Collaborative initiative on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: methodology of clinical projects

Alcohol. Nov-Dec 2010;44(7-8):635-41. doi: 10.1016/j.alcohol.2009.08.005. Epub 2009 Dec 29.


The Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) was created in 2003 to further understanding of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Clinical and basic science projects collect data across multiple sites using standardized methodology. This article describes the methodology being used by the clinical projects that pertain to assessment of children and adolescents. Domains being addressed are dysmorphology, neurobehavior, 3-D facial imaging, and brain imaging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis
  • Child
  • Craniofacial Abnormalities / diagnosis
  • Ethanol / administration & dosage
  • Female
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / genetics
  • Growth Disorders
  • Humans
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Pregnancy
  • Young Adult


  • Ethanol