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.

February - March 2018 Issue

Issue 2, 2018
Letter from President, Igna Van den Veyver, MD

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD,

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the latest issue of ISPD’s Global Updates. This issue is “Fetal Therapy” themed, and the Fetal Therapy SIG is introducing to you the beginnings of an interactive map on the ISPD website of the various centers offering fetal treatment and interventions. This map is a work in progress, and I encourage you to explore ...



A Global View of Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

Adalina Sacco and Anna David, Fetal Therapy SIG 

The Fetal Therapy SIG aims to provide a central resource for health professionals and patients containing current information about the global availability of fetal surgery for Spina Bifida. This project was initiated with a 2017 questionnaire to a selection of fetal medicine and pediatric neurosurgery experts around the world who were known or thought to be providing this service. The responses to this survey are shown in our interactive map. We invite all units not included in this map to submit their details to the ISPD Fetal Therapy SIG for inclusion in this public resource...


The Fetal Therapy SIG provides a forum for all professionals involved in the field of fetal diagnosis and treatment, with the aim to advance our knowledge and skills. Please visit our website!


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

January (Issue 1) 2018 Editor's Choice Article:

Joint Position Statement from the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis (ISPD), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), and the Perinatal Quality Foundation (PQF) on the use of genome-wide sequencing for fetal diagnosis DOI: 10.1002/pd.5195.

Read the January #1  Editor's Choice article →

January 2018 Issue 1:  Table of Contents


January (Issue 2) 2018 Editor's Choice Article:

Levy B, Bianchi DW, Van Mieghem T, Deprest J, Ghidini A, Chitty LS. In case you missed it: The Prenatal Diagnosis editors bring you the most significant advances of 2017.  DOI: 10.1002/pd.5210.

Read the January #2 Editor's Choice article →

January 2018 Issue 2:  
Table of Contents


2017 ISPD Conference Debate Summaries

Current Controversies in Prenatal Diagnosis 1
All prenatally detected lower urinary tract obstructions should be shunted

Current Controversies in Prenatal Diagnosis 2
Cell free DNA prenatal screening should be used to identify all chromosome abnormalities

Current Controversies in Prenatal Diagnosis 3
Fetal MRI should be performed in all prenatally detected fetuses with a major structural abnormality

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


Lecture Recordings from 7th China Fetal Medicine Congress

With support from the Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital of Tongji University, the Chinese Journal of Prenatal Diagnosis, and the ISPD Federation, ISPD leaders presented two courses, Practical Applications of New Screening and Diagnostic Technologies in Prenatal Diagnosis andUltrasound Abnormalities and Genetic Syndromes, at the 7th China Fetal Medicine Congress in May 2017 in Shanghai, China. 

ISPD will be releasing the individual lecture recordings and slides for these courses over the next few months. The first lecture, “Cell Free Fetal DNA and Noninvasive Testing,” presented by Louise Wilkins-Haug MD, PhD in the course,Practical Applications of New Screening and Diagnostic Technologies in Prenatal Diagnosis, is available now for no charge. Please click here for access to the video and slides in both English and Chinese and contact if you have any questions. 

View the lecture →



Register to Attend - Early Rates Expire 31 May!



8-11 July 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
ISPD invites you to attend the 22nd International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, 8-11 July 2018, in Antwerp, Belgium.

Plenary sessions, debates, concurrent sessions and posters will explore the latest controversies and hot topics in the field and will feature invited speakers as well as peer-reviewed abstract presentations.  ISPD is applying to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) for Continuing Education credit for preconference courses and conference sessions.

Registration rates are available for ISPD members, nonmembers, allied health professionals and trainees. Early registration rates are available through 31 May 2018.

Preliminary Program →     Register →     Invited Speakers →

Dates to Remember: 
Late-breaking abstract submission opens: 20 April 2018
Late-breaking abstracts due: 14 May 2018
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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