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 2, 2023



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

This issue of Global Updates comes as many of us are traveling to the 27th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Edinburgh. On behalf of the society, it is my privilege to extend a warm welcome to all attendees, whether joining us in person or virtually. This conference provides an invaluable platform for professionals in our field to convene, learn, and network over the course of five days. We are delighted to announce that we have received over 600 registrations from 41 countries, with more than 430 participants attending in person and over 170 joining us virtually.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the dedicated organizing committee for their exceptional efforts in planning this conference. Furthermore, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to our esteemed industry partners for their valuable contributions in making this event possible. Lastly, I extend my sincere thanks to all attendees, whether joining us in Edinburgh or participating remotely from different parts of the world, for being a part of the 27th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy.


If you are unable to attend, stay tuned for updates on recordings and resources from the conference that will be available online.





Update from the Genetic Counseling, Ethics, Patient Education SIG


The Genetic Counseling, Ethics, Patient Education SIG welcomes all ISPD conference attendees to engage in robust discussion with panelists April Adams, Jane Fischer, Dora Mayen, Mark Pertile, Asha Talati and SIG co-chairs/moderators Lynn Bush and Katie Ellis at our Monday educational breakfast as we consider "Navigating the Landscape of Language: How do we interpret roses with thorns?" These engaging conversations will explore how our words influence the way patients consider their path through the prenatal landscape. How does our selection of words affect our patient’s perception and interpretation of their choices, their findings and management options? “Interpret” can evoke, and play off of, several terms we'll readily integrate in the discussion: such as perception (pregnant person and professionals each with their own biases), counseling, communication, decision-making, and education. Together we will examine how our language in consultations, ultrasound and laboratory reports can color how pregnant individuals and families perceive the information being presented.


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues


Volume 43 | Issue 6 | June 2023

Editor's Choice: Rogerson, D, Alkelai, A, Giordano, J, et al. Investigation into the genetics of fetal congenital lymphatic anomalies.




Volume 43 | Issue 5 | May 2023

Featuring: Mattar, CNZ, Chan, JKY, Choolani, M. Gene modification therapies for hereditary diseases in the fetus.



Volume 43 | Issue 4 | April 2023


Special Topic Issue | Highlights of the 26th ISPD annual conference in Montréal (full length articles)





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


Celebrating the Success of VES!



Thank you for your support and participation in the 2022-2023 Virtual Education Series!

This series featured talks on a variety of topics related to "What to tell prospective parents: fetal growth restriction, surprising findings on NIPT."

The is supported by the ISPD Education Fund, to which have made generous contributions.

Past Virtual Education Series Recordings:

Recordings of Virtual Education Series 1, 2, and 3 are available on the ISPD website.

Series 1: CRISPR, Expanded NIPT, and other topics (2020)

Series 2: Spina Bifida, Multiple Pregnancy, and more (2021)

Series 3 : What to tell prospective parents: fetal growth restriction, surprising findings on NIPT (2022-23)




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!







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)



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