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 3, 2020

President's Message, Louise Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD

ISPD joins other professional societies and healthcare organizations in condemning prejudice, discrimination, and racial injustice. We are committed to promoting diversity among our members consistent with our vision that evidence-based practice and culturally sensitive preconception and prenatal screening, diagnostics, and therapy are available to all families.

ISPD, June 2020


The global challenges of the past four months prompted the above declaration of ISPD’s commitment to maternal and fetal health. Our vision as included above has not waivered since its earlier inception.



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Announcing the ISPD Virtual Education Series

This pandemic has challenged us to reassess our priorities, change how we work, and change how we communicate. While not a substitute for our annual face-to-face courses and conference, ISPD will deliver a series of weekly webinars later this year for which we will be offering continuing education units. 

More information is coming soon, but we hope you will join us for lively debates, lectures, and discussion. We are also looking towards 2021; our May conference in Edinburgh will no doubt also be impacted, and we are exploring a variety of options for the meeting.

A Message from Diana Bianchi

Dear ISPD Members:


It has been my great privilege to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of Prenatal Diagnosis since 2007. I am writing now to let you know that I intend to step down at the end of calendar year 2020.


As many of you know, for the last three and a half years I have had a very busy “day job” as Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and as a result, I do not have enough time to spend on our wonderful and unique journal. While working with all of you has been a great joy, it seems like entering a new decade is a good time for a new leader. The 13th issue of 2020 (December) will be my last, and it will be a celebration of 40 years of Prenatal Diagnosis.


Diana W. Bianchi

Editor-in-Chief, Prenatal Diagnosis



ISPD Interviews with Experts

 conducted by Lorraine Dugoff and Liona Poon in September 2019 at the ISPD International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Singapore.


Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., is the director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and head of the Prenatal Genomics and Therapy Section for the Medical Genetics Branch at NHGRI. In addition to her long service as Editor-in-Chief of Prenatal Diagnosis, she served as ISPD President 2006-2010.



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COVID-19 Related Articles from Prenatal Diagnosis

Prenatal Diagnosis provides the following articles on COVID-19 and prenatal care as open-access:


Mechanisms and evidence of vertical transmission of infections in pregnancy including SARS‐CoV ‐2

A.P. Mahyuddin, A. Kanneganti, J.L.J Wong, P. Sharma Dimri, L.L. Su, A. Biswas, S.E. Illanes, C.N.Z. Mattar, RY‐J Huang, M. Choolani


Preterm delivery in pregnant woman with critical COVID ‐19 pneumonia and vertical transmission

Marzieh Zamaniyan MD, Aghdas Ebadi, MD, Samaneh Aghajanpoor Mir, MD, Zahra Rahmani, MD, Mohammadreza Haghshenas, PhD, Setareh Azizi, MD


SARS‐CoV2 (COVID‐19) infection: is fetal surgery in times of national disasters reasonable?

Jan Deprest, Marc Van Ranst, Lore Lannoo, Emma Bredaki, Greg Ryan, Anna David, Jute Richter, Tim Van Mieghem


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2019 Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to the 2019 recipient of 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 year by a young investigator (40 years or younger).


Tal Falick Michaeli, MD is the lead author on "Determining gestational age using genome methylation profile: A novel approach for fetal medicine," published in issue 39:11 of Prenatal Diagnosis. Read the full article here.


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Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Volume 40 | Issue 7 | June 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Lewi, L. Monochorionic diamniotic twins: What do I tell the prospective parents? DOI: 10.1002/pd5705

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Volume 40 | Issue 6 | May 2020


Editor's Choice Article:

Hardy T. The role of prenatal diagnosis following preimplantation genetic testing for single‐gene conditions: A historical overview of evolving technologies and clinical practice

DOI: 10.1002/pd.5662.

Read May Issue

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


New Board Members Begin Terms on 1 September

Please join the current ISPD Board of Directors in congratulating and welcoming the 2020-2022 ISPD Board of Directors, who will begin their terms on 1 September 2020.


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Trainee Membership is Free and Comes with Benefits!

A reminder that Trainee Membership is complimentary for individuals who are enrolled full-time as a resident, fellow, graduate student, or professional trainee in a program that will lead to appropriate degrees or certificates in subjects relating to prenatal diagnosis and therapy.


ISPD has an entire area of its website dedicated to resources for early career members.


View Early Career Resources

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

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

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Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Louise Wilkins-Haug (USA)

Igna Van den Veyver (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.



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