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.

January - February 2019 Issue

Issue 1, 2019

President's Message, Louise Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD

Welcome to a new year and a new initiative from ISPD.


ENGAGING THE NEXT GENERATION reaches out to trainees in all areas with an ongoing platform to acquaint them with ISPD through complimentary membership to the society. Membership makes available access to Prenatal Diagnosis, engagement in special interest groups, reduced meeting registration, and a dedicated website presence. Through ISPD website access, the initiative will soon foster mentor-mentee partnerships, an online community, opportunities for networking with other members and trainees, and a career development series. Watch for news of “Next Generation” eligible travel awards to the Singapore conference in September!


– complimentary to trainees! Become an active participant of ISPD, supported by the existing membership to explore and engage in special interest groups, online education, and the .

Interview: Update on Invasive Fetal Cardiology

Lynn Simpson, Fetal Therapy SIG


Join Lynn Simpson as she interviews ISPD President Louise Wilkins-Haug to discuss developments in the field of invasive fetal cardiology.

Global View of Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

Adalina Sacco and Anna David, Fetal Therapy SIG


The Fetal Therapy SIG's interactive map of the global availability of fetal surgery for Spina Bifida has been updated in 2019. 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. 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.


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal


Editor's Choice Articles:

Kinnear C, Haranal M, Shannon P, Jaeggi E, Chitayat D, Mital S. Abnormal fetal cerebral and vascular development in hypoplastic left heart syndrome

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Editor's Choice Articles:


Brandt JS, Cruz Ithier MA, Rosen T, Ashkinadze E. Advanced paternal age, infertility, and reproductive risks: A review of the literature.



Ghidini A, Bianchi DW, Levy B, Van Mieghem T, Deprest J, Chitty LS. In case you missed it: The prenatal diagnosis editors bring you the most significant advances of 2018.



Editor's Choice Articles:


Wang J, Radcliff J, Coe SJ, Mahon LW. Effects of platforms, size filter cutoffs, and targeted regions of cytogenomic microarray on detection of copy number variants and uniparental disomy in prenatal diagnosis: Results from 5026 pregnancies.



Levy B, Burnside RD. Are all chromosome microarrays the same? What clinicians need to know.



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

Call for Submissions - Prenatal Diagnosis January 2020

Lisa Hui, Reviews Editor, Prenatal Diagnosis


Prenatal Diagnosis is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the January 2020 themed issue on “Maternal and environmental influences on fetal development.”


ISPD Presents at National Congress of Human Genetics

ISPD leaders, Igna Van den Veyver, Lyn Chitty, and Lucas Otaño, gathered in Mexico in November 2018 for the XLIII National Congress of Human Genetics.


Conference Program Update - More Opportunities to Learn in 2019!

This year, ISPD is offering more opportunities to learn at the 23rd International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, with preconference now beginning on Saturday, 7 September 2019 and the conference program starting Sunday afternoon! This new schedule will include six preconference courses and hands-on workshops starting Saturday and continuing the morning of Sunday, 8 September. The conference program will run Sunday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon! View the preliminary program and the list of invited speakers, featuring experts in prenatal diagnosis and therapy from around the world.


View the Program

Submit an Abstract and Join Us in Singapore!

Submit an abstract and make plans to attend the , Saturday-Wednesday, 7-11 September 2019, in stunning Singapore! Please encourage your colleagues to submit an abstract as well.


Abstract Due Date: 15 April 2019


Oral and Poster Abstracts

There will be numerous opportunities to present abstracts in four concurrent sessions, a top abstracts plenary, a hot topics plenary, two attended poster sessions, and brief oral presentations of posters with the top peer-review scores.


Please note: There will be no late-breaking abstract submission this year. All abstracts must be submitted by the regular deadline, 15 April 2019.


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)


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.


ISPD Board of Directors


Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, President (USA)

Lyn S. Chitty, President-Elect (UK)

Rossa Chiu, Secretary (Hong Kong)

Sylvie Langlois, Treasurer (Canada)

Igna Van den Veyver, Past President (USA)




Mahesh A. Choolani (Singapore)

Francesca Romana Grati (Italy)

Monique C. Haak (Netherlands)

Maria L. Igarzabal (Argentina)

Sebastian Illanes (Chile)

Glenn E. Palomaki (USA)

Neeta L. Vora (USA)

Director, Ex-Officio

Diana Bianchi (USA)

Board of Directors Webpage

Have a question or comment for the Board? Please contact us via Your message will be routed to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.

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