Preliminary Program

This program is preliminary and subject to change. Presentation and debate topics of our invited speakers are included below.
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Preconference Courses and Workshops | Saturday–Sunday, 7–8 September 2019

Saturday | 7 September | 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Workshop 1 | Basic Obstetric Ultrasound and Hands-on Workshop

Course 1| Primer on Genetic Screening and Testing in Obstetric Care

Sunday | 8 September | 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Course 2| NIP-everything

Course 3| Prenatal to Postnatal Renal and Genitourinary Anomalies – genetics, management and outcomes 

Workshop 2| Intrauterine Fetal Surgery with Hands-on Workshop 

Course 4| Imaging in Pregnancy

Conference | Sunday - Wednesday, 8–11 September 2019

Sunday| 8 September 2019

2:00 pm
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Address

2:15 pm
Plenary Session
Rick Finnell 

3:00 pm
ISPD Pioneer Award Presentation and Lecture 

3:30 pm

Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

4:00 pm
Top Oral Abstract Presentations (12 minute presentations)

5:00 pm
Debate 1 | NIPT: The benefits of screening for Rare Autosomal Trisomies (RAT) outweigh the harms
For: Mark Pertile
Against: Francesca Grati 
Moderator: Brynn Levy 

6:00–7:00 pm
Welcome Reception 
7:30 pm
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.

Monday | 9 September 2019

7:30 am
SIG Educational Breakfasts 

9:00 am
Plenary Session: Current Hottest Topics
  • Jim Goldberg
  • Rossa Chiu
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (12 minute presentations)

11:00 am
Attended Poster Session 1 with beverages

12:00  pm
Industry Learning Lunch sponsored by Integrated Genetics

1:30 pm
Plenary Session: Intrauterine Fetal Therapy
  • Speakers and topics TBD.

3:00 pm
Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

3:30 pm
Lightning Communications
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (3 minute presentations)

4:30 pm
Industry Symposium sponsored by Roche


Tuesday | 10 September 2019 

7:30 am
Special Interest Group Education Breakfasts

9:00 am
Debate 2 | The 59 genes ACMG recommend reporting as secondary findings when sequencing postnatally should be reported when detected on fetal (and parental) sequencing.
      For: Igna Van den Veyver 
      Against: David Amor 
      Moderator: Lyn Chitty

10:00 am
Plenary Session
  • Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Award
  • Prenatal Diagnosis Journal Report

10:30 am
Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

11:00 am
Lightning Communications
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (3 minute presentations)

12:00 pm
ISPD Business Meeting 

12:30 pm
Lunch with Posters & Exhibitors

2:00 pm
Attended Poster Session 2 with beverages

3:00 pm

Concurrent Session 1| Imaging
  • Ritsuko Pooh. topic: CNS imaging of the brain.
  • Monique Haak. topic: Fetal neurodevelopment in CDH fetuses.
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (12 minute presentations)
Concurrent Session 2| Genetics
  • Brynn Levy. topic: Micro arrays  
  • Neeta Vora. topic: fetal anomolies and exomes 
  • Dean Nizetic. topic: understanding the genetics of down syndrome 
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (12 minute presentations)

4:30 pm
Industry Symposium sponsored by PerkinElmer

Wednesday | 11 September 2019 

8:00 am
Global Outreach Breakfast  

9:00 am
Concurrent Session 3 | Ethics/Counseling
  • Jane Fisher. topic: Counseling patients on Incidental findings and sequencing.
  • Dong Dong. Prenatal genetic testing in Asia: An ethical tug-of-war.
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (12 minute presentations)
Concurrent Session 4 | New Technologies
  • Art Beaudet. Single Fetal Cell (SFC) testing as a new form of prenatal diagnosis.
  • Speaker and topic TBD.
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (12 minute presentations)

10:30 am

Beverage Break with Exhibitors

11:00 am

Plenary Session
  • Finalists for Joe Leigh Simpson Best Early Career Investigator Award

11:45 am

Debate 3 | We should routinely screen all pregnant women in the first trimester for early onset pre-eclampsia.
      For: Liona Poon
      Against: Jon Hyett

12:45 pm
Closing Plenary
  • Danielle Prayer. topic: MRI and prenatal diagnosis- where are we going in next ten years?
  • Closing Remarks