Message from the President, July 2020 

Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD

ISPD joins other professional societies and healthcare organizations in condemning prejudice, discrimination, and racial injustice. We are committed to promoting diversity among our members consistent with our vision that evidence-based practice and culturally sensitive preconception and prenatal screening, diagnostics, and therapy are available to all families.
ISPD, June 2020

The global challenges of the past four months re-enforce ISPD’s commitment to maternal and fetal health. Our vision as above has not waivered since its earlier inception.

However, the world is in a new place with unique challenges, opportunities, and needs.  ISPD is actively reconfiguring how to best support its membership, the corporate council focused on education and the numerous individuals who interact with the society through Global Updates, the Next Generation Initiative, and web-based resources. With these challenging times, trainees of all descriptions will continue to receive complimentary membership. I would also encourage you to explore the collaboration corner connecting investigators and patients to COVID in pregnancy studies (and resources in more than 7 languages), clinical trials for fetal therapies such as stem cell for alpha thalassemia and genomic investigations of fetal disorders.

Cancellation of our annual meeting this year highlighted a unique aspect of ISPD – the ability to network and brainstorm with investigators from around the world.  Watch for our upcoming virtual series of debates, plenary presentations, and active audience participation as we realign our goals of global collaboration, education, and critical thinking through virtual platforms.  Become an ISPD member, support the special interest groups and actively engage with their work through their online communities, and educational forums over the next year. There are important opportunities for furthering inclusion and diversity internationally, and they will flourish with your support.