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 4, 2019


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

The 2019 ISPD Conference in Singapore is fast approaching – 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!


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. I hope to see you in Singapore!


Remember to vote in the predebate polls below!


The Art of Genetic Counseling in the Era of Genomic Testing

Kelly Chen, MS, and Katie Ellis, MS

Co-Chairs, Genetic Counseling SIG


“How do I explain non-paternity in a tactful manner?”


“Should I discuss the potential impact of knowing about adult-onset diseases through prenatal microarray?”


"How do I counsel a patient with an ongoing pregnancy (following mosaic embryo transfer) who will only consider noninvasive screening options?"


Are these questions that you consider when counseling patients? If they are, please join us in Singapore on Tuesday, 10 September 2019, at the Genetic Counseling Special Interest Group breakfast at ISPD 2019 (see program). Everyone is welcome to attend as our expert speakers walk us through the challenges of pre-test counseling for complex genomic tests and share their experiences and strategies used when speaking to patients about the details of testing.


ISPD 2019: Conference Debates

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Participate in a Pre-debate Poll

ISPD 2019 will feature three debate sessions. See Program details here.


Debate #1

Debate #2

Debate #3


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Volume 39 | Issue 9 | August 2019


Editor's Choice Article:

Van den Veyver, I. Prenatally diagnosed developmental abnormalities of the central nervous system and genetic syndromes: A practical review.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.5520


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


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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