ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD 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.


Issue 4, 2022

ISPD membership includes complimentary access to the Prenatal Diagnosis journal, membership in Special Interest Groups, access to ISPD Connect, discounted conference registration rates, exclusive access to online content and more!

Message from the ISPD President

Mahesh Choolani

ISPD President, Mahesh Choolani

Season’s greetings everyone, and welcome to the last issue for 2022.

As the year draws to a close, I hope you are able to spend the holidays with your loved ones and families. As a family, we have achieved much this year. I hope to take stock of our achievements, and thank you for all your support this year.

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Abstract Submission is now open!

Oral and Poster Presentations

Abstracts are being accepted for the 27th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Edinburgh, UK, where all oral presentations will be given in person. Plenaries, debates, podium presentations, poster sessions, and industry symposia will take place Monday-Wednesday, 19-21 June 2023, at the , an ultra-modern, purpose-built meeting venue. Workshops will be held on Sunday, 18 June 2023.


Abstract submissions must be completed online by 30 January 2023. Please see the  for instructions and topic categories.


Virtual attendance will be offered, but all oral presenters must present in person and must register to attend in Edinburgh at least for the day of their presentation.


NEW THIS YEAR: Several travel scholarships will be made available to residents of low and middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank. Please apply with abstract submission. Travel awards of up to $2,500 are availalble.


Submit an Abstract for ISPD 2023

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Volume 42 | Issue 13 | December 2022

Editor's Choice Article:

Brar, B. Prenatal phenotyping of fetal tubulinopathies: A multicenter retrospective case series. DOI: 10.1002/pd.6269

Read December Issue

Volume 42 | Issue 12 | November 2022

Editor's Choice Article:

Langlois, S. Impact of variation in practice in the prenatal reporting of variants of uncertain significance by commercial laboratories: Need for greater adherence to published guidelines. DOI: 10.1002/pd.6232

Read November Issue

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

In case you missed it...

From May 2022


In 2018, ISPD published the first Position Statement on the use of genome-wide sequencing, which was then an emerging technology, in the diagnostic work-up of pregnancies complicated by fetal congenital anomalies.


Since then, there has been significant growth in the experience with prenatal genome-wide sequencing. This  replaces the 2018 statement with updated information on the technologies, experience, and recommended practices.

Curation Corner: New section of Prenatal Diagnosis to share new fetal phenotype:genotype associations

The editors of Prenatal Diagnosis launched a new "Curation Corner" section in the November issue of the journal. This section has been established to promote peer-reviewed publication of new fetal phenotype:genotype associations that are being found with the rapid implementation of prenatal sequencing internationally. This new paper format is designed to include single case reports or small cohorts of cases with novel findings shown to have likely pathogenic or pathogenic variants. The . The articles are short - no more than 600 words in length, with a maximum of 1 figure and two tables (format provided). All submissions to Curation Corner will undergo the independent peer review process with the aim to expedite these reports to ensure rapid dissemination to aid others in their variant interpretation. We are also encouraging submissions of reviews or standard original article papers that report the spectrum of phenotypes associated with specific genes seen prenatally, or indeed the range of genetic variants seen in association with particular structural changes seen in the fetus.


Please consider submission to this new section to help us all share our knowledge of the fetal presentation of monogenetic conditions. It will help us all with our variant interpretation!


Connect with Your ISPD Colleagues

Explore the ISPD Connect User Guide

We are excited to announce new ways to engage on ISPD Connect, our member community platform! We are launching an online community for each Special Interest Group (SIG) where ISPD members can discuss current topics in the field, share insights and resources, and network with peers.

The following SIG communities are now available for ISPD Members to engage on topics of interest:

Fetal Therapy

Genetic Counseling, Ethics, and Patient Education

Imaging and Fetal Phenotyping

Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis

Join a SIG and start using ISPD Connect!

Visit ISPD Connect to join the conversation!

Happy New Year from ISPD

Thanks to the members and supporters of ISPD in 2022, we had a successful and eventful year!

We just wrapped up our last Virtual Education Series webinar of the year, but these continue monthly through March! The next webinar is 18 January on hypoplastic heart. Details on speakers and registration is coming soon!

There is much to look forward to in 2023, including the 27th International Conference in Edinburgh, and additional global educational programs.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2023 from ISPD Headquarters!



ISPD Global Updates Editors
Lynn Bush (USA)
Lisa Hui (Australia)

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Read Editor Biographies

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (USA)

Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)



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.


***Call for Editors***

Would you like to contribute to ISPD through the publication of Global Updates? We are seeking additional editors to review and solicit content in partnership with SIG leaders and ISPD Headquarters. Contact Erin Irtenkauf at for details.

ISPD Board of Directors


Mahesh Choolani, President

. (Singapore)
Tim Van Mieghem, President-Elect (Canada)

Mark Pertile, Secretary (Australia)

Lee Shulman, Treasurer (USA)

Lyn Chitty, Past President (UK)



April Adams (USA)

Lisa Hui (Australia)

Brynn Levy (USA)

Dora Mayen (Mexico)

Rebecca Reimers (USA)
Joris Vermeesch (Belgium)

Neeta Vora (USA)



Have a question or comment for the Board? Please contact us via Your message will be routed to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.




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