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.

April - May 2018 Issue

Issue 3, 2018

Letter from President, Igna Van den Veyver, MD

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD,

I hope you will enjoy reading this new issue of Global Updates, which contains many updates about ISPD. As we are nearing the summer months, I have two important highlights for you.

First, I would like to congratulate the newly elected members of the ISPD Board of Directors who will begin their two-year term in September. They are a great group of current and emerging international leaders in our field who will undoubtedly bring in new initiatives to continue to grow and improve ISPD under the leadership of the new President, Louise Wilkins-Haug, and the new President-Elect, Lyn Chitty.




Position Statement on Genome Sequencing for Fetal Diagnosis

In case you missed it – ISPD in conjunction with the Perinatal Quality Foundation (PQF), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) published a statement addressing the incorporation of whole exome and genomic sequencing in prenatal care. Highlights include when to offer the counseling needed and processes for evaluating results.



Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

March 2018 Editor's Choice Articles:

Evans MI, Evans SM, Bennett TA, Wapner RJ. The price of abandoning diagnostic testing for cell‐free fetal DNA screening. DOI: 10.1002/pd.5226.

Hui L, Norton M. What is the real “price” of more prenatal screening and fewer diagnostic procedures? Costs and trade‐offs in the genomic era. DOI: 10.1002/pd.5228.

Read the March Editor's Choice article →

March 2018 Issue:  Table of Contents


April 2018 Editor's Choice Article:

Fruhman G, Miller C, Amon E, Raible D, Bradshaw R, Martin K. Obstetricians' views on the ethics of cardiac surgery for newborns with common aneuploidies.  DOI: 10.1002/pd.5225.

Read the April Editor's Choice article →

April 2018 Issue:  
Table of Contents


May 2018 Editor's Choice Article:

Wójtowicz A, Wójtowicz W, Jurek J, Huras H. Evaluation of the fetal palate at 11 to 13 (+6) weeks of gestation based on an analysis of static ultrasound images using modern IT techniques  DOI: 10.1002/pd.5251.

Read the May Editor's Choice article →

May 2018 Issue:  
Table of Contents

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



In collaboration with societies around the globe, representatives from ISPD have had the opportunity to present updates in genetics and fetal care to a wide range of audiences. Recordings of this initiative in Shanghai, China, in May 2017 are now available to all for free online, with slides in both English and Chinese. View the table of contents… 

ISPD speakers delivered “Bringing precision genomic medicine to prenatal care” as a preconference course at the ACMG Annual Meeting (10-14 April 2018) and particiapted in an interactive “Learning Lounge” (pictured left) followed with enthusiastic participation. Additional ISPD-supported educational opportunities are planned for Taipei, Taiwan; Mexico City; and SMFM 2019. 



Register to Attend!


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.

Highlights include exciting and entertaining debates (read 2017 debate details in Prenatal Diagnosis), and a variety of preconference courses. New this year are “dine arounds” – a causal dinner in Antwerp for smaller groups with common interests with a focus on trainee inclusion.

Registration rates are available for ISPD members, nonmembers, allied health professionals, and trainees.

Conference Program →     Register →     Invited Speakers →




Global Updates

The ISPD Board of Directors would like to thank the Global Updates editors and Special Interest Group (SIG) chairs for their on-going contributions to the bimonthly email. We look forward to another year of exciting news of importance to the ISPD members. Please feel free to contact them if you would like to see a particular area highlighted in an upcoming Global Updates. Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Chairs: Megan Allyse, PhD, and Marsha Michie, PhD

Fetal Therapy
Chairs: Anna David, PhD, FRCOG, and Lynn Simpson, MD

Genetic Counseling
Chairs: Charlotta Ingvoldstad, PhD, and Judith Jackson, MS

Imaging in Pregnancy 
Chairs: Cheryl Albuquerque, MD, MBA, and Luc De Catte, MD, PhD

Laboratory Techniques
Chairs: Elaine Holgado and Diane Van Opstal, PhD,

Reproductive Screening
Chairs: Lorraine Dugoff, MD, and Liona Poon, MD

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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