Preliminary Program

This program is preliminary and subject to change. Presentation and debate topics of our invited speakers are included below.
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Preconference Courses | Sunday, 9 July 2017

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09:00 - 13:00

Course 1 | Genomic technologies 101 for non-geneticists

Course 2 | Ethical challenges in prenatal genetic counseling: A case-based approach

Course 3 | Fetal therapy update

 

14:00 - 18:00

Course 4 | Extending the prenatal diagnosis of monogenic disorders: What we can do, what we will be able to do and dealing with the counseling challenges

Course 5 | Ultrasound to enhance genetic diagnoses | Co-sponsored by ISUOG

 

Conference | Monday - Wednesday, 10 - 12 July 2017

Monday | 10 July 2017

08:30 – 08.40
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Address

08.40 – 10:00
Plenary
  • Roberto Romero. Topic TBA.
  • Dennis Lo. Pushing towards the limit of noninvasive prenatal testing.

10:00 – 10:30
Break

10:30 – 12:00
Top Abstracts and Joe Leigh Simpson award for best early career investigator

12:00 – 13:30
Lunch
Attended Poster Session 1

Special Interest Group Meetings
    | Genetic Counseling
    | Reproductive Screening

12:40 – 13:00
Exhibitor Showcase 1 | Natera, Inc.

13:05 – 13:25
Exhibitor Showcase 2 | TBA

13:30 – 15:30
Session 1Prenatal Screening /  NIPT 
  • Yuval Yaron. Preimplantation genetic screening reveals high rate of mosaicism: Biology and clinical implications.
  • Igna Van den Veyver. NIPT to screen for new dominant mutations.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)
Session 2Fetal therapy / Fetal development
  • Dick Oepkes. Role of simulation in training and maintenance of competence.
  • Greg Ryan. Topic TBA.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)

15:30 – 16:00
Break

16:00 – 17:30
Debate 1 | All prenatally detected Lower Urinary Tract Obstructions should be shunted
    For: R. Douglas Wilson
    Against: Rodrigo Ruano
    Moderator: Roland Devlieger

18:00 – 20:00
Welcome Reception
 

Tuesday | 11 July 2017

07:30 – 08:30
ISPD Federation Meeting

08:30 – 09:00
Panel with Journal Editors
   Diana Bianchi (Prenatal Diagnosis)
   Roberto Romero (AJOG)         

09:00 – 10:30
Debate 2 | cfDNA prenatal screening should be used to identify all chromosome abnormalities.
    For: Mary Norton
    Against: Lyn Chitty
    Moderator: Louanne Hudgins

10:30 – 11:00
Break

11:00 – 12:30
Session 3Genetic testing for fetal anomalies
  • Magdalena Walkiewicz. Experience with Exome Sequencing for Fetal anomalies.
  • Debbie Krakow. Investigating the fetus with a suspected skeletal dysplasia.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)
Session 4 Genetics of adverse obstetrical outcomes
  • Roberto Romero. Genetics of preterm birth. 
  • Liona Poon. Is preeclampsia preventable by Aspirin? Results of the ASPRE study.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)

12:30 – 14:00
Lunch
Attended Poster Session 2

Special Interest Group Meetings
    | Imaging in Pregnancy
    | Laboratory Techniques

13:10 – 13:30
Exhibitor Showcase 3 | PerkinElmer

13:35 – 13:55
Exhibitor Showcase 4 | Roche

14:00 – 15:30
Plenary Session
  • Stephanie Veldoramos. Zika infection: Lessons learned from the laboratory
  • Lauren Lynch. Zika infection: Clinical experience from the epidemic in Puerto Rico
  • Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Award
  • Late Breaking Abstracts

15:30 – 16:00
Break

16:00 – 17:30
Plenary Session, continued
  • Lyn Bush: Dialogue to discuss counselling/ethical issues relating to prenatal genetics
Prenatal Diagnosis Journal Update
ISPD Business Meeting

 

Wednesday | 12 July 2017

08.00 – 08:30
Plenary Session
  • Diana Bianchi. News from NICHD

08:30 – 10:00
Debate 3 | Fetal MRI should be performed in all prenatally detected fetuses with a majorstructural abnormality.
    For: Richard Barth
    Against: Denise Pugash
    Moderator: Lawrence Platt

10:00 – 10:30
Break

10:30 – 12:20
Session 5 | Ethics/Legal and genetic counseling
  • Megan Allyse. Informed decision-making about prenatal cfDNA screening: An assessment of written materials.
  • Invited Speaker and topic TBA
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)
Session 6 | Prenatal imaging
  • Magdalena Sanz Cortes. New modalities in neuroimaging.
  • Greg DeVore. Prenatal Cardiac Functional assessment and outcome.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)

12:20 – 13.30
Lunch
Special Interest Group Meetings
    | Ethics of Reproductive Testing and Fetal Therapy
    | Fetal Therapy

13:30 – 14:10
Top Oral Posters

14:10 – 15.30
Closing Plenary
  • Alan Flake. The Artificial Placenta
  • Jennifer Radin. Redefining a healthy pregnancy using mobile technologies.