Preconference Courses

Course details are subject to change.

All times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT / UTC-4).

Each course includes a networking and beverage break.

Sunday, 7 July 2024


8:00 – 12:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)

Course 1  |  Fetal Therapy Theoretical 
Co-sponsored by NAFTNet

Chairs: Tim Van Mieghem and Alireza Shamshirsaz
  1. Management of complex monochorionic pregnancies with TTTS and TAPS.
  2. Management of monochorionic pregnancies with selective fetal growth restriction (sFGR).
  3. Management of vasa previa and role of fetoscopic laser photocoagulation.
  4. Fetal Fetal therapy: Basic overview on genomic treatment.
  5. Updates on fetal treatment for congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
  6. Q&A/Panel Discussion
Course 2  |  Cardiac Diagnosis and Therapy
Chairs: Lindsay Freud and Lynn Simpson
  1. Where are we with prenatal cardiac screening in 2024?
  2. Update on genetics of congenital heart disease and prenatal testing.
  3. Microdeletions in congenital heart disease.
  4. Single gene disorders, including RASopathies, in congenital heart disease.
  5. Fetal cardiac intervention: What have we learned and what's next?
  6. The impact of fetal heart anomalies on the developing brain.
  7. Q&A and article discussion.
Course 3  |  Sequencing
Chairs: Natalie Chandler and Teresa Sparks
  1. When are exome or genome sequencing more likely than cytogenetic studies to identify a fetal diagnosis?
  2. Unexpected findings on exome or genome sequencing: incidental diagnosis or phenotype expansion? Teresa Sparks
  3. What should patients understand about prenatal sequencing and how should counseling be approached?
  4. Exome vs genome sequencing: advantages, disadvantages, and bioinformatic pipelines. Natalie Chandler
  5. New technologies to increase the diagnostic yield of genome sequencing.
  6. Case Presentations

12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT (UTC-4) — BREAK, Lunch on your own 


2:00 – 6:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)

Course 4  |  Hands On Fetal Therapy Workshop  |  Takes Place Offsite
Co-sponsored by NAFTNet

Chairs: Tim Van Mieghem and Alireza Shamshirsaz
  1. Introduction
  2. Simulation stations — each participant may choose 3:
    • Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation in anterior and posterior placenta
    • Ultrasound guided shunt placement (vesico-amniotic and pleuro-amniotic)
    • Fetoscopic endotracheal balloon occlusion (FETO)
    • Fetoscopic neural tube defect repair
  3. Discussion/Q&A with Instructors
Course 5  |  First Trimester Imaging

Co-sponsored by ISUOG

Chairs: Stephanie Dukhovny and Reem Abu-Rustum

  1. First trimester cardiac anatomy and diagnosis of anomalies  
  2. What is the evolving role of the NT measurement?
  3. What is the target population for first trimester anatomy assessments?
  4. Anatomic features unique to the first trimester  
  5. First trimester phenotypes of genetic diseases  
  6. Q&A/discussion/panel
Talk titles may change; speakers to be announced.
Course 6  |  NIPT

Chairs: Brynn Levy and Louise Wilkins-Haug

  1. The landscape of NIPT Offerings
  2. NIPT for carrier screening and bespoke single gene assessment
  3. Counseling Nuances in NIPT: Automomal & Sex chromosome differences
  4. Whole genome assessment for SNVs
  5. NIPT and Cancer, what is the real life risk?
  6. Panel Discussion: What NIPT tests should be offered and who decides
Course 7  |  Carrier Screening
Chairs: James Goldberg and Britton Rink
  1. Implementation of a National Carrier Screening Program
  2. How big is too big?  Discussion of carrier screening panel size. Teresa Sparks
  3. Barriers to Carrier Screening Pre and Post Conception
  4. Embryo/fetus screening by sequencing
  5. Personal Health Implications Identified by Carrier Screening 
  6. Panel Discussion/Q&A