Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Research Lab


Announcements & Upcoming Events:

Article featuring Dr. Wozniak:

  • Check out this article about FASD research at the U of MN

New Publication: 

  • We are excited to announce the publication of our new paper in "Frontiers in Neuroscience". It discusses atypical developmental trajectories of white matter microstructure in individuals with prenatal alcohol exposure through the use of neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI). Check it out here.
  • We just published a paper in "Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research". We examine the regional differences in the trajectory and timing of cortical thickness change in children with prenatal alcohol exposure compared to typically developing controls. Check it out here.


  • Choline Nutritional Intervention Study - Recruiting 2.5-5 year old children (under 6 years old). 
  • Brain Training Study - Recruiting 8-17 year old children and adolescents. 
  • For more information on the studies check out the "Research Information" tab.

MIDB Facility:

  • We are located at the Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain (MIDB) at 2025 East River Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55414!
  • To learn more about the facility click here to watch a short video.

What We Do:

  • We use the latest brain imaging techniques and neurodevelopmental tests to study the brain changes caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • We are investigating the effects of computerized cognitive training and neuromodulation (mild electrical current) on the scalp on brain development in FASD.
  • We are testing nutritional interventions with the goal to optimize brain development in young children with FASD.

Our Research Team:

RSA 2023
Members of our lab recently attended the Research Society on Alcoholism Conference in Bellevue, WA from June 24-28th, 2023. Left to Right: Dr. Jeff Wozniak, Mary Anthony, Blake Gimbel, Abby Ernst, Dr. Judy Eckerle
Proof Alliance Caregiver Conference 2023
Members of our team presented on Neuropsychological Assessment and Diagnosis in FASD at the Proof Alliance Caregiver Conference on May 18, 2023. Left to Right: Mary Anthony, Abby Ernst, Blake Gimbel
Lab members advocating with Proof Alliance for an increase in funds going towards FASD prevention and support programs.
Our team went to the MN State Capitol on February 21, 2023 with Proof Alliance to advocate for an increase of funds going towards FASD prevention and support programs. Left to Right: Dr. Jeff Wozniak, Abby Ernst, Mary Anthony, Blake Gimbel
Colorful Diffusion Tensor Image of the brain

Colorful Diffusion Tensor Image of the brain

PBS News Hour - "Fetal alcohol disorders are more common than you think"