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.

November 2017 - January 2018 Issue

Issue 1, 2018
Letter from President, Igna Van den Veyver, MD

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD,

First and foremost, I hope all of you have enjoyed very nice end-of-year holidays, and I send you all my best wishes for 2018. I hope this year will bring you much happiness and success!

With the excellent support of our staff at ISPD headquarters, we have been very active during the last few months. The Program Committee for this year’s International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy to be held 8-11 July 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium, is putting the finishing touches on an excellent program.




Recent Developments in Prenatal Care and Ethics
Megan Allyse and Marsha Michie, Ethics SIG Co-chairs

We in the prenatal ethics community have been closely following recent developments in prenatal screening, diagnosis, and therapy. One item that has received a great deal of ethics attention has been a proposal for “reflex screening,” which would reserve a portion of a patient’s blood sample from serum screening and, in the event of a screening result that indicated an elevated risk, ‘reflexes’ the sample for cfDNA screening. Patients would not be notified until results had been returned from both screens. The principal investigators of the study have argued that reflex screening represents an improvement over typical contingent screening protocols, avoiding patient distress in cases where a false positive serum screen can be ruled out after cfDNA screening.


The Ethics of Reproductive Testing and Fetal Therapy SIG provides a platform for reflection on the ethics of the field. Please visit our website!


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Prenatal Diagnosis 37-11November 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Hill GD, Kovach JR, Saudek DE, Singh AK, Wehrheim K, Frommelt MA. Transplacental treatment of fetal tachycardia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017;37:1076–1083.

Read the November Editor's Choice article →

November 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents



December 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Carlon MS, Vidović D, Birket S. Roadmap for an early gene therapy for cystic fibrosis airway disease. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017;37:1181–1190.

Read the December Editor's Choice article →

December 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents




December 2017 (Issue 13) Editor's Choice Article:

Hill M, Barrett A, Choolani M, Lewis C, Fisher J, Chitty LS. Has noninvasive prenatal testing impacted termination of pregnancy and live birth rates of infants with Down syndrome? Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017;37:1281–1290.

Read the Issue 13 Editor's Choice article →

Issue 13 2017:  Table of Contents


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

Joint Position Statement on Genome-wide Sequencing

The joint position statement on the use of genome-wide sequencing for fetal diagnosis was published on 9 January 2018 in Prenatal Diagnosis and was issued jointly by the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (ISPD), the Perinatal Quality Foundation (PQF), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM).

Read the Position Statement  →



Submit an Abstract by 12 February 2018!



8-11 July 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
Exhibit Dates: 9-11 July 2018

The International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (ISPD) invites you to submit an abstract for the 22nd International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, 8-11 July 2018, in Antwerp, Belgium.

The deadline to submit an abstract is 11:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5) on 12 February 2018.

Prenatal diagnosis and therapy professionals in all disciplines are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentation on topics relating to clinical genetics, fetal imaging, fetal therapy, and more! Suggested topics and links to published abstracts from previous years are available on the conference website. Please download the instructions and answers to FAQs to get started with your abstract submission.

The abstracts will be reviewed and selected for presentation based on importance and timeliness of topic, scientific rigor, appropriate analytic approach, meaningful findings, applicability to conference topics and clarity of writing.

Please note that presenters must register for the conference, at least for the day of their presentation. It is not necessary to be a member of ISPD to make a presentation at the conference.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Paige Hulsizer at

Registration opens: 12 February 2018
Abstracts due: 12 February 2018
Late-breaking abstracts are due: 14 May 2018 (only for very recent, high-impact, unpublished work)
Early registration ends: 31 May 2018
Support, Exhibit and Advertising reservations and artwork are due: 1 June 2018



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)

Director, Ex-Officio
Diana Bianchi (USA)

Board of Directors Webpage

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