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, 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:


Happy Holidays to everyone; I hope you enjoy this issue of Global Updates, the last of 2023.


This year has seen us return to the familiar after several years of the “new normal” brought on by the pandemic. ISPD hosted a fabulous conference in Edinburgh, UK, in June, with over 600 participants. We have continued to advance our popular Virtual Education Series with new hot topics and well-received presentations while also introducing a new members’ Journal Club, which aims to explore prenatal diagnosis and therapy articles in depth.


ISPD has collaborated with societies and other organizations to help offer education in the field in China, Colombia, Singapore, and Taiwan.


I am excited thinking about the year ahead and hope to see many of you at the 28th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, 7-10 July 2024 in Boston, USA, and online. The Board is also planning for additional virtual educational opportunities in the second half of 2024 and is researching new position statements.


Thank you for all you have contributed to ISPD this year, and I wish you all a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year ahead!


Make plans to join us 7-10 July 2024 for the 28th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy at the Westin Copley Place 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.


Abstracts are being accepted through 8 January 2024. Professionals from around the globe will teach courses, present the latest research, and debate emerging approaches to prenatal screening and therapy. The conference will be held in a hybrid format. Registration will open in February.

See ISPD 2024 Details

Member Spotlight: Tim Van Mieghem

Tim Van Mieghem

ISPD President-Elect

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Professor; Toronto, Canada

What mentor would you like to thank and why? Jan Deprest (Leuven) offered me a PhD position and is a fantastic teacher and mentor who strongly advocates for his trainees.


What advice would you give to someone 5, 10, or 15 years earlier in their career? Sit down once in a while to make a career plan for yourself and dare to say no sometimes to things that are irrelevant for your career.


Tell us about something in your career that was possible because of ISPD? Helped me in networking and expanding my research to international collaborations



See ISPD Board of Directors


Please join us for a presentation on fetal hydrops and pleural effusions on Wednesday, 17 January 2024, at 11:00 AM EST (UTC-5) / 5:00 PM CET (UTC+1). This will be the third session of the ISPD Virtual Education Series 4.


FREE Registration for this session is available through 16 January 2024, thanks to support provided through the ISPD Education Fund. You must register no later than the day prior to the presentation to receive the link to attend.


Genetics of fetal hydrops

Teresa Sparks, MD, MAS

University of California - San Francisco


Management of fetal pleural effusions

Nimrah Abbasi, MD

University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital


Register for Free


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Volume 43 | Issue 13 | December 2023 (coming soon)


Review Article:
Nulens K, Lorenzo AJ, Dos Santos J, Ellul K, Rickard M. Fetal urinary tract dilation: what to tell the parents. DOI: 10.1002/pd.6497


See the Early View of this Issue

Volume 43 | Issue 12 | November 2023


Editor's Choice:

Brewer CJ, Makhamreh MM, Shivashankar K, et al. PIEZO1 is the most common monogenic etiology of non-immune hydrops fetalis detected by prenatal exome sequencing.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6451


Read November Issue

Volume 43 | Issue 11 | October 2023


Editor's Choice:

Gai W, Yu SCY, Chan WTC, et al. Droplet digital PCR is a cost‐effective method for analyzing long cell‐free DNA in maternal plasma: Application in preeclampsia.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6432


Read October Issue

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

Call for Papers

The editors of Prenatal Diagnosis are planning a special topic issue and are calling for papers on fetal cardiac abnormalities.

Fetal Cardiology: Updates and Future Directions

Deadline for Submissions: 31 January 2024

See Call for Papers


Bylaws Amendment Passed

Thank you to all the ISPD members who voted on the recent Bylaws amendment to designate three Board Director seats to members from Asia, Latin America, and Africa/Middle East. The amendment has passed, and the current Bylaws are posted on the ISPD website.



Member Announcements & Recognition


Congratulations to ISPD Board Member April Adams on her new role as the Fellowship Program Director for Maternal Fetal Medicine and MFM Medical Genetics & Genomics Combined Fellowship Program at Baylor College of Medicine!


Do you have a job change or professional achievement to share? We'll spread the word here in Global Updates! Just contact  with your announce

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

. (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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