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Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies Postdoctoral Fellow Shonagh O’Leary-Moore, Ph.D., recently receivedO'Leary both a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) Merit Award and a Memorial Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA).

The FASDSG Merit Award is presented to a graduate student, post-baccalaureate health professions st
udent, or fellow, who is a member of FASDSG, for outstanding research in the field of FASD. One Award is presented each year at the annual FASDSG meeting. The Award includes a travel stipend and the recipient will deliver a 15 minute presentation at the meeting. RSA Memorial Awardees are chosen among students or postdocs who have presented at RSA symposia. These awards are intended to honor RSA members who have passed away within the past 5 years. The award also comes with a travel stipend.

Shonagh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she also completed postdoctoral work in neuroimaging. She came to the UNC Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies in 2007 for postdoctoral training in teratology and continues to apply neuroimaging techniques, including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), to the study of fetal alcohol exposure.