These educational sessions were held on Wednesdays, beginning 7 April 2021. A recording of each webinar has been posted as it becomes available.
Please note that certificates of attendance are available only for attendees of live sessions.
Also see upcoming sessions in VES 2021 and VES 2020 Recordings.
7 Apr 2021
TALK 1: New insights in the embryology, genetics and prevention of spina bifida — Andrew Copp, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPath, FMedSci, FRSB — see publications
Neural tube defects (NTDs) continue to be common congenital malformations worldwide. In this talk Dr. Copp recapped the range of defects that is included within the NTDs, and examined the evidence from developmental biology studies that show the diversity of origins of different NTD sub-types. Causation is usually a combination of genetic risk factors and environmental influences, and Dr. Copp reviewed the current state of genetic research into these conditions. Pathogenesis of NTDs were reviewed with reference to research in mouse models. Primary prevention is possible, via folic acid supplementation and food fortification in countries where this has been implemented. However, prevention is only partial, and additional strategies are needed to progress towards more complete prevention. Inositol is in clinical trial as an adjunct preventive therapy alongside folic acid, and progress was summarized.
TALK 2: Spina bifida: What we tell the parents — Tim Van Mieghem MD, PhD — see publications
Worldwide, about 150 000 infants are born with spina bifida each year, making this condition one of the most common fetal central nervous system anomalies compatible with life. Over the last decade, major changes have been introduced in the prenatal diagnosis and management of spina bifida. In this talk, Dr. Van Mieghem discussed the current prenatal and perinatal management of fetal spina bifida and present essential information that should be provided to expecting parents when their fetus has been diagnosed with spina bifida. This information was focused around common parental questions, as encountered in typical clinical practice.
5 May 2021
TALK 1: Genetic Basis of Abdominal Wall Defects — Mary Norton, MD — see publications
This talk will focus on the spectrum of abdominal wall defects, including gastroschisis and omphalocele, and will review genetic disorders that are associated with these anomalies. The lecture will also briefly discuss less common disorders, such as limb-body wall syndrome and Pentalogy of Cantrell. The talk will provide information on what is known about the genetics of these conditions, as well as a practical approach to testing when these disorders are identified.
TALK 2: Omphalocele — What should we tell the prospective parents? — April Adams, MD — see publications
Omphalocele is one of the most common types of abdominal defects, with an incidence ranging from 1 in 1100 to 1 in 3000 pregnancies. Omphalocele is often associated with genetic and multiple malformation syndromes, and the overall prognosis depends on the size of the omphalocele, genetic studies, and associated anomalies. With improved sensitivity of prenatal ultrasound and expanding prenatal diagnostic options, clinicians are tasked with not only providing the diagnosis, but counseling the prospective parents regarding prenatal and postnatal management options. This talk will review essential points for counseling and answer some common questions that might arise in discussion with parents.
9 September 2021
TALK 1: LUTO, posterior urethral valve and its mimics — Louise Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD — see publications
A dilated fetal bladder does not always indicate posterior urethral valves. Dr. Wilkins-Haug discussed the importance of gestational age, other findings and evaluation.
TALK 2: Fetal Interventions for LUTO Based on a Prenatal Staging System — Rodrigo Ruano, MD, PhD — see publications
Dr. Ruano discussed various prenatal therapeutic options according to a prenatal staging system.
A Session 4 recording will be posted soon
13 October 2021
TALK 1: What to look out for in monochorionic twin pregnancies — Liesbeth Lewi, MD, PhD — see publications
Monochorionic diamniotic twins occur in about 1 in 300 pregnancies. Compared with dichorionic twins, they face increased risks because of the shared circulation. In about 15%, an imbalance in blood exchange occurs, such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome and twin anemia polycythemia sequence. In this talk, Dr. Lewi summarized the latest evidence on the management of monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies and their specific complications, with a focus on information that is relevant for counseling prospective parents.
TALK 2: Triplet pregnancy: What do we tell prospective parents? — Sabrina Craigo, MD — see publications
Dr. Craigo presented the diagnostic criteria, common complications, and management options for triplet pregnancies, to help obstetricians counsel patients on the medical and psychosocial consequences of triplet pregnancy, potential complications, and multifetal reduction.
The Virtual Education Series has been supported by the ISPD Education Fund to which the ISPD Corporate Council member companies have made generous contributions. Learn More about the Corporate Council
Not on our mailing list? To receive updates about ISPD educational events, please log in to your account (or create an account) and update the Email Communication Preferences on your account page to include meeting announcements. (You do not have to be an ISPD member to have a basic account on our website.)