Abstract Submission Deadline: 12 February 2018

Conference sessions will be held Monday–Wednesday, 9–11 July 2018. See the Preliminary Program.

Please submit an abstract. You may choose to be considered for an oral presentation, poster presentation or both presentation formats. Encouraged topics are listed at the bottom of this page. Please read the submission instructions thoroughly before submitting your abstract. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are on the second page of the instructions.

During the submission process, you will have the opportunity to list all authors and indicate which author will make the presentation. The presenter is required to register for the conference, at least for the day of his/her presentation. Presenters should make every effort to attend; if that becomes impossible, please contact us at info@ispdhome.org to arrange a presenter substitution.

Abstract Types

Authors may choose to be considered for one or both of the following presentation types.

Oral Presentation
  • Podium presentation in a concurrent session*
  • Wide-screen slide format (16:9)
  • Peer reviewers will select the top oral abstracts for presentation in a special plenary session.*
  • Abstracts by early career investigators will be considered for the Joe Leigh Simpson Award.

Poster Presentation
  • Maximum 90 cm wide x 240 cm high (35 in. wide x 94 in. high)
  • Attended poster session on either Monday, 9 July 2018, or Tuesday, 10 July 2018*
  • Poster submissions with the highest peer review scores may be invited to give a brief oral presentation during a plenary session on Monday, 9 July 2018. Each presenter will have 2 minutes to speak and 2 minutes for Q&A. You will also be expected to present your paper poster during the scheduled poster session.

* Presenters must register for the conference, at least for the day of their assigned session. Presenters who are unable to attend on their assigned day may have a co-author present in their place and must contact ISPD Headquarters to make this substitution.
The following topics are encouraged:
  • Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics
  • Epigenetics and development
  • Fetal and placental development and pathology
  • Fetal imaging: Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Fetal medical and surgical therapy
  • Global issues in prenatal diagnosis and screening
  • Maternal serum/NT screening for aneuploidy
  • Noninvasive prenatal diagnosis and screening
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and screening
  • Prenatal diagnosis of single gene disorders / inborn errors of metabolism
  • Prenatal diagnostic procedures
  • Prenatal genetic counseling
  • Prenatal prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes (e.g pre-eclampisa / preterm labour / growth restriction and stillbirth)
  • Psychosocial, legal and ethical issues in prenatal screening and diagnosis
  • Reproductive genomics, metabolomics and proteomics
  • Screening for single gene disorders
  • Teratogens and Fetal infection
  • Twins
  • Other
Published abstracts from previous years are available through the Downloads page.