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 1, 2024

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

ISPD President, Mahesh Choolani

Dear ISPD Community:


I hope you have had a healthy and productive start to 2024. It seems we are all busier than ever with both professional and personal commitments, and I hope you were all able to get some well-earned rest over the holiday season.


ISPD has many programs planned for the year, including one entirely new endeavour. Please find more below.


We hope to welcome many of you to our 28th International Conference in Boston 7-10 July 2024. Registration is now open, and we have a very strong program planned. Please register as early as you can to take advantage of the advance registration rates. The Westin Copley Place will be our home for the week, and we invite you all to enjoy all Boston has to offer while you are there.


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Register Now for the 28th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Professionals from around the globe will teach courses, present the latest research, and debate emerging approaches to prenatal screening and therapy. ISPD has secured compettive hotel room rates at the Westin Copley Place, the official meeting hotel. A standard room is $279/night.


In-person and virtual registration is available for professionals, students, and more.


ISPD Members receive a 25% discount on registration rates!


ADVANCE Registration Deadline: 18 March 2024

EARLY Registration Deadline: 3 June 2024


Program Highlights

• Current Hottest Topics (PrenatalSEQ; EXPRESS)

• Plenaries on Genomics, Fetal Therapy, and more

• Lightning Presentations on High-scoring Abstracts

• Awards (Pioneer; Early Career)

• Attended Poster Sessions


See ISPD 2024 Details

Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis SIG Update: External Quality Assessment

Natalie Chandler, FRCPath, PhD

Francesca Romana Grati, MSCs, PhD

Co-Chairs, Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis


In the fetal sequencing survey conducted through ISPD and presented at the conference in Edinburgh last year it was surprising that 54% of responders said that their laboratory did not participate in External Quality Assessment (EQA). EQA is a system for objectively checking the laboratory’s performance using an external agency or facility. The goal of EQA is to enhance patient safety and patient care by assuring laboratories provide accurate testing and appropriate reporting of results. This also identifies areas for improvement in laboratory testing through benchmarking laboratories providing the same clinical services. Participation in EQA is essential for a laboratory to achieve accreditation to international standards (i.e., ISO15189, ISO17025).


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Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Special Issue: Prenatal diagnosis, management and outcomes for urinary tract conditions


Read February Issue

Volume 44 | Issue 1 | January 2024


Editor's Choice Article:

Qaderi S, Javinani A, Blumenfeld YJ, et al. Mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors: A new-possible approach for in-utero medication therapy

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6492


Read January Issue

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



There is Still Time to Renew Your Membership for 2024!

Did you miss renewing your membership by the 31 January deadline? To continue your membership in 2024, click/tap the link below, login, update your account information, add your dues to the cart, and check out.


A 50% discount is available for professionals in Low and Middle Income (LMI) countries as defined by the World Bank.


Trainee membership is FREE for individuals who are enrolled full-time as a resident, fellow, graduate student, or professional trainee in a program that will lead to appropriate degrees or certificates in subjects relating to prenatal diagnosis and therapy.


Continue Member Benefits


Collaboration Corner


In the ISPD Collaboration Corner:


Study Name: Diaphragmatic Hernia Research & Exploration, Advancing Molecular Science (DHREAMS)


Principal Investigator: Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital


Investigator Role: Collaborating investigators are responsible for consenting families at their local hospital. Samples are collected at the site and shipped directly to the coordinating center, samples do not need to be processed in any way before shipment. Clinical information is added to the study REDCap database by the local team.


Collaborating investigators will have access to the consortium database and are encouraged to utilize the data for analysis. Investigators are also included as authors in study publications.


Patients Sought
Anyone with a personal or family history of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is eligible.


This study can be conducted entirely remotely and participants do not need to travel to enroll in DHREAMS.


Collaboration Corner



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

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (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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