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.

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Preconference Courses | Sunday, 7 July 2024

Sunday  |  7 July 2024  |  8:00 am–12:00 pm

Course 1  |  Fetal Therapy Theoretical  |  Course Description

Course 2  |  Updates in Fetal Cardiology  |  Course Description

Course 3  |  Sequencing  |  Course Description

Break; Lunch on your own: 12:00-2:00 pm

Sunday  |  7 July 2024  |  2:00 pm–6:00 pm

Course 4  |  Fetal Therapy Hands on Workshop | Course Description

Course 5  |  First Trimester Imaging  |  Course Description

Course 6  |  Current and Future Directions of NIPT  |  Course Description

Course 7  |  Advancements in Carrier Screening: Novel Concepts and Updates  |  Course Description

Early Career Reception and Scholarship Recipient Gathering | Sunday, 7 July 2024 | 7:00-8:00 PM

Dine-Around with Colleagues | Sunday, 7 July 2024 | 7:45-9:00 PM

Informal dining groups at various Boston restaurants — Network with experts and colleagues. For Trainees, the cost of dinner is covered by ISPD. For other registration types, the cost is $70 USD. Sign-up when registering for the conference. A selection of restaurants will be provided to dine-around registrants at a later date.

Conference | Monday - Wednesday, 8-10 July 2024

Monday |8 July 2024

8:00 am
Special Interest Group Educational Breakfasts 
  • Fetal Therapy SIG
    • Speakers TBA
  • Technologies in Reproductive Screening
    • Speaker TBA
9:00 am
Transition Break

9:15 am
Opening Plenary Session 
  • Mahesh Choolani. President's Address.
  • Ambroise Wonkam. Global Maternal/Fetal Genetics

10:00 am
Plenary Session: Current Hottest Topics
  • Jessica Giordano. PrenatalSEQ (how diagnosis changed the management).
  • Lyn Chitty. National implementation of rapid fetal sequencing in a public health setting: Benefits and challenges.
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (10 minute presentations)

11:15 am
Beverage Break with Posters & Exhibitors

12:00 pm
Lightning Communications Session 1 
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (5 minute presentations)

12:45 pm
Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:15  pm
Industry Lunch Symposium
2:15 pm 
Transition Break

2:30 pm
Plenary Session: Fetal Therapy 
  • Akos Herzeg. Broader applications in utero therapy.
  • Darren Orbach. Vein of Galen: from genomics to treatment.

3:30 pm
Attended Poster Session

4:30 pm 
Transition Break

4:45 pm
Debate 1: All fetuses undergoing fetal therapy should have exome sequencing.
  • For: Teresa Sparks
  • Against: Rogelio Cruz-Martinez
  • Moderator: Tim Van Mieghem
5:45-7:15 pm
Welcome Reception


Tuesday | 9 July 2024 

8:00 am
Special Interest Group Educational Session
  • Imaging and Fetal Phenotyping SIG
    • Speakers TBA
  • Genetic Counseling, Ethics, and Patient Education SIG
    • Speakers TBA

9:00 am
Transition Break

9:15 am
Plenary Session: Advancing Access to Fetal/Maternal Genomics
  • Shabnan Peyvandi. Merging imaging, clinical, and genomic data though deep learning to predict outcomes.
  • Aimé Lumaka. Challenges to implementing equitable genomic medicine.

10:15 am
Attended Poster Session  

11:15 am
Lightning Communications Session 2
  • Oral Abstract Presentations (5 minute presentations)

12:00 pm
ISPD Pioneer in Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy Award
    • Recipient TBA

    12:30 pm
    Transition Break

    1:00 pm

    Industry Lunch Symposium - Topic TBA

    2:00 pm
    Transition Break

    2:15 pm
    Plenary Session: Predicting Adverse Fetal Outcomes
    • Ken Moise. Advances in Isoimmunization to Improve Outcome.
    • Michael Talkowski. Intolerant gene variants and stillbirth.
    • Igna Van den Veyver. Topic TBA

    3:15 pm
    Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Award Prenatal Diagnosis Update, ISPD General Business Meeting
    • Award winner TBA
    • Dame Lyn Chitty. Prenatal Diagnosis Journal Update.
    • Mahesh Choolani, Lee Shulman. ISPD General Business Meeting.

    4:00 pm
    Transition Break
    4:15 pm
    Debate 2: Conventional postmortem remains the gold standard examination for the anatomical examination of fetal loss 
    • For: Lori Potocki 
    • Against: Ciaran Hutchinson
    • Moderator: Inga Van den Veyver

    Wednesday |10 July 2024

    9:15 am
    Plenary Session: Beyond DNA Sequencing 
    • Sadikovic Bekim. Epigenetics signature.
    • Brynn Levy. Optical Gene Mapping: A new option in prenatal diagnosis
    10:15 am
    Plenary Session: Late Breaking Abstracts
    • Late Breaking Abstract Presentations (10 minute presentations)

    10:45 am

    Beverage Break with Exhibitors

    11:15 am
    Plenary Session: Artificial Intelligence
    • Mahesh Choolani. AI to advance fetal care.
    • Zhandong Liu. AI Interpretation of Genetic Variance.

    12:15 pm
    Networking Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

    2:00 pm
    Plenary Session: Best Early Career Investigator Presentations and Joe Leigh Simpson Award
    • Oral Abstract Presentations (3 minute presentations)
      Award winner TBA

    2:45 pm
    Debate 3: Cytogenetics is a dinosaur and should be replaced by molecular technologies
    • For: Michael Talkowski
    • Against: Yassmine Akkari
    • Moderator: Amy Breman

    3:45 pm
    Beverage Break

    4:00 pm

    Laird Jackson Innovation Plenary
    • Dennis Lo. What to think about going forward (future of cell free for maternal management).
    • Wendy Chung. Bringing genome directed therapies to the prenatal space.
    • Closing Remarks