ISPD Global Updates e-Newsletter

The ISPD 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.

Issue 4, 2021

Issue 4, 2021

includes complimentary access to the Prenatal Diagnosis journal, membership in Special Interest Groups, access to ISPD Connect, discounted conference registration rates, exclusive access to online content and more!

Update from the Board of Directors

Lyn Chitty, PhD, MRCOG


Dear ISPD Friends and Colleagues,


It is hard to believe that 2021 is coming to a close. It has been an extraordinary year and an extremely busy one both for ISPD and for me personally. I hope that like me, you are now very much looking forward to some relaxation around the holidays!


I just finished moderating a session of the ISPD Virtual Education Series (VES), which thanks to our Education Fund with Corporate Council support, we are able to offer free to all. November’s topic was Genetic work-up of increased nuchal translucency. This was our fifth ISPD webinar offered this year, and it was well attended with a lot of questions. We hope you are enjoying the VES sessions; there is one more to come this year on agenesis of the corpus callosum. I want to thank all our speakers for volunteering their time and expertise to be a part of these. They really have been excellent, and all .


Research Update from the Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis SIG

Natalie Chandler and Francesca Romana Grati, Co-Chairs


At this time, the Technologies in Reproductive Screening and Diagnosis SIG would like to bring attention to a couple of papers. One is about interpretative uncertainties when prenatal WES is performed and another on the commentary of NEJM on a study published in Nature on placental mosaicism.


Now Accepting Nominations for the Pioneer Award

Created in 2018, the ISPD Pioneer in Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy Award is the highest recognition given by the Society to a professional for outstanding contributions to the practice and profession of prenatal diagnosis and therapy. The recipient of the award will give an award lecture at the annual ISPD International Conference and be recognized on the ISPD website and in the Global Updates newsletter. Nominations must be received by Monday, 6 December 2021, in order to be considered.


Global Outreach: Joint Course with TMFMS

ISPD was proud to collaborate with the Taiwan Maternal Fetal Medicine Society (TMFMS) for a at the 9th Taiwan Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Congress on 13 November 2021.


Special thanks to the speakers, Lyn Chitty, Lisa Hui, Citra Mattar, and Mark Pertile for representing ISPD in this workshop and enhancing our global education reach.


Our next course is with the Peruvian Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, to be held 11 December.


There is a seat at the table for you. Become an ISPD leader!

The ISPD Board of Directors invites all Full and Allied Health Professional members in good standing to consider serving on the Board of Directors or as a Co-Chair for a Special Interest Group (SIG).


ISPD 2022

Abstract Submission is Open for ISPD 2022!

The 26th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy will present the latest research and therapeutic advances in a hybrid format with the option to participate in person or virtually.


Plenaries, debates, podium presentations, poster sessions, and industry symposia will take place Monday-Wednesday, 20-22 June 2022, at the in the city known as Canada's "cultural capital." The program will be presented simultaneously for virtual attendees. Workshops will be held before and after the conference.


The deadline to submit an abstract is 17 January 2022 at 11:59 PM EST (UTC-5). Topic categories are listed on the abstract submission page.


Connect with Your ISPD Colleagues

Explore the ISPD Connect User Guide

, our member community platform, is where ISPD members can further their career development by discussing current prenatal topics, sharing insights and resources, and forging new connections with peers and mentors.


The Trainee community is available for ISPD Trainee Members to engage on topics of particular interest to students and early-career professionals! Trainee members are automatically enrolled in this community. Other members may join and serve as mentors by answering questions and sharing knowledge they have gained through experience.


Special Interest communities and a few general topic communities will be made available soon for all interested ISPD members to join.


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Volume 41 | Issue 12 | November 2021


Special issue: Complex Multiple Pregnancies



Volume 41 | Issue 11 | October 2021


Editor's Choice Article:


Avram CM, Dyer AL, Shaffer BL, Caughey AB. The cost-effectiveness of genotyping versus sequencing for prenatal cystic fibrosis carrier screening.

Volume 41 | Issue S1 | 2021 Abstracts


Supplement issue: Abstracts of the ISPD 25th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, held virtually 6-8 June 2021


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


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ISPD Global Updates Editors
Lynn Bush (USA)
Lisa Hui (Australia)

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Read Editor Biographies

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (USA)

Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)



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.


***Call for Editors***

Would you like to contribute to ISPD through the publication of Global Updates? We are seeking additional editors to review and solicit content in partnership with SIG leaders and ISPD Headquarters. Contact Erin Irtenkauf at for details.

ISPD Board of Directors


Lyn S. Chitty, President (UK)

Mahesh A. Choolani, President-Elect
. (Singapore)

Rossa Chiu, Secretary (Hong Kong)

Lee Shulman, Treasurer (USA)

Louise E. Wilkins-Haug, Past President (USA)



April Adams (USA)

Lisa Hui (Australia)

Maria L. Igarzabal (Argentina)

Brynn Levy (USA)

Mark Pertile (Australia)

Tim Van Mieghem (Canada)

Neeta L. Vora (USA)



Have a question or comment for the Board? Please contact us via Your message will be routed to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.




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