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Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Norman “Skip” Spear
Friday, May 30, 2014
Binghamton University
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The DEARC is happy to announce that Dr. Sandra Mooney was recently elected to the Advisory Board for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group.

37th Annual RSA Scientific Meeting
June 21-25, 2014
Bellevue, Washington

2nd Annual Flux Congress
September 11-13, 2014
Hollywood, California

The Flux Congress acts as a forum for developmental cognitive neuroscientists and psychologists to share their findings, expand their knowledge base, and be informed of translational approaches. This conference is designed for scientists who use neuroimaging techniques to understand age related changes in brain function and structure.

Research Highlights

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About the DEARC

A collaborative and multidisciplinary research venture to understand the functional and neural effects of alcohol exposure throughout brain development – including the key developmental transitions of adolescence


  • to understand mechanisms by which alcohol affects the developing brain and the developing brain affects the response to alcohol, and
  • to use this knowledge as a platform for generating novel intervention/prevention strategies

Key Themes:

  1. early ethanol exposure profoundly impacts the developing nervous system through both structural and functional neuroadaptations;
  2. ethanol-induced effects (both acute and lasting) depend upon the developmental stage of the organism, with a particular focus on two key times when the developing brain is particularly likely to be exposed to alcohol – via maternal use during the fetal period, and through voluntary drinking in adolescence;
  3. alcohol exposure during more than one developmental phase or when combined with other adverse developmental experiences has particularly pronounced consequences, altering developmental trajectories through multiple routes and developmentally programming later responsiveness to alcohol to promote an increased propensity for later alcohol use and abuse;
  4. characterizing factors influencing and mechanisms underlying developmental consequences of alcohol are critical for developing new intervention/prevention strategies.

Last Updated: 11/3/11