Volume 4, Number 1  |  March 2016

Upcoming Events

17 – 2March 2016
Annual Convention of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
New York, NY, USA

21 – 22 March 2016
Circulating Biomarkers World Congress
Boston, MA, USA

27 – 29 March 2016
Obs-Gyne Exhibition & Congress
Dubai, UAE

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

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

– 7 May 2016
7th Annual Fetal Cardiology Symposium
Scottsdale, Arizona

– 8 May 2016
Nouvelles journees d'Echographie Foetale
Paris, France

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

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

25 – 29 June 2016
The Teratology Society's New Horizons in Birth Defects Research 
San Antonio, TX, USA

26 30 June 2016
15th World Congress of the Fetal Medicine Foundation
Palma de Mallorca, 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 MD

Peter Benn In Perspective… 

Reem S Abu-Rustum, MD

Our featured guest this issue is Professor Peter Benn. Professor Benn has been a lifelong supporter and friend of ISPD. His primary areas of interest have been prenatal screening and diagnosis where he is recognized as an international expert. He is the chair of the ISPD’s Special Interest Group for Prenatal Screening and he chairs the ISPD Committee for Chromosome Abnormality Screening. Professor Benn has been the leading force behind “Prenatal Perspectives” and it is an honor to have him as our featured guest… Continue reading...

Clinical Perspectives

Jeroen Pennings, PhD

Included in this article....
On the Risk of Invasive Testing
Multiple Positive Outcomes

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Fast Facts: Zika Virus

Reem S. Abu-Rustum, MD

With this issue, we introduce to our readers the new “Prenatal Perspectives Fast Facts” which shall address new and emerging topics in prenatal diagnosis. It is by no means a comprehensive review on the subject, yet it aims at highlighting the main points and provides key references for an in depth review of the topic. We choose the Zika Virus as our first topic. We welcome our reader’s suggestions as to future content. Continue Reading...

Prenatal Perspectives Recommends: A Practical Guide to Fetal Echocardiography. Normal and Abnormal Hearts. 3rd Edition

Reem S. Abu-Rustum, MD

Fetal Echocardiography remains a most challenging yet critical skill to acquire in our quest to maximize the prenatal detection rate of congenital heart defects. To this end, there have been an increasing number of guidelines from various organizations across the globe as to what constitutes the required basic “screening” during fetal evaluation, and sonologists are constantly on the outlook for practical educational material. Continue reading...

Fetal Cardiac Haemodynamics: Next Step in Fetal Monitoring

Ismail  Bhorat, MBChB, FCOG, PhD

A number of high risk obstetric conditions in particular gestational diabetes, intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR)  and pre-eclampsia have a significant impact on the fetal heart, albeit from different pathophysiological pathways that include  metabolic acidosis, hypoxia and increased fetal cardiac afterload respectively. We set out in this thesis to investigate fetal cardiac function in the above conditions and its links to perinatal outcomes.  Continue Reading...

In Memoriam: Dagmar Kalousek
Evica Rajcan-Separovic, PhD

We are deeply saddened to share with you that our colleague Dr. Dagmar Kalousek passed away on December 9, 2015.

Dagmar was a long-standing, devoted and enthusiastic member of the CCMG. She was one of the 'greats' in the world of cytogenetics and leaves a legacy of formidable achievements at the national and international level. Not only was she exceptional in her profession but was also a kind, understanding and generous human being. 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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