Volume 3, Number 3  |  November 2015

Upcoming Events

16 – 18 November 2015
3rd Annual Advances in Prenatal Molecular Diagnostics
Boston, MA

 19 – 21 November 2015
19th International Annual Congress of LSOG
Beirut, Lebanon

 27 – 29 November 2015
11th Asia Pacific Congress in Maternal Fetal Medicine
Tapei, Taiwan

 3 – 6 December 2015
24th Annual Ultrasound Update for Clinical Practice
Fort Lauderdale, Orlando

5 – 6 December 2015
FMF Advances Course
London, UK

11 – 13 December 2015
7th Advanced Course of Ultrasound in Ob/Gyn & 12th MEDUOG Congress
Athens, Greece

8 – 12 March 2016
ACMG Annual Clinical Genetics meeting
Tampa, Florida, USA

– 7 April 2016
13th International Congress of Human Genetics
Kyoto, Japan

4 – 6 April 2016
Cambridge Healthtech Prenatal Molecular Diagnostics
Lisbon, Portugal

8 – 11 May 2016
15th International Conference on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Bologna, Italy

21 – 24 May 2016
European Human Genetics Conference 
Barcelona, Spain

10 – 13 July 2016
International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis
20th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy

Berlin, Germany

27 August 27 – 2 September 2016
11th Course in Clinical Cytogenetics
Goldrain, Italy

9 – 12 July 2017
21st International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy
San Diego, California, USA

Listing compiled by Reem S. Abu-Rustum and Peter Benn.

Joe Leigh Simpson In Perspective… 

Reem S. Abu-Rustum, MD

This issue’s “In Perspective” features an interview with Joe Leigh Simpson,  ISPD’s founding President and current Senior Vice President for Research and Global Programs for March of Dimes. Dr. Simpson is world-renowned for his contributions to our field and has been a lifelong friend and supporter of our society. He agreed to give our fourth interview. Continue reading...

Clinical Perspectives

Peter Benn, DSc and Jeroen Pennings, PhD

Included in this article....
NIPT:  Post-test risk estimate
NIPT: use of microarray for quantification
NIPT: maternal cancer
NIPT: Economics
NIPT: microdeletions
Expanded carrier screening
Q fever and pregnancy outcomes
Pre-eclampsia and aspirin treatment

Read Clinical Perspectives...

Thesis: ultrasonographic markers for aneuploidy

Jeroen Pennings, PhD

On Monday the 1st of June, Fedja Vos defended her PhD thesis at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In her thesis "Ultrasonography of the fetal nose, maxilla, mandible and forehead as markers for aneuploidy," Fedja describes several anatomical features in the fetal facial profile identifying aneuploid fetuses Down and Edwards syndrome (DS and ES) in ultrasound (US) investigations performed beyond the first trimester. Continue reading...

Book review: Guidelines and Standards for Maternal Serum Screening for Down’s Syndrome, Neural Tube Defects and other Obstetric Problems

Jeroen Pennings, PhD

Especially in developing countries like India, prenatal screening is complicated by factors such as lack of awareness, absence of a national policy, and costs that may not always be affordable. Whereas there are massive benefits to perinatal health care that can be achieved, the fact that prenatal screening was set up later in most developing countries than in Europe or North America means that clinicians and laboratories are not all equally familiar with some essentials details of a screening program. Continue reading...

Developing the new ISPD 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan 

Igna Van den Veyver, MD

With emerging new technologies and shifting paradigms in fetal imaging, fetal care, and genomic diagnostic technologies and medicine, the ISPD Board of Directors recognizes the importance of new educational and professional initiatives to serve the needs of ISPD members and a wider community of stakeholders with overlapping interests. Continue Reading...

ISPD Joins ISUOG in Workshop on NIPT: Possiblities and Pitfalls

Sylvie Langlois, MD

On 11 October 2015, ISPD held a joint workshop with ISUOG at their 25th World Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology entitled NIPT: Possibilities and Pitfalls. Continue Reading...

Special Interest Group and Committee News


Imaging in Pregnancy SIG Reports from Washington, DC

Tony Borrell, MD, PhD

On Monday July 13, a Pregnancy Imaging SIG lunch meeting was held in Washington. It was clear to most of the attendants that the main aim of our SIG is to promote professional education of Fetal Imaging specialists (MFM, radiologists and radiographers) in Genetics, given that imaging allows the detection and characterization of prenatal dysmorphology. In a few words, our SIG is attempting to cover the distance between Ultrasound and Genetics. Continue reading...

Genetic Counseling SIG Holds its Inaugural Meeting in DC

Judith Jackson, MS

With the help of 133 genetic counselors from countries such as Russia, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Australia, ISPD’s International Conference was the most highly attended ISPD conference ever.  This was the first year ISPD included a Genetic Counseling SIG, and our first meeting drew approximately 100 participants. Continue reading...

The Ethics of Reproductive Testing and Fetal Therapy SIG Co-Sponsors Preconference Course

Wybo Dondorp, PhD

The Ethics of Reproductive Testing and Fetal Therapy SIG was formally launched at the annual conference in Washington with a well-attended precongress course (together with the SIG laboratory techniques) and an ‘inaugural’ SIG business meeting. Continue reading...

ISPD Launches Membership Committee

Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD

As an international organization, membership in ISPD presents unique advantages as well as challenges. Those individuals focused on the specialized, genetic care of the mother and her fetus represent a unique subset of those who also perform ultrasound, genetic laboratory testing, maternal fetal medicine and fetal therapy. Continue reading...

Members Invited to Contribute to Prenatal Perspectives

You are invited to submit an article to the ISPD Newsletter, Prenatal Perspectives. We would like to feature short scientific literature alerts (not papers) to highlight the work of members and their colleagues. The newsletter is an excellent showcase to draw more attention to your research, call for collaborations, meeting announcements, etc! Tell us about awards, other honors, retirements, and other member news.

Also, we are accepting submissions of short pieces on regional developments in NIPT, pre-eclampsia, initiatives within screening programs, etc. Finally, if you have a question to ask, why not do that via the Society newsletter? We are want to hear from you! Write to info@ispdhome.org.

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