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 1, 2020

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

Registration opens this month for the 24th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Montréal, Canada, 16-19 June 2020. We continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing coronavirus situation. We are planning for four days of education through preconference courses, invited talks, hot topic presentations, and posters - including a collaboration corner dedicated to those individuals seeking patients or investigators globally for ongoing studies. And of course, the ever-popular debates. Abstract submission has been extended through 16 March 2020.

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Fetal Therapy SIG: Fetal Cardiac Intervention

Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects approximately 1% of all births every year. Of children born with CHD, 25% of them are considered severe and will require surgery or other invasive procedures within the first year of life. As prenatal imaging and diagnosis has improved, so too has our understanding of the natural history of many of these congenital malformations. In some cases, specific cardiac lesions have been shown to predictably evolve throughout pregnancy from causing mild-to-moderate impairment to more severe, even life-limiting disease.

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Announcing Your ISPD 2020-2021 Board of Directors

Please join the current ISPD Board of Directors in congratulating and welcoming the 2020-2021 ISPD Board of Directors, who will begin their terms on 1 September 2020. Thank you to all who voted in the recent election.


Lyn Chitty, UK



Mahesh Choolani, Singapore



Rossa Chiu, Hong Kong



Lee Shulman*, USA



Early Career Director

April Adams*, USA



Lisa Hui*, Australia

Laura Igarzabal, Argentina

Brynn Levy*, USA

Mark Pertile*, Australia

Tim Van Mieghem*, Canada

Neeta Vora, USA


*New to the Board for 2020-2021

ISPD 2020: Last Chance to Submit Your Abstract!

Deadline Extended - Submit an Abstract by 16 March!


Submit an abstract and make plans to to attend the 24th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, 16-19 June 2020 in Montréal, Canada! Abstracts accepted on a broad range of topics for oral, poster, and lightning communication presentations.


Abstracts are due Monday, 16 March 2020. This is a firm deadline. No edits may be made once an abstract is submitted.




See Abstract Submission Details

Announcing the Reproductive Genetic Technology Consortium

ISPD has joined the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, National Society of Genetic Counselors, Perinatal Quality Foundation, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine to participate in the Reproductive Genetic Technology Consortium.

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Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Volume 40 | Issue 3 | February 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Chitty LS, Hui L, Ghidini A, Levy B, Deprest J, Van Mieghem T, Bianchi DW. In case you missed it: The Prenatal Diagnosis editors bring you the most significant advances of 2019. DOI: 10.1002/pd.5632

Read February Issue

Volume 40 | Issue 2 | January 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Hui L, Bianchi DW. Fetal fraction and noninvasive prenatal testing: What clinicians need to know. DOI: 10.1002/pd.5620


Read January Issue 2

Volume 40 | Issue 1 | January 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Marini D, Xu J, Sun L, Jaeggi E, Seed M. Current and future role of fetal cardiovascular MRI in the setting of fetal cardiac interventions. DOI: 10.1002/pd.5626.


Read January Issue 1

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



ISPD Global Updates Editors
Lynn Bush (USA)
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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