Program

This program is subject to change. Presentation topics and invited speakers will be updated below as plans develop. A comprehensive program will be published in the weeks leading up to the conference.

Course and Conference Dates
Sunday, 19 June 2022:  Preconference Course
Monday-Wednesday, 20-22 June 2022:  Conference Sessions & Events
Thursday, 23 June 2022:  Postconference Courses

Please see below for program details.

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Preconference Course  |  Sunday, 19 June 2022  |  In person only

Full Day Workshop  |  9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Course 1  |  Fetal Therapy Simulation
Cosponsored by University of Toronto and University of Montréal
This course will take place at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital in Montréal; transportation will be provided from the DoubleTree.
Chairs: Francois Audibert, Tim Van Mieghem
Instructors: Elisabeth Codsi, Anthony Johnson, Greg Ryan, Alireza Shamshirsaz, Sandrine Wavrant
Beverage Breaks:  10:45-11:15 AM;  3:45-4:15 PM
Lunch:  1:00-2:00 PM
Limit: 24 Participants
See Course Outline

Equipment Supporters: Boston Scientific, GE, KARL STORZ

 
 

Conference  |  Monday–Wednesday, 20–22 June 2022  |  In person and virtual

Register to attend one, two, or three days virtually or in person.

Monday | 20 June 2022

9:00 AM
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Address

9:15 AM
Opening Plenary
Simon Waddington — Where are we with in utero gene therapy?

9:45 AM
Plenary: Current Hottest Topics
Tippi MacKenzie — In-utero enzyme replacement
Richard Choy — Is it time for exomes to replace arrays?
Brigitte Faas — Early detection of active primary and nonprimary Human CytomegaloVirus (HCMV) infection in pregnant women: Large-scale first trimester screening using data generated with whole-genome NIPT
Lindsay Freud — Prenatal diagnosis of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome improves perinatal and infant outcomes
Ha Tran — Impaired global and regional brain growth in patients with isolated fetal ventriculomegaly

11:00 AM
Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

11:30 AM
Lightning Communications (top posters)

12:15 PM
Industry Learning Lunch
Hosted by Bio-Rad
Innovation will enable better maternal and fetal care: future perspectives

1:45 PM
Fetal Therapy Session
Wayne Tworetzky — In utero cardiac therapy
Luc Joyeux — Fetoscopic repair of gastroschisis: What's holding us back?
Augusto Zani — New frontiers for management of pulmonary hypoplasia

2:45 PM
Best Early Career Investigators and Joe Leigh Simpson Award
The award will be presented to one of the following three candidates:
Eyal Krispin — Intrauterine open neural tube defect repair – Comparing systematic classification of maternal and fetal complication between the open and fetoscopic approach
Rhiannon Mellis — Implementing a national rapid fetal exome service in a public health service
Asha Talati — Use of reproductive genetic services varies by rural or urban county of residence/The association between ethnicity and access to reproductive genetic services

3:30 PM
Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

4:00 PM
Debate 1 | There should be formal accreditation and ongoing quality assurance/ review for units offering fetal therapy that includes public reporting of outcomes.
     For:  Julie Moldenhauer
     Against:  Anthony Johnson
     Moderator:  Tim Van Mieghem

5:00 PM
Industry Symposium
Hosted by Roche
Expanded Screening with NIPT: Is More Better?

