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 "The Journal of Pediatrics" called "Normative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Data Increase the Sensitivity to Brain Volume Abnormalities in the Classification of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder". Read more here.

Our Current Studies:

  • 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. 
  • BRAIN-online Study - Recruiting 8-16 year old children and adolescents

    For more information on these 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:

Proof Alliance Caregiver Conference 2024
Members of of the FASD Lab presented on "Clinical Research in FASD" at the Proof Alliance Caregiver Conference on May 16, 2024. From Left to Right: Abby Ernst, Mary Anthony, Kent Tuominen, and Blake Gimbel
Proof Alliance Benefit 2024
Members of the FASD Lab attended the annual Proof Alliance Benefit on April 18, 2024. Left to Right: Amy Wozniak, Jeff Wozniak, Blake Gimbel, Mary Anthony, Abby Ernst, Erik de Water, and Giancarlo
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"