With deep sadness, we share the passing of Dr. Ann Streissguth, a true trailblazer in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) research. Dr. Streissguth’s unwavering dedication and groundbreaking work have transformed our understanding of FASD, leaving an everlasting impact on the lives of countless individuals with FASD, their families, professionals, and researchers.

Dr. Streissguth’s commitment to shedding light on the complexities of FASD was matched only by her empathy for those with this neurodevelopmental disorder that we now know affects an estimated 4% of Canadians. Her research didn’t just advance scientific knowledge, it fostered understanding, compassion and hope for individuals and families navigating the complexities of FASD.

As we reflect on Dr. Streissguth’s contributions, let us also reflect on our shared responsibility to carry her legacy forward. By continuing her work, advocating for awareness, and supporting people with FASD and their families, we can honour her memory in the most meaningful way.

Let us come together to remember a visionary researcher, a compassionate advocate, and a source of inspiration for generations to come.

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