6:00–7:00 PM
Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
  
7:00-8:00 PM
Early Career Reception

 

Tuesday | 21 June 2022

8:00 AM
Special Interest Group Educational Breakfasts 
      — Genetic Counseling, Ethics, and Patient Education
      — Imaging and Fetal Phenotyping

9:30 AM
Outreach Session: Barriers to providing prenatal screening
Nanette Okun — Overview: What are the issues? Genetic literacy, Geographic constraints
Vence Bonham Jr. — Maximizing the Usability of Genomics in Prenatal Care for All
Naana Jumah & Lisa Bishop - Improving cultural safety and geographical access as a path to timely high quality early prenatal care
Panel Discussion

10:45 AM
Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

11:15 AM
Lightning Communications (top posters)

12:00  PM
Industry Learning Lunch
Hosted by Illumina
Panel: Integrating expanded cfDNA screening into clinical care pathways

1:30 PM
Carrier Screening Session
James Goldberg — What conditions to screen for
Alireza Haghighi — Do we need geographic specificity for carrier screening panels?
Britton Rink — Expanded carrier screening: approaches to informed consent

2:30 PM
Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award
Prenatal Diagnosis Journal Update

3:00 PM
Pioneer Award Presentation and Lecture
Dennis Lo, DM, DPhil, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
— Non-invasive prenatal testing: From dream to reality

3:30 PM
Beverage Break with Posters and Exhibitors

4:00 PM
Debate 2 | When offering a first trimester ultrasound at 11-13 weeks, a detailed review of fetal anatomy should be included.
     For:  Jo-Ann Johnson
     Against:  Mary Norton
     Moderator:  Lisa Hui

5:00  PM
Industry Symposium
Hosted by PerkinElmer
Cost implications on offering NIPT to average risk women and Implementation and cost implications of pre-eclampsia screening

 

Wednesday | 22 June 2022

8:00 AM
Special Interest Group Educational Breakfasts
     — Fetal Therapy
     — Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis

9:30 AM
Maternal Outcomes Session
Jon Hyett — Preeclampsia screening, preventing adverse outcomes 
Graeme Smith — Lifelong consequences of preeclampsia
Thomas F. McElrath — RNA signature

10:45 AM
Beverage Break with Exhibitors

11:15 AM
NIPT/NIPD Session
Erik Sistermans — NIPT for everybody or contingent screening
Lyn Chitty — NIPD for monogenic disorders: Delivering a national service

12:15 PM
Industry Learning Lunch
Hosted by Natera
Beyond aneuploidy: Clinical impact of NIPT for subchromosomal and single-gene disorders.

1:45 PM
Debate 3 | Fetal genome sequencing should only be offered in the presence of structural anomalies.
     For:  Sandi Deans
     Against:  Yuval Yaron
     Moderator:  Igna Van den Veyver

2:45 PM
Laird Jackson Innovation Plenary
Aris Papageorghiou — AI in Imaging, Where is fetal imaging going?
Closing Remarks

 

Postconference Courses  |  Thursday, 23 June 2022  |  In person and virtual

Half Day Courses | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Course 2  |  First Trimester Screening: What should we be doing?
Chairs: Jo-Ann Johnson, Lisa Hui
Instructors: Lisa Hui, Jo-Ann Johnson, Simon Meagher, Nanette Okun, Tim Van Mieghem 
See Course Description & Outline

Course 3  |  Exome Sequencing
Chairs: Natalie Chandler, Sandi Deans
Instructors: Natalie Chandler, Richard Choy, Sandi Deans, Igna Van den Veyver, TBA 
See Course Description & Outline

 

Beverage Breaks:  9:45-10:15 AM;  2:45-3:15 PM
Lunch:  12:00-1:00 PM

 

Half Day Courses | 1:00–5:00 PM

Course 4  |  Complex Twin Pregnancy
Cosponsored by NAFTNet
Chairs: Alireza Shamshirsaz, Tim Van Mieghem
Instructors: Mahesh Choolani, Jena Miller, Bettina Paek, Alireza Shamshirsaz, Tim Van Mieghem
See Course Description & Outline

Course 5  |  Non Invasive Prenatal Testing: The hot topics in 2022
Chairs: Francesca Romana Grati, Sylvie Langlois
Instructors: Caterina Bilardo, Francesca Romana Grati, Sylvie Langlois, Brynn Levy, Vardit Ravitsky, Igna Van den Veyver
See Course Description & Outline