NOT ISSUED -Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effect: Following of Northern Infants at Risk
Principal Investigator: Godel, John (3)
Licence Number: 12906
Organization: University of Alberta
Licenced Year(s): 1997
Issued: Apr 23, 1997
Project Team: Dr. C.W. MacNeil, Henry Pabst, D. Robert Shea, Dawn McCullum

Objective(s): The objectives of the study are to: 1) establish the prevalence of learning disorders and their causes in the study group, 2) identify characteristics physical, behavioral and learning patterns of children with documented exposure to varying amount of alcohol in utero, 3) provide feedback to parents, th community and schools to stimulate discussion and to help plan interventions and solutions as desirable. Study will involve communities in the Inuvik and Sahtu region. The study group are elementary school children born between June 1, 1987 and May 31, 1989 and attending school in the communities. Alcoholism in the North has been a problem, and in Northern British Columbia and the Yukon Territory fetal alcohol exposure has been linked with developmental delay and school problems. Feedback to the involved communities can help in the planning and implementation of preventative programs. Furthermore, identification of the extent and nature of this problem can form the basis for remedial programs at both pre-school and school levels.

Project Description: This study was originally planned to be carried out in 1994 as a follow-up to the Northern Infant Nutrition Study (NINS) in the Inuvik Zone. Letters were sent to all communities at this time regarding this research. Communities should have now received a letter to indicate that this study is now being conducted in 1996/97. This study will involve the assessment of elementary school children with data collection involving questionnaires, physical and psychometric testing and school achievement testing. All of the above will be done in the local health centre or in the school. There will be no lab work or other invasive procedures. Parents must give their consent for their children to be involved in the study. The study will be explained in detail to ensure that informed consent is obtained. Confidentiality will be maintained. The testing will be done so that the researcher is the only one who knows which children have had alcohol exposure. Individual results will be kept confidential, although parents will be informed of their children's results. This study will further the present knowledge of the effect of exposure to alcohol during pregnancy on the child and underline the need for prevention and remedial programs.