Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and abnormal neuronal plasticity.

  title={Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and abnormal neuronal plasticity.},
  author={Alexandre E Medina},
  journal={The Neuroscientist : a review journal bringing neurobiology, neurology and psychiatry},
  volume={17 3},
The ingestion of alcohol during pregnancy can result in a group of neurobehavioral abnormalities collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). During the past decade, studies using animal models indicated that early alcohol exposure can dramatically affect neuronal plasticity, an essential property of the central nervous system responsible for the normal wiring of the brain and involved in processes such as learning and memory. The abnormalities in neuronal plasticity caused by… CONTINUE READING