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 2, 2024

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!

Message from the ISPD President

ISPD President, Mahesh Choolani

Dear ISPD Community:


As we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of prenatal diagnosis and medical genetics, I am thrilled to share some exciting news about our upcoming conference and our latest virtual education series. These events are not just opportunities for professional development but also a time for our community to come together, learn, and inspire each other.


This year, we have something truly special lined up for our Conference. From 7-10 July 2024, in Boston, Massachusetts, we will gather to explore the latest advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment. The I promises a dynamic program with thought-provoking debates, engaging courses, and invaluable networking opportunities.


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SIG Update: Genetic Counseling, Ethics, and Patient Education

Lynn Bush, PhD, MSBioethics, MA

Samantha Stover, MS, CGC

Co-Chairs, Genetic Counseling, Ethics, and Patient Education SIG


All ISPD 2024 attendees, in-person and virtual, are most welcome to attend the Genetic Counseling, Ethics, Patient Education Special Interest Group’s interactive morning coffee/tea discussion forum on Tuesday, 9 July: "Reproductive Freedom? The ripple effect of global policies on complex counseling conversations, decision-making, and the patient/provider relationship.”


We will engage in vibrant conversations with panelists and the audience regarding how global reproductive rights policies can create ethical dilemmas for both patients and providers as well as significantly impact patient counseling, education, and the patient/provider relationship – whether considered for better, or worse. There will be an interdisciplinary panel of speakers from across the globe, to include Mahesh Choolani, MD, PhD, Dora Mayen, MD, PhD, April Adams, MD, and others, with representation from members in a variety of geographical areas and with diverse perspectives in both areas with protective laws and those without, with planned audience discussion.


Additionally, we extend a warm welcome to all ISPD members and invite you to join the Genetic Counseling-Ethics-Patient Education Special Interest Group. We plan to have Special Interest Group activities throughout the year and hope you will participate with new insights!


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You're invited to attend the 28th International Conference on
Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy


There's Still Time to Register!

Please register to attend in person or virtually. Various registration rates are available for professionals, students, and more. Online registration closes 25 June 2024.


Don't Miss the Debates
ISPD's annual debates on hot-topics are one of the most popular features of the conference.

  • Debate 1: All fetuses undergoing fetal therapy should have exome sequencing.
    For: Teresa Sparks
    Against: Rogelio Cruz-Martinez
    Moderator: Tim Van Mieghem

  • Debate 2: Conventional postmortem remains the gold standard examination for the anatomical examination of fetal loss.
    For: Lori Potocki
    Against: Ciaran Hutchinson
    Moderator: Igna Van den Veyver

  • Debate 3: Cytogenetics is a dinosaur and should be replaced by molecular technologies.
    For: Michael Talkowski
    Against: Yassmine Akkari
    Moderator: Amy Breman
See ISPD 2024 Details


Prenatal Diagnosis Journal

Volume 44 | Issue 5 | May 2024


Editor's Choice Article:

Postmortem imaging of fetuses at early gestations: A comparison of microfocus computed tomography with postmortem magnetic resonance at 9.4 T and postmortem ultrasound

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6532


Read May Issue

April 2024 | Special Issue: Highlights from the Annual 2023 ISPD Meeting in Edinburgh (full length articles)



Read the ISPD 2023 Issue

Volume 44 | Issue 3 | March 2024


Editor's Choice Article:

Rothschild HT, Lianoglou BR, Sahin Hodoglugil NN, Tick K, Brown JEH, Sparks T. Trust in prenatal exome sequencing for expectant families facing unexplained fetal anomalies

DOI: 10.1002/pd.6507


Read March Issue

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




Early Career Resources at ISPD 2024

ISPD offers opportunities through the year and at the annual conference designed to engage trainees. These include networking events such as the small group “dine-arounds” to give trainees social time with leaders in the field, an early career reception for peer networking as well as connecting with the ISPD Board, and a trainee/early career plenary session.


The Collaboration Corner at the conference is a good place to meet and discuss areas of interest with other trainees, mentors or professional members of ISPD.


ISPD offers a FREE membership for trainees and helpful resources to address your most frequently asked questions:

  • Are there resources to help me plan my career?
  • How do I write a scientific paper - and get it published?
  • What are some tips for making attention-grabbing presenations (and abstracts)?
  • What are the best approaches for interpreting scientific literature and designing studies?
  • What are the best ways to build professional relationships?
View Trainee FAQs
See ISPD 2024 Program

Share Your Ideas for ISPD Programs


We need your ideas and leadership to help enrich the Society's career development and content offerings. Information on four volunteer opportunities will follow — join ISPD's Social Media Team, help plan the new "Journal Club" webinar series, participate on the Membership Committee, or serve as a Special Interest Group Co-Chair.


ISPD Members will receive additional information in the coming weeks on how to apply for these opportunities!





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

Florencia Petracchi (Argentina)

Neeta Vora (USA)

Global Updates Board Liaisons:

Neeta Vora (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


Mahesh Choolani, President

. (Singapore)
Tim Van Mieghem, President-Elect (Canada)

Mark Pertile, Secretary (Australia)

Lee Shulman, Treasurer (USA)

Lyn Chitty, Past President (UK)



April Adams (USA)

Lisa Hui (Australia)

Brynn Levy (USA)

Dora Mayen (Mexico)

Rebecca Reimers (USA)
Joris Vermeesch (Belgium)

Neeta 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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