellular-molecular mechanisms underlying environmental induction of cardiac birth defects, including of alcohol exposure and to demonstrate the mechanisms underlying folate protection of normal heart development and placentation after exposure. Recent results suggest the environmental effects that result in embryonic cardiac anomalies encompass changes in lipid metabolism. Aspects of her research on environmental exposures during gastrulation have led to new studies initiated in relation to human hematopoietic stem cells. These studies were pursued on a Fulbright Fellowship that she was awarded to carry out research at Tartu University in Estonia in the fall of 2012. Dr. Linask is also engaged in public health issues surrounding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum of Disorders (FASD) and is organizing a FASD meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida to be held on November 4, 2014.
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Mr. Lauri Beekmann has been the chairman and executive director of the Estonian Temperance Union (ETU) since 2003. In 2013, Lauri took over the responsibilities of the Secretary General of NordAN (Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network). With a background in journalism, he has worked as a radio editor for 10 years and as an editor of different local magazines and portals. In 2007 he started an alcohol news blog and weekly alcohol-related newsletter – He is also the editor of bimonthly newsletter for the European FASD Alliance network and is currently vice-president of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) and board member of the Baltic Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (BTACC).