ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD monthly 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.

July/August 2017 Issue

Issue 5, 2017

Letter from President, Igna Van den Veyver, MD

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD,

My initial goal was to express some comments on the recently published work on genome editing in human embryos and its potential ramifications for human health, medical ethics, and, in particular, our specialty. This is of great importance, and we still plan to comment on this for a future issue. To this, I welcome any thoughts from our membership on this topic, but I feel that today is not the day I can prioritize this.

As many of you may know, Houston has been my home town for the last 26 years. This Global Updates is being issued at a time that is the most challenging ever for Houston and for so many surrounding areas in Southern Texas and Louisiana which are being battered and drenched by what is now tropical storm Harvey; this is all that has been on my mind this last week.  

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Welcome Paige Hulsizer!

ISPD Headquarters is thrilled to welcome Paige Hulsizer to our team as Program Director. Paige comes to us from Best Buddies International and brings experience in nonprofit event planning and program management. She has jumped into planning and coordinating the 2018 ISPD International Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, 8-11 July 2018, and will be supporting ISPD leadership, SIG activities, and social media.

Genetic Counseling SIG Update

Judy Jackson, SIG Chair

Genetic counselors were active participants in all aspects of the conference including moderating, and teaching the preconference courses, offering oral presentations, presenting posters, moderating sessions and participating in lively discussions. Conference organizers and ISPD’s Board of Directors appreciate the integral role that counselors played in this year’s conference and the unique perspective that they contribute.


The Genetic Counseling SIG encourages the exchange of information and experience among professionals providing genetic counseling as well as increasing international awareness of the profession. Please visit our website!

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Prenatal Diagnosis 37-7July 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Deans, Z. C., Allen, S., Jenkins, L., Khawaja, F., Hastings, R. J., Mann, K., Patton, S. J., Sistermans, E. A., and Chitty, L. S. Recommended practice for laboratory reporting of non-invasive prenatal testing of trisomies 13, 18 and 21: a consensus opinion. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017; 37: 699–704. doi: 10.1002/pd.5068.

Read the July Editor's Choice article →

July 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents


Prenatal Diagnosis 37-8August 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Svirsky, R., Reches, A., Brabbing-Goldstein, D., Bar-Shira, A., and Yaron, Y. Association of aberrant right subclavian artery with abnormal karyotype and microarray results. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017; 37: 808–811. doi: 10.1002/pd.5092.

Read the August Editor's Choice article →

August 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents

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

Conference Recordings

Conference RecordingsMiss a conference? Purchase access to the recordings!

Recording Features:

  • Presentation slides from preconference courses, debates and concurrent sessions
  • Synchronized audio of the presenter with animation of the mouse and embedded video
  • Access for at least 2 years anywhere you have an internet connection

Recordings are available for the 2017 Preconference Courses, the 2016 conference in Berlin, and the2015 conference in Washington, DC. 

See a list of available recordings →

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.


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ISPD Global Updates Editors

Lisa Hui (Australia)
Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)
Neeta Vora (USA)

Read Editor Biographies

Global Updates Board Liaisons:
Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)
Igna Van den Veyver (USA)


ISPD Board of Directors

Igna Van den Veyver, President (USA)
Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, President-Elect (USA)
Sylvie Langlois, Secretary (Canada)
Antoni Borrell, Treasurer (Spain)
Lucas Otaño, Past President (Argentina)

Rossa Chiu (Hong Kong)
Roland Devlieger (Belgium)
Francesca Romana Grati (Italy)
Monique C. Haak (Netherlands)
Sebastian Illanes (Chile)
R. Douglas Wilson (Canada)

Board of Directors Webpage

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