Genetic Counselors Day

ISPD Celebrates Genetic Counselor Awareness Day

Across the globe, more than 5000 genetic counselors assist and support patients. Genetic counselors have advanced training in both medical genetic science and in counseling. Genetic counselors work in a variety of sub-specialties such as cardiac, neurology, pediatric, and prenatal genetics. Many counselors work across many specialties on a daily basis. Some counselors work directly in a clinical setting with patients, and others work in education, public health, and laboratories. Approximately 25% of genetic counselors are dedicated to prenatal genetics. Regardless of our training, specialty, or job setting, genetic counselors are patient advocates.

The International Society of Prenatal Diagnosis has a genetic counseling Special Interest Group.  Approximately 140 prenatal genetic counselors attended our annual conference this year in San Diego, California. Counselors played an integral role in the success of the conference, where they represented 5 continents and 14 countries including Australia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tunisia, Korea, Albania, China, and the Netherlands.  They taught preconference courses, gave oral presentations, presented posters, moderated sessions, and took part in the lively discussions. ISPD’s board of directors and members appreciate the integral role that counselors play in our society and more importantly understand the significant role that counselors play on a daily basis in the lives of patients.

If you have any questions regarding our genetic counseling SIG, or genetic counseling in general please contact Judy Jackson, CGC, LGC at

 One Chapter Closes and Another Opens

One Chapter Closes and Another Opens

Elliott GrahamElliott Graham, who has served as Executive Director of ISPD for the last 11 years, is retiring on 1 September 2017. With Elliott’s leadership and the support of the Headquarters staff, ISPD has grown to over 300 members, expanded benefits to members, and gone from holding conferences every two years to holding them annually. Elliott plans to enjoy some well-deserved time with her daughters and grandchildren.

Thank you from the BoardMembers of the Board of Directors, both past and present, created a book of photos and well wishes to thank Elliott for all that she has done for the society. ISPD President, Igna Van den Veyver, added, “We will all miss Elliott, and I hope you will join me in wishing her the very best with her retirement. We are fortunate that she has assured a smooth executive leadership transition, and I am happy to announce and welcome the new ISPD Executive Director, Alison Cockrell.”

Alison CockrellAlison Cockrell has served for several years as ISPD’s Program Director, with involvement in all aspects of conference planning and other programs that benefit ISPD members. She has worked closely with the Board of Directors and other leaders in the society, and is well prepared to step into this new role. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating Alison as the next ISPD Executive Director!

 Congratulations to Diana Bianchi

NIH names Dr. Diana Bianchi director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Former ISPD President, Diana Bianchi, MD was appointed the Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH.  
As NICHD director, Dr. Bianchi will oversee research on pediatric health and development, maternal health, medical rehabilitation, population dynamics, reproductive health, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more...

 2016 Election Results

2016 ISPD Election Results


Ignatia B. Van den Veyver, MD
Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children's Hospital, USA

Louise E. Wilkins-Haug
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA

Sylvie Langlois
University of British Columbia, Canada

Antoni Borrell
Hospital Clinic Barcelona / University of Barcelona, Spain

Past President
Lucas Otaño, MD, PhD
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina


Rossa Wai Kwun Chiu
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Roland Devlieger
University of Leuven, Belgium

Francesca Romana Grati
Toma Advanced Biomedical Assays S.p.A., Italy

Monique C. Haak
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Sebastian Illanes
Universidad de los Andes, Chile

R. Douglas Wilson
University of Calgary / Foothills Medical Center, Canada

 ISPD Launches New Website

ISPD Launches New Website

ISPD is excited to provide a new and improved website to its members and constituents! We hope this fresh look will also offer better access to ISPD programs and publications. Please explore and email with any comments or questions.

Global Updates Newsletter

The ISPD e-newsletter, Global Updates, features the latest developments in the field, Special Interest Group news, ISPD headlines and more! The newsletter is currently complimentary for prenatal diagnosis and therapy professionals. Learn More

ISPD Employment and Fellowship Advertising

Market your employment and fellowship opportunities or services with a classified ad on the new ISPD website and in the quarterly newsletter, Prenatal Perspectives. Se our Advertising Media Kit for details.