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 1, 2022

ISPD membership 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 ISPD Headquarters

ISPD is very excited to be busy preparing for the 26th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, which will be held online and in person in Montréal 19-23 June 2022. There is much to celebrate about being back together in person, but we also recognize the need for the online option for those who cannot travel (or are just not ready to yet). The program is packed with world-renowned speakers and the hottest of hot topics. If you have not already registered, we invite you to do so before the rates go up again on 17 May 2022. Registration includes access to the session recordings for six months after the meeting


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Fetal Therapy Special Interest Group
Improving the Safety of Fetal Therapy Trials and Studies

Anna David, MD, PhD, Fetal Therapy SIG Co-Chair

Conducting clinical trials in pregnancy raises many challenges, primarily due to safety concerns for the mother and her fetus. This is particularly the case when testing new fetal therapies. There have been a number of initiatives to improve the safety of pregnancy trials.


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Congratulations Pioneer Award Winner: Dennis Lo, DM, DPhil

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. We congratulate Dennis Lo as the 2022 recipient of the award. He will give the Pioneer Award lecture at the annual ISPD International Conference.


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ISPD 2022

Join us in June for ISPD 2022!

Please join us for 26th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy, 19-23 June 2022. Learn about the latest research and therapeutic advances from international experts. Attend virtually or in person in Montréal, Canada.

As of 1 April 2022, travelers entering Canada who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to test before traveling. Learn more on our . Some countries require negative tests before returning home, however, and ISPD will be sharing information on access to those tests for in-person attendees.


For both in-person and virtual attendees, registration includes six months of on-demand access to recordings from the days/courses for which they register (except for the fetal therapy simulation). Register by 16 May 2022 to receive the best rates available!


The exciting program features plenaries, debates, podium presentations, electronic posters, and thirty-four invited speakers. The Current Hottest Topics session features two invited talks and the three abstract presentations ranked highest by peer review. !


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2022-2024 ISPD Board of Directors

Mahesh Choolani

Incoming President, Mahesh Choolani

Please join the current ISPD Board of Directors in congratulating and welcoming the 2022-2024 ISPD Board of Directors, who will begin their terms on 1 September 2022. Thank you to all who voted in the recent election.

President: Mahesh Choolani, Singapore

President-Elect: Tim Van Mieghem, Canada

Secretary: Mark Pertile, Australia

Treasurer: Lee Shulman, USA

Past President: Lyn Chitty, USA

Early Career Director: Rebecca Reimers, USA

Directors: April Adams, USA; Lisa Hui, Australia; Brynn Levy, USA; Dora Mayen, Mexico; Joris Vermeesch, Belgium; Neeta Vora, USA

View Current Board & Position Descriptions

Prenatal Diagnosis Journal - Recent Issues

Volume 42 | Issue 5 | May 2022

Editor's Choice Article:

Swanson K, Loeliger KB, Chetty SP, Sparks TN, Norton ME. Disparities in the acceptance of chromosomal microarray at the time of prenatal genetic diagnosis.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6109

Read May Issue

Volume 42 | Issue 4 | April 2022

Pomar L, Ochoa J, Cabet S, Huisman TAGM, Paladini D, Klaritsch P, et al. Prenatal diagnosis of Aicardi syndrome based on a suggestive imaging pattern: A multicenter case-series.

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6085

Read April Issue

Volume 42 | Issue 3 | March 2022

Special Topic Issue: Fetal Management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Where are we and what is next?

Read March Issue

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

Employment Opportunity

Genetics Lab Director

The Division of Women’s Genetics in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City seeks a full-time faculty member at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

See details

Connect with Your ISPD Colleagues

Explore the ISPD Connect User Guide

ISPD Connect, 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 are available now for all interested ISPD members to join.

Visit ISPD Connect to join the conversation!


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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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