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, 2023

ISPD membership includes complimentary access to the Prenatal Diagnosis journal, membership in Special Interest Groups, access to ISPD Connect, discounted conference registration rates, exclusive access to online content and more!



Message from the ISPD President



ISPD President, Mahesh Choolani

It is my pleasure to present to you the first newsletter of 2023. This year holds great promise for our organization, and there are numerous reasons to be excited.

Registration for the in Edinburgh is now open, and I encourage all members to take advantage of this opportunity to exchange ideas and network with peers from around the world. Please register as soon as possible to enjoy our early-bird rates.

Our popular continues to provide educational webinars and live online courses that are essential for staying updated on the latest developments in prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. I welcome and encourage your participation.

As we progress into 2023, our Board is working diligently on a new strategic plan for Society. We are committed to ensuring that our organization can meet your professional needs and is well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities as they arise. We will update you on our progress soon and welcome your input as we move forward.

As always, I look forward to our continued work together and wish you a successful year ahead.



Now Accepting Late Breaking Abstracts

Submission Deadline: Monday, 24 April 2023, 11:59 PM US Eastern (UTC-5). Please see the for instructions.


Join Us for the Pioneer Award Lecture

The 2023 ISPD Pioneer in Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy Award has been awarded to Mark I. Evans, MD. He is President of the Fetal Medicine Foundation of America (FMFA), Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, President of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society Foundation (IFMSS), and President of Comprehensive Genetics, PLLC. Dr. Evans is considered one of the major key opinion leaders in the fields of prenatal diagnosis, screening, and fetal therapy world-wide. He routinely lectures around the globe and is regularly invited as visiting professor to national and international obstetrics and genetics meetings.

In support of this award, ISPD President, Mahesh Choolani, recognized Dr. Evans' 40+ years of professional contributions, along with his role as a founding member and past Treasurer of ISPD, noting that "Professor Evans truly belongs among the trailblazers in the field of prenatal genetics and screening."

Dr. Evans will deliver the 2023 Pioneer Award Lecture on Tuesday, 20 June 2023, at the 27th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Edinburgh, UK. In-person and virtual registration is available.

Register to Attend ISPD 2023

Congratulations Dame Lyn Chitty!


In case you missed it - ISPD Past President and Editor-in-Chief of Prenatal Diagnosis, Lyn Chitty, was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to medicine at the beginning of the year.


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Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues


Volume 43 | Issue 3 | March 2023

Read March Issue



Volume 43 | Issue 2 | February 2023

Special Topic Issue | Prenatal screening and diagnosis of sex chromosome conditions: the new normal?

Read February Issue


Volume 43 | Issue 1 | January 2023

Editor's Choice Article: Noninvasive prenatal screening for cystic fibrosis using circulating trophoblasts: Detection of the 50 most common disease-causing variants

Read January Issue



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



Connect with Your ISPD Colleagues


Explore the ISPD Connect User Guide

Engage with colleagues on, our member community platform! There is an online community for each Special Interest Group (SIG) where ISPD members can discuss current topics in the field, share insights and resources, and network with peers.

The following SIG communities are available for ISPD Members to engage on topics of interest:

Fetal Therapy

Genetic Counseling, Ethics, and Patient Education

Imaging and Fetal Phenotyping

Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis

Join a SIG and start using ISPD Connect!

Visit ISPD Connect to join the conversation!







View from recent Virtual Education Series webinars. Save the date for for a session on fetal limb anomalies on 3 May 2023.



ISPD Global Updates Editors
Lynn Bush (USA)
Amy Bremen (USA)
Lisa Hui (Australia)

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (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


Mahesh Choolani, President

. (Singapore)
Tim Van Mieghem, President-Elect (Canada)

Mark Pertile, Secretary (Australia)

Lee Shulman, Treasurer (USA)

Lyn Chitty, Past President (UK)



April Adams (USA)

Lisa Hui (Australia)

Brynn Levy (USA)

Dora Mayen (Mexico)

Rebecca Reimers (USA)
Joris Vermeesch (Belgium)

Neeta Vora (USA)



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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