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 3, 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

Dear ISPD Community:


I hope this newsletter finds you well. ISPD has had a very busy few months, highlighted by our 27th International Conference in Edinburgh, UK, 18-21 June 2023. The conference, chaired by Drs. Anna David and Sandi Deans, attracted over 600 attendees with over 430 joining us in person at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. A huge thanks to all our speakers, poster presenters, exhibitors and industry partners, and attendees for joining us for a valuable four days discussing the latest in prenatal diagnosis and therapy. Please make plans to join us in Boston, MA, USA, 7-10 July 2024!


All members are invited to attend the upcoming General Business Meeting of Members, which will be held at 9 AM Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, 26 September 2023. This meeting will discuss the latest plans the ISPD Board has for the Society and review how the Society has weathered the COVID pandemic over the past few years.

Read more from the ISPD President

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the success of the 27th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy!


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A meeting of the 2023 ISPD SIG Chairs

Update from the Genetic Counseling, Ethics, Patient Education SIG

Lynn Bush, SIG Co-Chair


Our SIG educational breakfast considered the theme, "Navigating the Landscape of Language: How do we interpret roses with thorns?” with diverse attendees engaging in rich discussion with panelists April Adams, Jane Fisher, Dora Mayen, Mark Pertile, Asha Talati and SIG co-chairs/moderators Lynn Bush and Katie Ellis. Panelists shared case exemplars that evoked reflection and insights from fellow panelists as well as the audience. Highlights include parent-panelist Jane Fisher illustrating why it is critical to have a parent sitting at the proverbial table/dais, while Dora Mayen, from Mexico, reminded us that much of the world does not have access to genetic counselors, and that “genetic counseling” is typically provided by physicians - a reality in many parts of the U.S. This was poignantly echoed by clinical providers, April Adams, as experienced in Texas, as well as Asha Talati, regarding practice in parts of North Carolina. Attendees were further enriched by Mark Pertile showing us in real-time, the importance of ongoing conversations between laboratory professionals and clinical teams who too infrequently exchange perspectives.


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Conference Highlights


Current Hottest Topics — This highly popular plenary on June 19 featured invited talks and abstract presentations ranging from NIPT for Sex Chromosome Abnormalities: Global Practices and Ethical Implications, to Diagnostic Follow-up on Parvovirus B19 Positive NIPT Samples.


New Session Topics — The conference explored new interests this year with sessions dedicated to immunological considerations for fetal therapy (June 19), ethical, patient-focused service (June 20), and modern aids to support diagnosis (June 21).


Laird Jackson Innovation Plenary — During the closing plenary on June 21, Damian Smedley and Pilar Cacheiro discussed Clinical and Model Organism Phenotype Driven Approaches to Disease Gene Discovery and Diagnostics.


Special Interest Group (SIG) Educational Breakfasts — These events hosted by ISPD SIGs served up thought-provoking presentations and discussion. The recordings are available to registrants in the platform for replay.


Mark Evans

2023 Award Recipients


 — The Rubric of the 3 Moore’s. Mark Evans. Presented on June 20.


 — This award was presented to Kate Stanley for the presentation, Cell Free DNA Fragmentation Infers Single Cell Type Contributions In Pregnancy. Three presentations that were considered for this award were delivered in the Early Career session on June 19.


 — This award is presented to a researcher under the age of 40 for an article published in a given volume of . The award for Volume 42 (2022) was presented on June 20 to Natalie Chandler for "Lessons learnt from fetal exome sequencing service." View all awarded articles.


Best Poster Award — The Best Poster Award was presented to Yada Kunpalin for Simple Prenatal Imaging Predictors for Postnatal Cerebrospinal Fluid Diversion Surgery in Fetuses Undergoing In Utero Surgery for Spina Bifida (P-016).

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Volume 43 | Issue 10 | September 2023


Editor's Choice: Bargos CM, Gupta VS, Conner P, et al. Syndromic congenital diaphragmatic hernia: Current incidence and outcome. Analysis from the congenital diaphragmatic hernia study group registry. DOI: 10.1002/pd.6407


Read September Issue

Volume 43 | Issue 9 | August 2023


Editor's Choice: Turriff, A, Miner, SA, Annunziata, CM, Bianchi, DW. Patients' perspectives on prenatal screening results that suggest maternal cancer: A qualitative analysis. DOI: 10.1002/pd.6406


Read August Issue

Volume 43 | Issue 8 | July 2023


Featuring: Jasmin Beygo et al.Prenatal testing for imprinting disorders: A laboratory perspective. doi:10.1002/pd.6398

Andreas Dufke et al. Prenatal testing for Imprinting Disorders: A clinical perspective. doi:10.1002/pd.6400


Read July Issue

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



Call for Papers

The editors of Prenatal Diagnosis are planning three special issues:

Prenatal diagnosis, management and outcomes for urinary tract conditions

Deadline for Submissions: 30 September 2023


Highlights from the annual 2023 ISPD meeting in Edinburgh

Deadline for Submissions: 30 September 2023


Fetal Cardiology: Updates and Future Directions

Deadline for Submissions: 31 December 2023

See Call for Papers


Attend the Annual Business Meeting

The 2023 Business Meeting of ISPD Members is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 September 2023, 9:00-9:45 AM US Eastern, via Zoom. The agenda for this meeting and the link to register are now posted on the members-only website. Please e-mail for assistance.

See General Business Meeting Information


Pioneer Award Nominations

Created in 2018, the ISPD Pioneer in Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy Award is the highest recognition given by the Society to a professional for outstanding contributions to the practice and profession of prenatal diagnosis and therapy. The recipient of the award will give a special lecture at the annual ISPD International Conference and be recognized on the ISPD website and in the Global Updates newsletter. ISPD Members can submit a nomination for a colleague. Nominations must be received by Friday, 13 October 2023, in order to be considered. Once nominations are received, the ISPD Board of Directors will review the candidates and vote to select a winner.

See Call for Nominations


Make plans to join us 7-10 July 2024 for the 28th International Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Professionals from around the globe will teach courses, present the latest research, and debate emerging approaches to prenatal screening and therapy. Visit for more information and watch for a call for abstracts later this month.




ISPD Global Updates Editors
Lynn Bush (USA)
Amy Breman (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

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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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