ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD monthly 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.

February 2017 Issue

Diversity, Inclusion and the 21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy

President Igna Van den Veyver
Ignatia Van den Veyver, MD, ISPD President

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD:

The program for ISPD’s 21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy in San Diego, CA, USA is near completion. Many excellent national and international invited speakers have confirmed their participation in what promises to be a very exciting and intellectually stimulating conference. We are enthusiastically looking forward to participation from delegates and guests from the entire world.

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Preconference Course on Challenges in Prenatal Counseling - Ethics and Genetic Counseling SIGs

Submitted by Ainsley Newson, PhD and Wybo Dondorp, PhD, Ethics SIG Leaders; and Judith Jackson, MS and Charlotta Ingvoldstad, CG, Counseling SIG Leaders

Participate in, and help shape, this year’s ethics/genetic counseling ISPD preconference course

Ethics is inherent to prenatal counseling and decision-making. There are well-versed debates over issues such as the moral status of the fetus, or maternal-fetal conflict. There are also increasingly sophisticated debates over concepts such as the meaning of disability, and notions of autonomy and choice in reproduction.

Norms such as non-directiveness underpin many professional actions in this field. However, some professionals may worry how they might raise an ethical issue without being directive. Others may feel they lack knowledge of ethics: is it all just subjective, with no right answers?

As leaders of ISPD's Ethics and Genetic Counseling SIGs, we have been hearing that our members are keen to learn more about how to identify and critically reason around ethical issues. As a result, we have joined forces to offer an interdisciplinary preconference course at the ISPD 21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy that will address cutting-edge ethical and genetic counseling challenges in prenatal testing.

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The Ethics of Reproductive Testing and Fetal Therapy SIG provides a forum for engagement, education and support around ethical issues arising in reproductive testing and fetal therapy. The Genetic Counseling SIG encourages the exchange of information and experience among professionals providing genetic counselling, as well as increasing international awareness of the profession. Please visit our websites!

ISPD Federation Developing Course for Chinese Congress of Fetal Medicine

Submitted by Rossa Chiu, MD, on behalf of the Federation of ISPD

The Federation of ISPD is a network of regional, national or local professional societies with an interest in prenatal testing. Being affiliated with the Federation means that contact information of your society could be posted on the ISPD website, symposia could be developed jointly with ISPD or ISPD may recommend speakers for your meetings. A precongress course at the 7th Chinese Congress of Fetal Medicine that has been jointly developed by ISPD and the conference organizers (Shanghai First Maternity and Infant Hospital, Tongji University, Chinese Journal of Prenatal Diagnosis, and the Fetal Medicine Group of Chinese Perinatal Society) will take place on 25 May 2017.

Any parties who are interested in joining the Federation are invited to contact


The objective of the ISPD Federation is to represent prenatal diagnosis world-wide, speaking compellingly in a unified voice, the message to stimulate, support, and promote education, research, and knowledge in the field of prenatal diagnosis. Please visit our webpage.

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

February 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Van Mieghem, T., Bianchi, D. W., Levy, B., Deprest, J., Chitty, L. S., and Ghidini, A. (2017) In case you missed it: the Prenatal Diagnosis editors bring you the most significant advances of 2016. Prenat Diagn, 37: 117–122. doi: 10.1002/pd.5007.

Read the February Editor's Choice article →

February 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents

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

Call for Abstracts

San DiegoJoin us at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in the heart of sunny San Diego, California for the 21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy.

Plenary Debates

In addition to conference sessions, there will be three plenary debates held during the conference. The topics are:

- All prenatally detected Lower Urinary Tract Obstructions should be shunted.

- cfDNA prenatal screening should be used to identify all chromosome abnormalities

- Fetal MRI should be performed in all prenatally detected fetuses with a major structual abnormality.

Learn More 

There is still time to submit your abstract. Present your work to colleagues from around the globe!

Submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The deadline for submission is 1 March 2017. Please follow the link below for details and submission instructions.

Submit an Abstract 


For details on support, exhibit and advertising opportunities, download the prospectus.

New Membership Level Available!

Allied Health ProfessionalsGenetic counselors, sonographers, nurses, technologists, lab personnel, administrators, etc., are eligible for Allied Health Professional membership in ISPD.

We invite these professionals to join ISPD at a reduced rate of USD $180 for one year or USD $330 for two years.

Allied Health Professionals receive all the same benefits as Full Professional Members, including an online subscription to Prenatal Diagnosis, membership in Special Interest Groups, and the right to vote and run for office within ISPD.

Learn More →

We look forward to learning from your insights and working beside you to promote the health of children, their mothers and their families during 2017 and beyond!

Conference Recordings

Conference RecordingsMiss a conference? Purchase access to the recordings!

Recording Features:

  • Presentation slides from preconference courses, debates and concurrent sessions
  • Synchronized audio of the presenter with animation of the mouse and embedded video
  • Access for at least 2 years anywhere you have an internet connection

Recordings are available for the 2015 conference in Washington, DC and the 2016 conference in Berlin.

See a list of available recordings →

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.


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ISPD Global Updates Editors

Lisa Hui (Australia)
Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)
Neeta Vora (USA)

Read Editor Biographies

Global Updates Board Liaisons:
Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)
Igna Van den Veyver (USA)


ISPD Board of Directors

Igna Van den Veyver, President (USA)
Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, President-Elect (USA)
Sylvie Langlois, Secretary (Canada)
Antoni Borrell, Treasurer (Spain)
Lucas Otaño, Past President (Argentina)

Rossa Chiu (Hong Kong)
Roland Devlieger (Belgium)
Francesca Romana Grati (Italy)
Monique C. Haak (Netherlands)
Sebastian Illanes (Chile)
R. Douglas Wilson (Canada)

Board of Directors Webpage

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