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Ethical Challenges in Contemporary FASD Research and Practice: A Global Health Perspective



Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is increasingly recognized as a growing public health issue worldwide. Although more research is needed on both the diagnosis and treatment of FASD, and a broader and more culturally diverse range of services are needed to support those who suffer from FASD and their families, both research and practice for FASD raise significant ethical issues. In response, from the point of view of both research and clinical neuroethics, we provide a framework that emphasizes the need to maximize benefits and minimize harm, promote justice, and foster respect for persons within a global context.



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Funding for this work was provided by a grant from NeuroDevNet, Inc., a Network of Centres of Excellence program of the Canadian government. The authors thank Green College for in-kind support. Dr. Stein receives support from the Medical Research Council of South Africa. Judy Illes is Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics.



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