Virtual Education Series 2020

Please join us for any or all of these educational sessions on Wednesdays, 7 October - 11 November 2020. Please see the preliminary schedule below. Details will be added as they are confirmed.

Registration is Complimentary.
Registration is open below for all sessions. Registration will be free to all who are interested, but all attendees must register to receive access information.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the series.

CME Credits

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. ISPD is also applying for CEUs for Genetic Counselors with NSGC. CE certificates will be free for ISPD members and available to non-members for $50. You may purchase a single, combined CE certificate for all sessions that you attend. The certificate will be provided after the series is completed and will be available for a limited time — please watch for details.

Recordings of Previous Sessions

Visit the VES 2020 Recordings page to listen to past sessions.

Virtual Education Series Schedule

Most sessions will air at 11:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (5:00 PM Central European Time) on Wednesdays in October and November. During October, U.S. Eastern time will be UTC-4 and during November it will be UTC-5. (U.S. Daylight Savings Time ends 1 November 2020). A time zone converter is provided at the bottom of the page to show the equivalent time for you.

28 Oct 2020
Session 4
11:00 AM EDT

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Debate 2:  Expanded NIPT that includes conditions other than trisomies 13, 18, and 21 should be offered.
FOR: Lieve Christiaens    AGAINST: Sylvie Langlois    MODERATOR: Lyn Chitty

Non invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is the most sensitive and specific screening test for trisomy 13, 18 and 21. The technology also has the potential to screen for other genetic anomalies, including sex chromosome anomalies and microdeletions. Controversy still exists as to whether microdeletion and sex-chromosome anomaly screening should be offered to patients, given the more limited sensitivity and specificity as well as the ethical implications. In this presentation, moderated by Lyn Chitty, Dr. Lieve Christiaens will argue for expanded NIPT testing strategies while Dr. Sylvie Langlois will argue against. The initial statements will be followed by live rebuttals and the opportunity for the attendees to engage with the presenters during a live Q&A session and interactive polls. Join us for what promises to be a highlight of our Virtual Education Series.

4 Nov 2020
Session 5
11:00 AM EST

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Functional Imaging — Ellen Grant

11 Nov 2020
Session 6
4:00 PM EST

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Genetic Counseling — Sylvia Mann and Zoë Milgrom 

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Debate 1, 21 October 2020
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The Virtual Education Series is supported by the ISPD Education Fund to which the ISPD Corporate Council member companies have made generous contributions.

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