Volunteers sought for brain study

UVic researchers seek children with FASD to take part in exercise program

A University of Victoria scientist is seeking brains.

Brian Christie, a neuroscientist in the UVic division of medical sciences, is seeking participants to find out if exercise improves memory and learning in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. He’s looking for children with FASD between the ages of six and 17 to participate in a 12-week exercise program. Participants will boost their heart rate by playing interactive video games while pedalling a stationary bike.

“This is a fun and interactive exercise program that uses video games,” he says. “It’s our hope it will help enhance the quality of life for these children by increasing their learning capacity.”

FASD is caused by the use of alcohol during pregnancy. Children with the disorder typically have difficulty with learning, memory, planning and paying attention.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the study or how to register as a participant can visit www.fasdatuvic.ca or call 250-472-4244.