ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD 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.

Issue 3, 2021

includes complimentary access to the Prenatal Diagnosis journal, membership in Special Interest Groups, access to ISPD Connect, discounted conference registration rates, exclusive access to online content and more!

Update from the Board of Directors

Lyn Chitty, PhD, MRCOG


I hope that this letter finds you healthy and safe. ISPD had a busy few months with our first-ever virtual conference, which was held in early June attracting 533 attendees from 43 countries. The five countries with the greatest attendance were the U.S., Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Australia. As you can see, this was a truly global meeting, and we thank all who participated to make it a successful event. We felt that running it in two time zones made it a truly global conference, allowing many to attend who might have not been able to otherwise.


Ethics and Prenatal Screening: A Round-Up of Recent Developments

Megan Allyse and Marsha Michie, Chairs


The Ethics and Prenatal Screening SIG has compiled this summary of some recent publications related to ethics in prenatal screening. With NIP screening updates from Australia, Belgium, Japan, and the United States, this round-up features links to source documents and shares a variety of global perspectives in prenatal screening.



Collaboration Corner


A study on X-linked Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia led by Holm Schneider, MD, is the latest posting in the ISPD Collaboration Corner for which patients are sought. Check out all of the studies listed there, and submit your study as well.


Visit the Collaboration Corner
List your study for free!

Open Access Conference Presentations

Select presentations from the 2021 ISPD virtual conference are available for viewing. The two presentations below were delivered on 8 June 2021. Following the pre-recorded talks, the presenters joined a live Q&A and discussion moderated by ISPD President, Lyn Chitty.


TOTAL Trial Results

Jan Deprest, MD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium


A FETO Critics Perspective on the TOTAL Trials

Alan Flake, MD

Ruth M. and Tristram C. Colket, Jr. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA


Machine Learning to interpret fetal phenotyping and sequencing data: Lessons learned from newborns

Stephen Kingsmore, MD, DSc

President and CEO

Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, USA


ISPD 2022


Connect with Your ISPD Colleagues

Explore the ISPD Connect User Guide

, our member community platform, is where ISPD members can further their career development by discussing current prenatal topics, sharing insights and resources, and forging new connections with peers and mentors.


The Trainee community is now available for ISPD Trainee Members to engage on topics of particular interest to students and early-career professionals! Trainee members are automatically enrolled in this community. Other members may join and serve as mentors by answering questions and sharing knowledge they have gained through experience.


Special Interest communities and a few general topic communities will be made available soon for all interested ISPD members to join.


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Volume 41 | Issue 6 | May 2021


Volume 41 | Issue 7 | June 2021


Special Section on Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome


Volume 41 | Issue 8 | July 2021


Special Topic Issue on Spina Bifida



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


ISPD Global Updates Editors
Lynn Bush (USA)
Lisa Hui (Australia)

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (USA)

Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)



Past eNewsletters

Past issues of Global Updates are available on our Page.

Also available on that page are issues of our previous eNewsletter, Prenatal Perspectives.


***Call for Editors***

Would you like to contribute to ISPD through the publication of Global Updates? We are seeking additional editors to review and solicit content in partnership with SIG leaders and ISPD Headquarters. Contact Erin Irtenkauf at for details.


ISPD Board of Directors


Lyn S. Chitty, President (UK)

Mahesh A. Choolani, President-Elect
. (Singapore)

Rossa Chiu, Secretary (Hong Kong)

Lee Shulman, Treasurer (USA)

Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, Past President (USA)




April Adams (USA)

Lisa Hui (Australia)

Maria L. Igarzabal (Argentina)

Brynn Levy (USA)

Mark Pertile (Australia)

Tim Van Mieghem (Canada)

Neeta L. Vora (USA)

Have a question or comment for the Board? Please contact us via . Your message will be routed to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.


ISPD joins other professional societies and healthcare organizations in condemning prejudice, discrimination, and racial injustice. We are committed to promoting diversity among our members consistent with our vision that evidence-based practice and culturally sensitive preconception and prenatal screening, diagnostics, and therapy are available to all families.



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