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Special Issue "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Svetlana Popova

Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, World Health Organization/Pan-American Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Addiction and Mental Health
Epidemiology Division, Office of Global Public Health Education & Training, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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Phone: 1 (416) 535-8501 ext. 34558
Fax: 1 (416) 595-6068
Interests: epidemiology, co-morbidities, burden and economic cost, prevention and intervention strategies related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and maternal substance use
Guest Editor
Dr. Larry Burd

North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Pediatric Therapy Services, Altru Health System, Grand Forks ND, USA
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Phone: 1 (701) 777-3683
Interests: prenatal alcohol exposure, maternal substance use, mortality, mental disorders, comorbidity, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, birth defects and developmental disabilities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health invites the submission of papers on biomedical, psychological, and sociological aspects related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), to be featured in this Special Issue to be published in April 2019. Accepted papers will be published online prior to their inclusion in this Special Issue in order to make the research available more quickly.

Original articles (including both quantitative and qualitative research), methodological pieces, reviews, and case reports will be considered for publication and submitted for peer review, if eligible.

Numerous studies in the past 40-50 years on both humans and animals have demonstrated that alcohol is a teratogen and can cause irreversible embryonic and fetal damage. The term “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder” is used to characterize the full range of damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, varying from mild to severe, and encompassing a broad array of physical defects and cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and adaptive functioning deficits. FASD is a prevalent (it exceeds 1% in 76 countries) alcohol-related developmental disability that require a large amount of support from various services including health, community, remedial education, and many others. Thus, FASD has a huge economic and societal impact in all countries.

The goal of this Special Issue is to publish papers that expand our current knowledge of prenatal alcohol and other substances’ exposure and FASD and make it accessible to the research community, educators, policy makers, and others interested in this area. We invite all FASD-related research submissions, and we especially encourage the submission of papers from authors in developing countries where there are less infrastructure and traditional support of research on prenatal substance use exposure and FASD.

For detailed information on the journal, please refer to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.

Assoc. Prof. Svetlana Popova
Dr. Larry Burd
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • prevention
  • treatment
  • recent advances in screening and diagnosis
  • therapeutic and non-therapeutic interventions
  • comorbidities
  • mortality
  • epidemiology
  • economic cost
  • risk factors of maternal substance use and FASD
  • outcome trajectories (children, adults, and elderly people with FASD)
  • law enforcement
  • service delivery (i.e., health care, special education, etc.)
  • experience and perception (patients and carers living with FASD, and practitioners)
  • policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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