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, 2020

Welcome 2020-2022 Board of Directors

Join us in welcoming the 2020-2022 ISPD Board of Directors, who began their terms on 1 September 2020.


Lyn Chitty, PhD, MRCOG, is our new ISPD President, and we are happy to have six members that are new to the board this term (pictured left): April Adams, MD; Lisa Hui, MBBS, PhD; Brynn Levy, M.Sc.(Med), PhD; Mark Pertile, PhD; Lee Shulman, MD; and Tim Van Mieghem, MD, PhD.


Join us for the 2020 ISPD Virtual Education Series

Please save the dates and plan to join us for this series of educational webinars on Wednesdays in October and November. Attend any or all sessions — each will feature a different hot topic or debate. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance; those apply for continuing education (CE) will also receive the appropriate CE certificate. CE certificates will be free to ISPD members and available to non-members for a reasonable fee.



  • TOTAL Trial
  • Debate 1: Pre-implantation genetic testing for polygenic disorders should be offered to patients undergoing in-vitro fertilization.
  • Hottest Topics: CRISPR
  • Debate 2: Fetuses with non-isolated fetal anomalies or genetic syndromes should be excluded from fetal therapy.
  • Debate 3: Expanded NIPT that includes conditions other than trisomies 13, 18, and 21 should be offered.
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Functional Imaging

These topics are subject to change. Registration will be complimentary.

Seeking an Editor-in-Chief for Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

As Dr. Diana Bianchi prepares to step down as Editor-in-Chief of Prenatal Diagnosis, we are recruiting a new Editor-in-Chief and inviting expressions of interest.


If you are interested in becoming the next Editor-in-Chief of Prenatal Diagnosis, please send your CV to our publisher, Dr. Sarah Tatum George ( and to Dr. Bianchi (, together with a brief statement (no more than one page) outlining your vision for the journal over the next five years, and why you think you are well-suited for the role, by 15 September 2020.


ISPD 2019 Annual Report

While we will not meet in person at our General Business Meeting this year, we are happy to share that the ISPD 2019 Annual Report is available for review online.


We appreciate your contributions to the Society and your continued commitment to our mission in these challenging times. ISPD welcomes your questions or comments at, and we look forward to your participation in our Virtual Education Series.


New in the Collaboration Corner

The ISPD Collaboration Corner is a pathway for building inter-disciplinary research in fetal conditions and treatment. We invite interested researchers who are seeking additional investigators or patients to have their study posted on the website for a period of 30 days.


Posted in August:

  • Fetal Intervention for Vein of Galen Malformation
  • Development of neurofilament as a biomarker of fetal spinal muscular atrophy

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Volume 40 | Issue 9 | August 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Taiwo, TE, Cao, X, Cabrera, RM, Lei, Y, Finnell, RH. Approaches to studying the genomic architecture of complex birth defects.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.5760.


Volume 40 | Issue 8 | July 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Hardy T. The role of prenatal diagnosis following preimplantation genetic testing for single‐gene conditions: A historical overview of evolving technologies and clinical practice

DOI: 10.1002/pd.5662.

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:

Neeta Vora (USA)

Louise Wilkins-Haug (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. 


The newsletter is available free of charge and distrbuted via e-mail  to anyone with an interest in the field of prenatal diagnosis and therapy. Please note that some articles may be available to ISPD members only. 

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