ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD monthly e-newsletter, Global Updates, is distributed to ISPD members and affiliates. Through the ISPD Federation network, the newsletter also is disseminated to members of national societies in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

March/April 2017 Issue

Imaging SIG: Role of ultrasound in women who undergo cell-free DNA screening 

Submitted by Cheryl Albuquerque, MD, MBA, Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera, CA and Larry Platt, MD, Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound, Los Angeles, CA

A multitude of tests are available today for prenatal screening. The introduction of cell-free DNA screening (cfDNA) for aneuploidy has revolutionized prenatal testing in an era of value-based care. As with any medical test, expectations regarding its performance should be discussed with the patient before the test is ordered. While patients should be offered all relevant testing that is available, patients should have the option to decline any or all testing. It is the provider’s task, however, to make sure that patients understand the benefits and risks of the tests.


The Imaging in Pregnancy SIG strives to improve the knowledge and use of both established and innovative imaging techniques in prenatal diagnosis, and to increase the awareness of fetal imaging specialists (Maternal-fetal medicine specialists, radiologists and radiographers) in fetal dysmorphology. Please visit our website!

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Prenatal Diagnosis 37-1
March 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Zalel, Y., Zemet, R., and Kivilevitch, Z. The added value of detailed early anomaly scan in fetuses with increased nuchal translucency. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017; 37: 235–243. doi: 10.1002/pd.4997.

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March 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents



Prenatal Diagnosis 37-1 April 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Sun, K., Chan, K. C. A., Hudecova, I., Chiu, R. W. K., Lo, Y. M. D., and Jiang, P. COFFEE: control-free noninvasive fetal chromosomal examination using maternal plasma DNA. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017; 37: 336–340. doi: 10.1002/pd.5016

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April 2017 Issue: 
Table of Contents

ISPD members have online access to all Prenatal Diagnosis articles via the ISPD website.

International Conference Speaker Spotlight: Dennis Lo

Join us at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in the heart of sunny San Diego, California for the 21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, 9-12 July 2017.

Dennis Lo will present Pushing towards the limit of noninvasive prenatal testing during the Opening Plenary, Monday, 10 July 2017.

Dennis Lo is the Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Chemical Pathology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is also the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK. Dennis Lo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Oxford.

His research interests focus on the biology and diagnostic applications of cell-free nucleic acids in plasma. In particular, he discovered the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma in 1997 and has since then been pioneering non-invasive prenatal diagnosis using this technology.

In recognition of his work, Dennis Lo has received numerous awards and honors, including election as a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine in 2014 and the Future Science Prize in 2016.

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Abstract decision emails will be distributed later this month. Late-breaking submission opens soon.

Register by 22 May 2017 for discounted rates!

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Past eNewsletters

Past issues of Global Updates are available on our eNewsletter Archives Page. Also available on that page are issues of our previous eNewsletter, Prenatal Perspectives.


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ISPD Global Updates Editors

Lisa Hui (Australia)
Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)
Neeta Vora (USA)

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Global Updates Board Liaisons:
Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)
Igna Van den Veyver (USA)


ISPD Board of Directors

Igna Van den Veyver, President (USA)
Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, President-Elect (USA)
Sylvie Langlois, Secretary (Canada)
Antoni Borrell, Treasurer (Spain)
Lucas Otaño, Past President (Argentina)

Rossa Chiu (Hong Kong)
Roland Devlieger (Belgium)
Francesca Romana Grati (Italy)
Monique C. Haak (Netherlands)
Sebastian Illanes (Chile)
R. Douglas Wilson (Canada)

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