Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Conference to Examine Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Start Date
Mercy Medical Center, a service of Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City, and the Iowa Department of Public Health will sponsor a professional conference to study and discuss Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) on July 22nd at the Sioux City Convention Center. The session will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of the program will be to educate and inform healthcare providers and other professionals about the problem and treatment of FASD, Fetal Alcohol Effect and Alcohol Related Neurodevelopment Disorder.

Larry J. Burd, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine will be the featured presenter. Dr. Burd is also Director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Center and Clinic. Dr. Burd has been with the Pediatric Therapy Program for 25 years and has evaluated over 15,000 children. He has published over 130 professional papers on topics dealing with development and behavior in children and adolescents.

Upon completion of the conference, participants should be able to:

-Identify four categories of FASD and the prevalence of each
-Discuss mechanisms of maternal and fetal exposure related to rates and levels of absorption, blood alcohol concentration, exposure dose, duration and metabolism.
-Discuss risk factors of infants and children with FASD and management techniques to improve behavior.
-Summarize long term and ongoing methods of managing adolescents and adults with FASD.

The registration fee for the conference is $35 if the registration is made by July 6th. After that date, the fee goes to $45.

Continuing education credit will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and other professionals.

For more information about the upcoming conference, contact Mercy Medical Center—Sioux City at (712) 279-2507 or visit the hospital’s Web site at