ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD monthly e-newsletter, Global Updates, is distributed to ISPD members and affiliates. Through the ISPD Federation network, the newsletter also is disseminated to members of national societies in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

September/October 2017 Issue

Issue 6, 2017

Letter from President, Igna Van den Veyver, MD

Dear colleagues and friends of ISPD,

Your Society is excited to bring you the latest issue of Global Updates. I hope you will enjoy reading about our education fund, an update from the Reproductive Screening Special Interest Group, and the news about our 22nd International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in July 2018 in the city of Antwerp in Belgium.  The Program Committee is hard at work to bring you innovative and educational content, and the venue and city are beautiful and will be well worth the travel. I hope you will mark your calendars now and watch your e-mail or favorite social media for regular updated information and plan to join us next summer. In the coming months, we will be sending updates about the planned preconference courses, invited speakers, other events, and networking opportunities. We also encourage you to begin thinking about abstracts you will submit. The contributions from submitted abstracts are always what makes the conference the most exciting. 

Best wishes,


ISPD Education Fund

ISPD is extremely excited to announce that it will be launching the ISPD Education Fund at the end of the year to support online education efforts in the fields of prenatal diagnosis and therapy. The ISPD Education Fund will allow ISPD to create and provide online educational content for a wide professional audience, including junior and low-and-middle-income country researchers and clinicians. It is the intent and ultimate goal to create a sustainable model for regularly updated and high-quality online educational content over the long term. We will be soliciting funding from both corporate entities and individuals and hope you will consider contributing to the fund as a part of your end-of-year giving. Stay tuned for further details!


Reproductive Screening SIG Update

Liona Poon, Reproductive Screening SIG Co-Chair

This year we have seen the publication of one of the most important studies in relation to screening and prevention of preeclampsia. 
Preeclampsia is an important cause of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. There is extensive evidence that the risk of adverse outcome in relation to preeclampsia is much higher when the disease is severe and of early onset requiring delivery before 37 weeks’ gestation (preterm preeclampsia), than at term. A major challenge in modern obstetrics is early identification of pregnancies at high-risk of preeclampsia and undertaking the necessary measures to improve placentation and reduce the prevalence of the disease.


The Reproductive Screening SIG (formerly the Prenatal Screening SIG) fosters and encourages the provision of clinically useful and scientifically valid prenatal screening. Please visit our website!



Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Prenatal Diagnosis 37-7September 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Liao, H., Liu, S., and Wang, H. Performance of non-invasive prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidy in twin pregnancies: a meta-analysis. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017; 37: 874–882. doi:10.1002/pd.5118

Read the September Editor's Choice article →

September 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents



Prenatal Diagnosis 37-10October 2017 Editor's Choice Article:

Tyraskis, A., Bakalis, S., David, A. L., Eaton, S., and De Coppi, P. A systematic review and meta-analysis on fetal ovarian cysts: impact of size, appearance and prenatal aspiration. Prenatal Diagnosis. 2017; 37: 951–958. doi: 10.1002/pd.5143.

Read the October Editor's Choice article →

October 2017 Issue:  Table of Contents

ISPD members have online access to all Prenatal Diagnosis articles via the ISPD website.



22nd International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy



8-11 July 2018, Antwerp, Belgium

Flanders Meeting & Convention Center
Exhibit Dates: 9-11 July 2018

ISPD’s 22nd Conference will bring together prenatal diagnosticians and geneticists from around the globe. Preconference courses will be offered on Sunday, 8 July 2018. The conference, held Monday – Wednesday, 9-11 July 2018, will feature invited speakers, oral abstract presentations, poster sessions, debates and late-breaking research. Mark your calendar for this opportunity to enhance your knowledge in prenatal diagnosis and therapy, and network with colleagues from all over the world!


The Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel and the Park Inn by Radisson will be the official conference hotels. Both are a short walk from the convention center. Please plan to reserve a room early at one of these hotels at the special conference rate. Visit for reservation details!

Important Dates

Call for abstracts:  early November 2017
Registration opens:  12 February 2018
Abstracts due:  12 February 2018
Late-breaking abstracts are due:  14 May 2018 (only for very recent, high-impact, unpublished work)
Early registration ends:  31 May 2018
Support, Exhibit and Advertising reservations and artwork are due:  1 June 2018



Conference Recordings

Conference RecordingsMiss a conference? Purchase access to the recordings!

Recording Features:

  • Presentation slides from preconference courses, debates and concurrent sessions
  • Synchronized audio of the presenter with animation of the mouse and embedded video
  • Access for at least 2 years anywhere you have an internet connection

Recordings are available for the 2017 Preconference Courses, the 2016 conference in Berlin, and the2015 conference in Washington, DC. 

See a list of available recordings →


Past eNewsletters

Past issues of Global Updates are available on our eNewsletter Archives Page. Also available on that page are issues of our previous eNewsletter, Prenatal Perspectives.


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ISPD Global Updates Editors

Lisa Hui (Australia)
Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)
Neeta Vora (USA)

Read Editor Biographies

Global Updates Board Liaisons:
Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)
Igna Van den Veyver (USA)


ISPD Board of Directors

Igna Van den Veyver, President (USA)
Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, President-Elect (USA)
Sylvie Langlois, Secretary (Canada)
Antoni Borrell, Treasurer (Spain)
Lucas Otaño, Past President (Argentina)

Rossa Chiu (Hong Kong)
Roland Devlieger (Belgium)
Francesca Romana Grati (Italy)
Monique C. Haak (Netherlands)
Sebastian Illanes (Chile)
R. Douglas Wilson (Canada)

Director, Ex-Officio
Diana Bianchi (USA)

Board of Directors Webpage

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