ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD 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.

Issue 3, 2019


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

The 2019 ISPD Conference in Singapore is just around the corner – 7-11 September. An exciting group of international speakers and debaters will present the latest advances and consider the controversies around existing practices. See the online program for details! Be sure to visit new highlights such as the collaboration corner – a dedicated space in the exhibition hall for speakers and the audience to gather after sessions for ongoing discussion. The collaboration corner will also be equipped with poster boards with more information on collaborative studies. Submit a collaboration poster here to spread the word about your study and recruit new collaborators.

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New Online! ISPD Talk: Fetal Cardiac Intervention

Thanks to ISPD President Louise Wilkins-Haug for contributing the first of what we hope will be a robust series of ISPD Recorded Talks. These recordings will be featured on the ISPD Education YouTube channel and are voice-over recordings of PowerPoint presentations that will cover a variety of topics. We welcome your feedback and ideas for future recordings that will be added to our channel!


ISPD Recorded Talks

Laboratory Techniques SIG News

Diane Van Opstal, PhD

Co-Chair, Laboratory Techniques SIG

As announced during the SIG meeting in Antwerp last year, the co-chairs of the Laboratory Techniques SIG, its board liaison Dr. Francesca Grati and Dr. Sandi Deans of GenQA, currently are collaborating with Prof. Brynn Levy of Columbia University Medical Center, on a survey that he has initiated on the reporting practices of Constitutional Chromosomal Microarray analysis (CMA) data. Read more...

We are organizing an exciting SIG meeting during ISPD 2019 in Singapore. This year it will be a breakfast meeting! So make sure you get up on time and join us! See details...

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the paper of Chan et al. (2019), “Impact of preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy on obstetrical practice” in Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol, 31(2): 127-131. It focuses on the implications of preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy on prenatal diagnostic approaches after transferal of mosaic aneuploid embryos. Liona Poon, one of the authors of this article, has written a summary of their report. Read a summary of the paper...

Laboratory Techniques SIG

ISPD 2019: Conference Updates

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Participate in a Pre-debate Poll

Click below to offer your opinion on Debate #2. Igna Van den Veyver and David Amor will debate this topic on Tuesday, 10 September 2019. ISPD 2019 will feature three debate sessions. See Program details here.

Call for Poster and Collaboration Abstracts

It's not too late to submit a poster abstract for presentation in Singapore! We're still accepting abstracts through 12 August! New this year, our poster area will feature a "Collaboration Corner" - a special area of the exhibit hall where those looking to collaborate can network. Collaboration posters are an opportunity to share plans for new research or to build on existing research and seek others to work with you and/or provide feedback.


Submit an Abstract

Registration Discounts Available!

Discounted registration rates are available for ISPD Members, Allied Health Professionals, and Trainees! Make sure to register by 31 July 2019 to take advantage of early rates.


Funding opportunities are available for students, residents, and fellows in forty-eight Asian countries. See a list of countries.


See Funding Opportunities
Register now for ISPD 2019

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Volume 39 | Issue 8 | July 2019


Editor's Choice Article:

He, W‐B, Du, J, Xie, P‐Y, et al. X‐chromosome inactivation pattern of amniocytes predicts the risk of dystrophinopathy in fetal carriers of DMD mutations.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.5473


Read July Issue

Volume 39 | Issue 7 | June 2019


Editor's Choice Article:

Saicu A, Albu C, Popa-Stanila R, Chiriac L, Boltor-Borza D, Bondor C, et al. Potential clinical benefits and limitations of fetal virtopsy using high‐field MRI at 7 Tesla versus stereomicroscopic autopsy to assess first trimester fetuses.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.5457.


Read June Issue

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



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.


***Call for Editors***

Would you like to contribute to ISPD through the publication of Global Updates? We are seeking additional editors to review and solicit content in partnership with SIG leaders and ISPD Headquarters. Contact Erin Irtenkauf at for details.


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

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