Hot topics & controversies in feto-maternal medicine, 4th edition, Diagnoses, additional tests & counselling issues is approved by ISUOG and Organised by Symposia Organizzazione Congressi in Genova.

Course Objective:

The 4th edition of the course has three components, as in the previous editions. The first part focuses on the diagnostic and counselling challenges offered by borderline cerebral and cardiac findings. The second part addresses the diagnostic difficulties encountered in anomalies rarely discussed in training courses, such as facial, renal and segmental spinal malformations. The third part deals – as in the previous courses – with feto-maternal important conditions, which in the present edition are represented by thyroid dysfunction and hyperemesis gravidarum and their possible ominous consequence on the fetus. Live demos, entertaining debates & voting sessions are used to enhance an effective discussion.

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ISUOG Speakers:

Senior physician in the Obstetric Ultrasound department at Lis Hospital, Ichilov

Dr Roee Birnbaum is an obstetrician and gynecologist, focusing on fetal ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis of fetal malformations, including early diagnosis. He is currently working in the OB-GYN Ultrasound division at the Tel Aviv medical center, focusing on fetal brain malformations, and early diagnosis of fetal anomalies. Previously, he was working under the direct instruction of Prof. Dario Paladini, at the Istituto Giannina Gaslini pediatric hospital, Genova, Italy, focusing on fetal heart and brain malformations. He is a faculty member of several teaching courses worldwide. His main research focus is the fetal brain (normal and pathology), and early brain development.  


Notable publications


Birnbaum R, Ben-Sira L, Lerman-Sagie T, Malinger G. The use of fetal neurosonography and brain MRI in cases of cytomegalovirus infection during pregnancy: A retrospective analysis with outcome correlation. Prenat Diagn. 2017 Dec;37(13):1335-1342.


Birnbaum R, Parodi S, Donarini G, Meccariello G, Fulcheri E, Paladini D. The third ventricle of the human fetal brain: Normative data and pathologic correlation. A 3D transvaginal neurosonography study. Prenat Diagn. 2018 Aug;38(9):664-672


Country: Israel

Field: Obstetrics; Gynecology

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal heart; fetal anomalies screening; fetal anomalies; 3D/4D ultrasound; neurosonography and brain malformations

Language:  Hebrew, English

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Prof. Dr Rabih Chaoui, was born and schooled in Beirut, Lebanon. His medical studies and specialisation in obstetrics and gynecology were undertaken at the Charité Medical School, Humboldt University, in Berlin, Germany. Between 2001 and 2004, he was professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin and since 2004 he has worked at the Center of Prenatal Diagnosis and Human Genetics in Berlin. An ISUOG member since 1994, he has been a Board member from 2003 to 2013, including two terms as Chair of the Education Committee, and received the Stuart Campbell Award for Education in 2018.

Prof. Dr Chaoui has written three books on fetal ultrasound and more than 250 papers and monographies. Since 1986, his major interest has been in fetal ultrasound to include fetal heart, fetal 3D, first trimester ultrasound, ultrasound in genetic diseases and high-resolution ultrasound.

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Professor Mark Kilby is a clinical scientist working in the field of fetal medicine and therapy. His work focuses upon diverse themes crossing the interface between laboratory-based research and translational clinical trials in valuating diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions. Read more. 

Notable publications: He has over 300 publications and multiple books and review articles. Read more.

Country: UK

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preeclampsia; preterm delivery; genetics

Language: English

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Dr Haratz is a Senior Physician, Division of Ultrasound in ObGyn at Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky medical center. She has earned a MD degree in 2004 from the Federal University of Parana, Brazil and a Title of Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. Since then Dr Krajden Haratz has maintained a lively medical practice as Senior Physician in Hospitals and Private Practice. Further she specialized in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fetal Medicine and earned Title of Specialist in both areas, from the Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics – FEBRASGO. Her Fellowship in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Neurology was under the auspices Prof. Gustavo Malinger at Wolfson Medical Center, Holon Israel. After her aliyah she completed the requirements and earned a Title of Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Israeli Medical Association.


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Stuart Campbell Award Committee Chair, Honours Committee Member

Prof. Dario Paladini is currently the Head of the Fetal Medicine and Surgery Unit at G. Gaslini Children's Hospital in Genova, Italy.
Prof Paladini has  had several roles in ISUOG over the years: Education committee chair and member, Course co-chair, Board member, member of the Outreach committee, nomination committee, CSC committee, Fetal heart task force, CNS guidelines task force (chair). He was awarded the Stuart Campbell Award in 2011 and he is now Chair of the Stuart Campbell award committee.
Prof. Paladini has published > 200 original papers in high IF peer-review journals and led and was involved in hundreds of training courses and congresses worldwide.
Country: Italy
Field: Gynecology; Obstetrics
Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T2; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; 3D & 4D ultrasound; fetal surgery; gynecological ultrasound.
Languages: English; Italian; Spanish
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Prof. Gianluigi Pilu is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Università di Bologna, Italy. He is a researcher in the fields of Obstetrics and Prenatal Diagnosis.

Notable Publications: Authors of more 200 original scientific articles published in journal with perl review listed in Index Medicus, 5 books and several multimedia products.

2007 Gold Medal Award article

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Executive Committee, Finance & Risk Committee, Nominations Committee, Fetal MRI Special Interest Group, UOG Editorial Board

Prof. Laurent Salomon is a senior consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital and full professor at Paris Descartes University. His special interests are imaging technologies including MRI, Twins, Fetal surgery, Statistics, Teaching processes and Quality control. Laurent completed a PhD in Physics with distinction (Paris XI Sud, Science University – Orsay), applied to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the placenta.  He also completed a MSc in Medical Statistic with distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Laurent is an associate director of a Master Degree in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Medicine at Paris Descartes University. He is on the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and involved in many committees and task forces of ISUOG. Laurent also serves on a regular basis as an expert for the National Agency for Biomedicine, French Health Authority and National Security Agency in Health Products, as well as for international research projects. 

Country: France

Field: Obstetrics; Imaging; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy

Languages: English; French

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Professor Yves Ville is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine at Necker-Enfants-Malades Hospital at the Paris Descartes University. He is the Chair and lead clinician in the largest fetal medicine and therapy unit in France. He has pursued a platform of work that has allowed clinical and academic progress of the subspecialty of fetal medicine, both nationally and internationally.

Country: France

Field: Obstetrics; Fetal Medicine

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1; fetal anomalies; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; fetal interventional procedures; multiple pregnancy; preterm delivery; genetics

Languages: English; French

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