Preliminary Program

This program is preliminary and subject to change. Presentation and debate topics of our invited speakers are included below.
A comprehensive online program and mobile app will be launched after abstract selection is complete. If you are not on our e-mail list, but would like to receive updates on the conference, please Create An Account on the main ISPD site. Membership is optional.

Preconference Courses | Sunday, 8 July 2018

* In collaboration with the Dutch Professional Association of Sonographers for Obstetrics and Gynecology (BEN) whose members receive member rates for this course.

** In collaboration with the Flemish Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (VVOG) whose members receive member rates for this course.

BEN and VVOG members who wish to receive these member rates, please contact for the coupon code to use during the online registration process.


19:30–22:00 | Dine Around

Network with colleagues on Sunday evening through a "dine around" featuring local restaurants. Conference attendees who are just arriving on Sunday are welcome to participate. View the restaurants and sign up !


Conference | Monday - Wednesday, 9–11 July 2018

Monday | 9 July 2018

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Address

Plenary Session
  • Kypros Nicolaides. Past and future of prenatal diagnosis.
  • Glenn Cohen. Gene editing.
  • Top Abstracts. Moderator: Igna Van den Veyver.

Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

Oral Poster Presentations

Attended Poster Session 1

Exhibitor Showcase | Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc.

Lunch with Posters and Exhibitors
Special Interest Group Lunch Meetings
  • Imaging in Pregnancy
  • Laboratory Techniques

Concurrent Session 1 | Fetal Therapy
  • Luc de Catte. How to identify the fetus in need for fetal therapy.
  • Tim Van Mieghem. Topic TBA.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)
Concurrent Session 2 | The Downstream Impact of Genetic Testing on Obstetric Practice
  • Dagan Wells. Impact of PGS.
  • Alexandra Benachi. Impact of NIPT.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)

Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

Debate 1 | MRI should be performed on all fetuses with mild ventriculomegaly (11-13mm).
      For: Daniela Prayer
      Against: Dario Paladini
      Moderator: Jan Deprest

Welcome Reception

Tuesday | 10 July 2018

ISPD Federation Meeting

Debate 2 | NIPT results suggesting maternal cancer should always be disclosed.
      For: Sharon Plon
      Against: Peter Benn
      Moderator: Diana Bianchi

Plenary Session
  • Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Award
  • Prenatal Diagnosis Journal Report

Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

Concurrent Session 3 | Prenatal Counseling
  • Jane Fisher. Educating professionals on delivering NIPT to meet patient needs.
  • Judith Jackson. Prenatal decision-making aids.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)
Concurrent Session 4 | The expanding scope of non-invasive prenatal testing
  • Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot. Alternative approaches towards NIPT: Cervical cells.
  • Rossa Chui. Haplotyping.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)

Attended Poster Session 2

Lunch with Posters & Exhibitors
Special Interest Group Lunch Meetings
  • Fetal Therapy
  • Genetic Counseling

Plenary Session
  • Finalists for Joe Leigh Simpson Best Early Career Investigator Award
  • Panel Discussion — Do you agree with the experts? (Panelists TBA)

Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

Plenary Session
  • Wilfried Verachtert. Big data and A.I.
  • Late Breaking Abstracts

ISPD Business Meeting

Wednesday | 11 July 2018

Debate 3 | Gene editing should replace embryo selection following PGD.
      For: Dagan Wells
      Against: Joris Vermeesch
      Moderator: Joe Leigh Simpson

Plenary Session
  • ISPD Pioneer in Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy Award and Plenary Address

Beverage Break with Exhibitors

Concurrent Session 5 | Novel approaches to understanding adverse fetal outcomes
  • Lisa Hui. Early prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes.
  • Alexander Heazell. Novel approaches to investigation of fetal death: Still Birth Alliance.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)
Concurrent Session 6 | Implementation of exome/genome sequencing into prenatal care
  • Ron Wapner. Exome/genome sequencing.
  • Damien Sanlaville. Value/modes of datasharing.
  • Abstract Presentations (TBA)

Lunch with Exhibitors
Special Interest Group Lunch Meetings
  • Reproductive Screening
  • Ethics of Reproductive Testing and Fetal Therapy

Closing Plenary
  • Dian Donnai. Intellectual disabilities and understanding genetic risk.
  • Paolo De Coppi. Bioengineering and stem cell therapy.
  • Closing Remarks