Laboratory Techniques

The Laboratory Techniques SIG is dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of all aspects of the various laboratory techniques in use in fetal diagnosis, including validation and implementation of new techniques. The SIG wants to facilitate and encourage communication and education between SIG members. The SIG also participates in education and training activities of the ISPD. As there is an overlap with the interests of other SIGs, e.g. concerning ethical and psychosocial issues and screening aspects, the SIG closely operates with other SIGs.

SIG Topics of Discussion/Interest

  • Noninvasive prenatal testing
  • NIPD for monogenic disorders
  • PGD
  • Cytogenetics
  • Molecular genetics
  • Arrays
  • Quality control
  • Guidelines

Message From Outgoing Chairs 

November 2020

By Diane Van Opstal and Elaine Holgado

Sadly, as the 2020 ISPD conference was one of the many cancelled events of 2020 we were not able to conduct our final SIG meeting in person. So we would like to take the opportunity to say farewell and thank you to all those that participated in the meetings, those who have viewed the content on the SIG page on the ISPD website and read our contributions to Global Updates.
We are handing over the reins to Francesca Romana Grati who we are sure everyone knows well due to her roles in ISPD including her recent ISPD Director role and her work with NIPT, CMA, and mosaicism. Her Co-chair is Natalie Chandler from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London who works predominantly in the fields of prenatal exome sequencing and NIPD.

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SIG Leadership 

Co-Chair: Francesca Romana Grati, PhD

Co-Chair: Natalie J. Chandler, PhD


Board Liaison: TBA

SIG Roster

Meeting Minutes

9 July 2018 - Antwerp, Belgium
11 July 2017 - San Diego, California, USA
12 July 2016 - Berlin, Germany
11 July 2016 - SIGs and Education Committee
15 July 2015 - Washington, DC USA
05 June 2013 - Lisbon, Portugal
06 June 2012 - Miami, Florida, USA
14 July 2010 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
04 June 2008 - Vancouver, Canada