Weinberg Lab Members Participate in “Mark Wood RSA 5K Fun Run and Walk”


At this year’s annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), members of the Weinberg laboratory & friends participated in the 2nd annual Mark Wood RSA 5K Fun Run and Walk. The race was named in honor of Dr. Mark Wood, a longtime alcohol researcher and race organizer who passed away in April, 2015. Proceeds from registrants go to benefit the RSA Education Fund to support travel awards for trainees and young investigators.

Erin Graduate

Congratulations to Erin Morgan on completing her B.A. in Psychology!

Congratulations to Erin Morgan, who recently graduated from UBC with a B.A. in Psychology! Erin joined the Weinberg Lab in 2013 as a volunteer, and later completed a Directed Studies project analyzing play behaviour in female adolescent animals. We are lucky that Erin is staying with the lab this summer to finish up several exciting projects in the lab.


New Book Chapter – “The effects of alcohol on fetal development”

Check out our chapter “The effects of alcohol on fetal development” in the recently published book Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies. This collaborative effort among the labs of Dr. Joanne Weinberg, Dr. James Reynolds, and Dr. James Brien, reviews recent advances in the field of FASD research and highlights the cutting-edge research being performed through NeuroDevNet, one of the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada.



Dobson CC, Holman PJ, Comeau WC, Bodnar T, Lam V, Brien JF, Reynolds JN, & Weinberg J. (2016). The effects of alcohol exposure on fetal development. In Barbara Kisilevsky & Nadja Reissland (Eds.), Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies (pp. 331-364). New York, NY: Springer.



Dangers of Light to Moderate Drinking during Pregnancy – Published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences


In a recent review article (Drinking During Pregnancy and the Developing Brain: Is Any Amount Safe?) published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers affiliated with the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) discuss the risks of drinking during pregnancy, citing evidence from clinical and basic science. The authors conclude that the current state of the science into prenatal alcohol exposure tells us that “there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

Click here to find out more about research projects being conducted by the CIFASD.

More than 400 conditions co-occur with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – New study published in The Lancet

In a recently published study in The Lancet, researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto describe many of the potential comorbid disorders that are associated with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure.

Click here to read CAMH’s press release. And here’s a link to The Lancet research article.


Vivian Lam selected as UBC Public Scholar

The UBC Public Scholar Initiative is a one-of-a-kind, pan-university initiative to support and encourage public scholarship that has purposeful social contribution. Vivian was selected as one of 39 PhD students to take part as a member of the first cohort. To find out more about the program – as well as Vivian’s research project, check out the Public Scholars Initiative website.

Congratulations Vivian!


Happy Holidays from the Weinberg Lab!

Undergraduate students Cecilia Fung (left) and Kiran Ubi (right) pose with the Weinberg Lab ornament, which they created from miscellaneous lab supplies for the Life Science Institute’s annual holiday tree trimming party!

Happy Holidays from the Weinberg Lab!


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Weinberg Lab presents at UBC Neuroscience Extravaganza

Neuroscience Extravaganza is an annual poster event and competition for neuroscience trainees and postdoctoral fellows at the University of British Columbia.

Undergraduate Lily Takeuchi presented her poster on “Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and chronic mild stress on depressive-like behaviour,” work she completed as part of a project for the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference hosted at UBC.


Photo Oct 29, 2 34 26 PMMaster’s student Sam Baglot describes her work on maternal observation & early-life adversity to fellow participants at this year’s extravaganza.

Photo Oct 29, 2 37 16 PMPhD candidate Parker Holman presented his work on social and non-social recognition memory following prenatal alcohol exposure and/or early-life adversity.