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 3, 2022

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Message from the ISPD President

Mahesh Choolani

ISPD President, Mahesh Choolani

Welcome to the October-November 2022 edition ofGlobal Updates.


I am honoured to take on the role as President of the ISPD and would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to all the Society members for their confidence and support.


Our Society has accomplished much and weathered through the global pandemic brilliantly. This has only been possible because of the outstanding leadership of Past President, Professor Lyn Chitty, who worked tirelessly to pursue the mission of our Society in advancing the science and practice of genetics and fetal care worldwide. She achieved all these despite the obstacles posed by the global pandemic.


Fetal Imaging & Phenotyping SIG Update

Stephanie Dukhovny and Fionnuala Mone, SIG Co-Chairs


The Imaging and Fetal Phenotype Special Interest group met at the ISPD Conference in Montreal this year. Our meeting highlighted cases presented by Drs. Samantha Doyle, Yuval Yaron, Teresa Sparks, and Neeta Vora. These presentations focused on expanding fetal phenotypes of pediatric genetic disorders and sparked a lively conversation that ranged from variant interpretation to collaborating on case reports.


Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis SIG Update

Natalie Chandler and Francesca Grati, SIG Co-Chairs


Following the long COVID-related delay, it was great that we were finally able to come together (whether in person or virtually) at the ISPD 2022 Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis SIG breakfast. Thank you to all those that attended the meeting. The session started with a talk from Prof. Sandi Deans who gave an update on the EQA schemes offered by GENQA demonstrating that the range of schemes available is increasing with the complexity of genetic testing now offered in the prenatal setting.

Virtual Education Series Webinars


The will continue with , Session 2:

30 November 2022, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST (UTC-5)

What to Tell the Parents: Fetal Growth Restriction


Registration is free, thanks to support provided through the ISPD Education Fund.

Curation Corner: New section ofPrenatal Diagnosis to share new fetal phenotype:genotype associations

The editors of Prenatal Diagnosiswill launch a new "Curation Corner" section in the November issue of the journal. This section has been established to promote peer-reviewed publication of new fetal phenotype:genotype associations that are being found with the rapid implementation of prenatal sequencing internationally. This new paper format is designed to include single case reports or small cohorts of cases with novel findings shown to have likely pathogenic or pathogenic variants. The .The articles are short - no more than 600 words in length, with a maximum of 1 figure and two tables (format provided). All submissions to Curation Corner will undergo the independent peer review process with the aim to expedite these reports to ensure rapid dissemination to aid others in their variant interpretation. We are also encouraging submissions of reviews or standard original article papers that report the spectrum of phenotypes associated with specific genes seen prenatally, or indeed the range of genetic variants seen in association with particular structural changes seen in the fetus.


Please consider submission to this new section to help us all share our knowledge of the fetal presentation of monogenetic conditions. It will help us all with our variant interpretation!


Prenatal DiagnosisJournal - Recent Issues

Volume 42 | Issue 11 | October 2022


Editor's Choice Article:

MacKenzie, T. Investigating attitudes toward prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

Volume 42 | Issue 10 | September 2022


Editor's Choice Article:

Bardi, F. Timing of diagnosis of fetal structural abnormalities after the introduction of universal cell-free DNA in the absence of first-trimester anatomical screening.

Volume 42 | Issue 9 | August 2022


Editor's Choice Article:

Meiman J, Zhang C, Holland B. Use of fetal tele-echo at small regional hospitals increases the rate of prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease.

ISPD members have online access to allPrenatal Diagnosisarticles via the.


Connect with Your ISPD Colleagues

Explore the ISPD Connect User Guide

, our member community platform, is where ISPD members can further their career development by discussing current prenatal topics, sharing insights and resources, and forging new connections with peers and mentors.


The Trainee community is available for ISPD Trainee Members to engage on topics of particular interest to students and early-career professionals! Trainee members are automatically enrolled in this community. Other members may join and serve as mentors by answering questions and sharing knowledge they have gained through experience.


Special Interest communities are also available now for all interested ISPD members to join.







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

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Read Editor Biographies

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (USA)

Louise Wilkins-Haug (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)



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