This two-day course links prenatal diagnosis to postnatal treatment and care and long term outcome. We will discuss the physiology, prenatal diagnosis, treatment options and the impact on the life course of the future child. Experienced speakers, working within the prenatal, pediatric or genetic field, will provide the lectures. For the live participants a number of OPUS ultrasound simulators are present to test and experience their ability to diagnose prenatal congenital anomalies. Target audience Gynecologists, Fetal and Maternal Medicine specialists, Pediatricians, Clinical Geneticists and trainees

Fetal ultrasound as a screening test and diagnostic tool became part of regular antenatal care. If a structural congenital malformation or another (fetal) abnormality is diagnosed, a period of uncertainty starts for the future parent(s). For most of them it is very important to get as much information as possible. Not only do they want to know what the current condition of their baby is, but they also want to know what to expect during the first year(s) after birth, including the meaning of the final diagnosis, the possibility of treatment, the lifelong health problems for their child, and the impact on their whole family.

The first professional, who tells them there is something wrong, plays a significant role. For that reason the ultrasonographer / fetal medicine specialist not only needs to have the knowledge and skills to make the right (differential) diagnosis. It is also important to have  knowledge regarding postnatal care, treatment and outcome.

Our philosophy is that fetal medicine is a team performance in order to give the (unborn) child and the parent(s) the best care, in a pre- and postnatal continuous way.

During the first day of the course we will focus on urological, kidney and genital malformations. The second day we will discuss polyhydramnios in relation to congenital and genetic malformations and in addition our focus will be on congenital diaphragmatic hernia and congenital heart malformations. During both days we will discuss the physiology, prenatal diagnosis, treatment options and the impact on the life course of the future child.

Please find the full programme here: 

Congenital malformations Rotterdam Oct2022

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Accreditation & Certification Sub-Committee, VISUOG Case of the Month Lead, UOG Editorial Board

Prof. dr. C.M. (Katia) Bilardo is Professor of Fetal Medicine at UMCG in the Netherlands and is an expert on ultrasound and invasive prenatal diagnosis. 

Caterina (Katia) M. Bilardo was born in Savigliano (Piedmont), Italy. After completing
cum laude in 1983 the Medical studies and the Specialization in Obstetrics and
Gynaecology at the University of Turin, she trained as Fellow in Prenatal Diagnosis and
Fetal Medicine (1985- 1989) at King’s College Hospital, London, where she worked
under the supervision of Prof. S. Campbell and Prof. K. N. Nicolaides.

Since 1989 she has relocated to the Netherlands where she has worked as Consultant
and Head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Department at the Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam (1992-2010). From 2010 to 2017 she has worked as Head of the Fetal
Medicine Department at the University Medical Center Groningen where, in 2011, she
has been appointed Professor in Fetal Medicine. Since October 2017 she has moved
with the same position to the Amsterdam UMC, location VU Medical Center in
Amsterdam, where she has also been appointed as Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology
and Fetal Medicine. In the Netherlands she has been President of the Dutch Working
Party for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is currently member of the
Committee Prenatal Screening of the National Health Council.

Since 2007 she is in the Editorial Board of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Since 2009 she is Board member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics
and Gynecology (ISUOG). Between 2013-2017 she was Chair of the Education
Committee within ISUOG. And in 2018-2020 she has been President of the same

She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and supervised numerous PhD students.
In 2021 she was bestowed the Stuart Campbell award for Education.

Research Areas
• Doppler study of the utero-placental and fetal circulation (chief researcher
Truffle study)
• Fetal dysmorphology ( 2D and 3D studies)
• First and second trimester ultrasound screening for aneuploidies
• First trimester ultrasound
• Psychological aspects of Screening
• Fetal cardiology

Field: Obstetrics

Country: The Netherlands

Specialties: Fetal anomaly screening T1 & T2; fetal biometry and wellbeing; aneuploidies; fetal anomalies; fetal heart; fetal brain; fetal growth restriction; maternal and fetal Doppler; fetal interventional procedures; 3D & 4D ultrasound; genetics

Languages: English; Italian; French; Dutch

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Titia Cohen-Overbeek has worked as a physician in Fetal Medicine at the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Erasmus University Medical Centre since 1987. Prior to that she obtained her training in prenatal diagnosis during a 5-year period at Kings College Hospital in London under the guidance of professor Stuart Campbell. During that period, she was the first to visualize the blood flow in the uterine artery by Doppler ultrasound.

The early collaboration with many pediatric specialists resulted in numerous scientific papers on prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies, their postnatal outcome and the long term follow up of these children. Her thesis “Detection of congenital anomalies before or after birth; does it make a difference?” was published in 2008. Following the introduction in the Netherlands in 2007 of the fetal anomaly scan as part of the national prenatal screening program she established an widely attended ultrasound training program for obstetricians. Since 2015 she became member of the national quality committee geared towards assessing the quality of the various prenatal screening tests available within the national prenatal screening program

She has been member of the ISUOG outreach committee from 2012-2018, participated in the outreach project in Somaliland in 2012 and has been the leader of the outreach project in Oman from 2017 onwards. She was a member of the ISUOG Basic Training Taskforce since 2016 and was particularly involved with the formation of the Basic Training theoretical curriculum. In a collaboration of Medical Aid Films with ISUOG she was part of the team that made the two Basic Training instruction films “The principles of ultrasound” and “The Basic Steps of an Obstetric Ultrasound Examination” which are free available on the ISUOG website.

Country: The Netherlands

Field: Obstetrics, MFM

Languages: English, Dutch

Specialties: Congenital anomalies, Doppler, teaching methods, audit methods.

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