Awards for Articles and Presentations

ISPD presents the following awards annually for research that has been published or presented.

  • Joe Leigh Simpson Award for Best Early Career Investigator awarded to a presenter at ISPD's international conference
  • The Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award, in connection with ISPD's official journal, Prenatal Diagnosis

Joe Leigh Simpson Award for Best Early Career Investigator

At the international conference, ISPD recognizes the work of the best early career investigator with the Joe Leigh Simpson Award. This award was previously named the ISPD Young Scientist Award, and renamed to honor Joe Leigh Simpson, the Founding President of ISPD.

2019 Recipient: Robust, cost effective extension of our non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) service for recessive and X-linked conditions using droplet digital PCR (EC-3)
Joseph Shaw, United Kingdom (left) with Louise Wilkins-Haug, ISPD President (right) in Singapore

Joe Leigh Simpson Award History

2018: Sensitivity of non-invasive prenatal testing for cancer detection and treatment monitoring in pregnant women.
Liesbeth Lenaerts, Belgium

2017: Cortical age in fetuses with heart defects using automated age-prediction software
Sheila Everwijn, Netherlands

2016: An Integrated human/murine transcriptome and pathway approach to identify prenatal treatments for Down syndrome
Faycal Guedj, PhD, United States

2015: Correction of Hemoglobin levels in a Heterozygous Humanized Mouse Model of Thalassemia after Fetal Gene Therapy
Pancios Shangaris, MBBCh, BAO, MSc, United Kingdom

2014: Are false-positive results in non-invasive prenatal RHD typing caused by placental chimerism?
Florentine F. Thurik, MD, The Netherlands

2013: Fetoscopic lasercoagulation of the entire vascular equator for treatment of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.
Femke Slaghekke, MD, The Netherlands

2012: Altered Fetal Cerebral and Cerebellar Development in Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).
Tomo Tarui, MD, United States

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The Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award

In 2007, Prenatal Diagnosis, the official journal of ISPD, established The Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award. In recognition of the Journal’s Founding Editor, an annual prize is awarded to the best original paper published in a given volume by a young investigator (40 years or younger).

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Karen L. Stals (UK)
Recipient for 2018 (Volume 38): Diagnosis of lethal or prenatal‐onset autosomal recessive disorders by parental exome sequencing.

Karen L. Stals Matthew Wakeling Júlia Baptista Richard Caswell Andrew Parrish Julia Rankin, et al.

Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Award History

2017: Germline mosaicism is a pitfall in PGD for X‐linked disorders. Single sperm typing detects very low frequency paternal gonadal mosaicism in a case of recurrent chondrodysplasia punctata misattributed to a maternal origin.
Victoria Viart, Marjolaine Willems, Aliya Ishmukhametova, Fabienne Dufernez, Tal Anahory, Samir Hamamah, Sébastien Schmitt, Mireille Claustres, Anne Girardet

2016: Connexin 43 is overexpressed in human fetal membrane defects after fetoscopic surgery
David W. Barrett, Anna L. David, Christopher Thrasivoulou, Alvaro Mata, David L. Becker, Alex C. Engels, Jan A. Deprest, Tina T. Chowdhury

2015: Exome sequencing for prenatal diagnosis of fetuses with sonographic abnormalities
Suzanne Drury, Hywel Williams, Natalie Trump, Christopher Boustred, GOSGene, Nicholas Lench, Richard H. Scott, Lyn S. Chitty

2014: Involvement of neurons and retinoic acid in lymphatic development: new insights in increased nuchal translucency
Nicole B. Burger, Kyra E. Stuurman, Evelien Kok, Tanja Konijn, Dennis Schooneman, Karen Niederreither, Mark Coles, Williamn W. Agace, Vincent M. Christoffels, Reina E. Mebius, Serge A. van de Pavert, and Mireille N. Bekker

2013:  Impact of observed versus hypothesized service utilization on the incremental cost of first trimester screening and prenatal diagnosis for trisomy 21 in a Canadian province
Amy Metcalfe, Gillian Currie, Jo-Ann Johnson, Francois Bernier, Lisa M. Lix, Andrew W. Lyon, and Suzanne C. Tough

2012:  Identification of circulating fetal cell markers by microarray analysis
Marie Brinch, Lotte Hatt, Ripudaman Singh, Kristine Møller, Steffen Sommer, Niels Uldbjerg, Britta Christensen, and Steen Kolvraa

2011:  Integrative data mining to identify novel candidate serum biomarkers for pre-eclampsia screening
Jeroen L. A. Pennings, Sylwia Kuc, Wendy Rodenburg, Maria P. H. Koster, Peter C. J. I. Schielen, and Annemieke de Vries

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