The Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award

In 2007, Prenatal Diagnosis, the official journal of ISPD, announced The Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award . In recognition of the Journal’s Founding Editor, an annual prize is awarded to the best original paper published in a given volume by a young investigator (40 years or younger). Click Here  for an overview and access to the following winning papers.

2014: Involvement of neurons and retinoic acid in lymphatic development: new insights in increased nuchal translucency

Nicole B. Burger (pictured at left), Kyra E. Stuurman, Evelien Kok, Tanja Konijn, Dennis Schooneman, Karen Niederreither, Mark Coles, Williamn W. Agace, Vincent M. Christoffels, Reina E. Mebius, Serge A. van de Pavert, and Mireille N. Bekker

2013:  Impact of observed versus hypothesized service utilization on the incremental cost of first trimester screening and prenatal diagnosis for trisomy 21 in a Canadian province
Amy Metcalfe, Gillian Currie, Jo-Ann Johnson, Francois Bernier, Lisa M. Lix, Andrew W. Lyon, and Suzanne C. Tough

2012:  Identification of circulating fetal cell markers by microarray analysis
Marie Brinch, Lotte Hatt, Ripudaman Singh, Kristine Møller, Steffen Sommer, Niels Uldbjerg, Britta Christensen, and Steen Kolvraa

2011:  Integrative data mining to identify novel candidate serum biomarkers for pre-eclampsia screening
Jeroen L. A. Pennings, Sylwia Kuc, Wendy Rodenburg, Maria P. H. Koster, Peter C. J. I. Schielen, and Annemieke de Vries

2010:  Confined placental mosaicism and pregnancy outcome: a distinction needs to be made between types 2 and 3
Jérôme Toutain, Cécile Labeau-Gaüzere, Thomas Barnetche, Jacques Horovitz, and Robert Saura

2009:  A microarray-based approach for the identification of epigenetic biomarkers for the noninvasive diagnosis of fetal disease
Tianjiao Chu, Brian Burke, Kimberly Bunce, Urvashi Surti, W. Allen Hogge, and David G. Peters

2008:  Comparison between ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in assessment of fetal cytomegalovirus infection
Olivier Picone, Isabelle Simon, Alexandra Benachi, Francis Brunelle, and Pascale Sonigo

2007:  First-trimester ADAM12 and PAPP-A as markers for intrauterine fetal growth restriction through their roles in the insulin-like growth factor system
Nicholas J. Cowans and Kevin Spencer

Joe Leigh Simpson Award for Best Early Career Investigator

At the international conference, ISPD recognizes the work of the best early career investigator with the Joe Leigh Simpson Award. This award was previously named the ISPD Young Scientist Award, and renamed to honor Joe Leigh Simpson, the Founding President of ISPD. Below an overview of the winning young investigators:

2015: Correction of Hemoglobin levels in a Heterozygous Humanized Mouse Model of Thalassemia after Fetal Gene Therapy

Pancios Shangaris, MBBCh, BAO, MSc, United Kingdom (pictured above)

2014: Are false-positive results in non-invasive prenatal RHD typing caused by placental chimerism?

Florentine F. Thurik, MD, The Netherlands

2013: Fetoscopic lasercoagulation of the entire vascular equator for treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
Femke Slaghekke, MD, The Netherlands

2012: Altered Fetal Cerebral and Cerebellar Development in Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).
Tomo Tarui, MD, United States
2010: Intrauterine delivery of AAV efficiently transduces the liver and CNS in the non-human primate fetus.
Citra Mattar, MBBS, Mmed, MRAZNCOG, Singapore

2008: MLPA or karyotyping? Comparison of accuracy in prenatal diagnosis: Preliminary results.
Elisabeth Boormans, MD, The Netherlands

2006: Hematopoietic chimerism and prevention of tumor formation after allogeneic in utero transplantation of embryonic stem cell-derived progenitors in cynomolgus monkey
S. Hayoshi