ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

December 2016 Issue

President's Message

President Igna Van den VeyverIgnatia Van den Veyver, MD, ISPD President

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD:

As the end of the year 2016 is near, I hope that all will find time to relax and take a break from your daily hard work in the upcoming holiday season. As I think back on the achievements of the ISPD during the last year, it has been such a positive, exciting and hopeful time for our society. Together with our Board of Directors, Committee leaders and Special Interest Group chairs and the help of the outstanding staff at the ISPD headquarters we have begun to implement many new activities and engage new members in developing and managing them. This monthly Global Updates is just one excellent example. I want to thank every single one of this engaged group of wonderful colleagues for all your hard work, which for most of them is in a true spirit of giving, as all of you selflessly volunteer your expertise, time and insight to many of our activities. I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to 2017 and all the new events our society is developing.

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Increased Nuchal Translucency — Genetic Counseling SIG

Increased NTIncreased nuchal translucency (NT) in the first trimester:  What genetic testing should I consider beyond aneuploidy? Chromosome microarray? Mendelian disorders?

Members of the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group (SIG) are often the recipients of these questions. Guidance from published data is available, but the answers continue to evolve. From variations in the thickened NT criteria to the testing options available, counseling following a normal karyotype presents unique challenges. Judy Jackson chair of the Genetic Counseling SIG provides the following thoughts.

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The mission of the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group (SIG) is to encourage the exchange of information and experience among professionals providing genetic counseling as well as increasing international awareness of the profession. Please visit our webpage.

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Prenatal Diagnosis 36-12December 2016 Editor's Choice Article:

Oepkes D, et al. Trial by Dutch laboratories for evaluation of non-invasive prenatal testing. Part I—clinical impact. DOI: 10.1002/pd.4945.

December 2016 Issue:  Table of Contents

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

Call for Abstracts

San DiegoPresent your work to colleagues from around the globe at the
21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy.

Submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The deadline for submission is 1 March 2017. Please follow the link below for details and submission instructions.

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In addition to conference sessions, a variety of preconference courses will be offered. Take advantage of Special Interest Group meetings, networking events and exhibits to explore the breadth of this educational opportunity.

The conference will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in the heart of this sunny tourist destination. Stop "California Dreaming" and make plans to join us!

For details on support, exhibit and advertising opportunities, download the prospectus.

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 2015 conference in Washington, DC and the 2016 conference in Berlin.

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New Membership Level Available!

Allied Health ProfessionalsGenetic counselors, sonographers, nurses, technologists, lab personnel, administrators, etc., are eligible for Allied Health Professional membership in ISPD.

We invite these professionals to join or renew with ISPD at a reduced rate of USD $180 for one year or USD $330 for two years.

Allied Health Professionals receive all the same benefits as Full Professional Members, including an online subscription to Prenatal Diagnosis, and the right to vote and run for office within ISPD.

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We look forward to learning from your insights and working along side you to promote the health of children, their mothers and their families during 2017 and beyond!

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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