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An ISUOG Advanced Course
Hot topics & controversies in feto-maternal medicine
3rd edition


Thursday 24th November 2022

13.00 Registration

14.00 Course Opening

CNS I. From screening standards to corpus callosum dysraphic states. Time for debate.
Chairs: Roee Birnbaum, Dario Paladini

14.10 A creative approach to the CNS screening views: bullhorns and butterflies.
Guillermo Azumendi
14.30 LIVE DEMO 1. The…bullhorns and butterflies…on the screen. Rabih Chaoui
Corpus callosum dysraphic states. Is there a terminology issue? Laurent J. Salomon 15.10 Corpus callosum agenesis. From suspicion to diagnosis and associations. Dario Paladini
15.30 CSP agenesis. From suspicion to diagnosis and associations. Paolo Volpe
Debate & voting. Adds on & Short corpus callosum. Is there such an entity?
Faculty televoter session 1 & discussion

16.10   Coffee Break

CNS II. Late onset anomalies
Mario Lituania, Paolo Volpe

16.40 LIVE DEMO 2. The late neurosonography. Paolo Volpe
17.00 Intra-ventricular hemorrhage and stroke.Dario Paladini
17.20 Endocranial cysts. Classification, significance and prognosis Rabih Chaoui
17.40 Pericallosal lipomas. Diagnosis and significance. Roee Birnbaum
18.00 The role of prenatal MRI in acquired lesions. Maria Savino Severino

18.20 Discussion

18.40 End of the day


Friday 25th November 2022

Soft markers in the 2nd trimester: a legacy from the past…to get rid of in the era of cf-DNA and FTS?
Chairs: Giovanni Monni, Paolo Volpe
08.30 Introduction to the topic. Rationale and endpoints. Dario Paladini
08.45 Choroid plexus cysts. Dario Paladini
09.00 Absent nasal bone.Guillermo Azumendi
09.15 Cardiac hyperechogenic foci. Roee Birnbaum
09.30 ARSA Rabih Chaoui
09.45 Hyperechogenic bowel Laurent J. Salomon
10.00 Single umbilical artery Paolo Volpe
Televoter 2 & discussion

10.45   Coffee Break

Hot topics in fetomaternal medicine. 1. Diabetes in pregnancy. Point of Care.
Chairs: Tiziana Frusca, Pasquale Martinelli

11.00 National and international guidelines for screening and diagnosis. Federico Mecacci
11.20 The metabolic background and the role of metformin and inositol supplementation. Irene Cetin
11.40 Fetal ultrasound surveillance.  Laurent J. Salomon
12.00 Clinical and delivery challenges. Tiziana Frusca
12.20 LIVE DEMO 3. How to scan and what to check. Aris Papagheorghiou

12.40 Discussion

13.00 Lunch

14.30 – 16.10
Ready player 1? Artificial intelligence in obstetric ultrasound: commercially available and investigational tools.
Chairs: Dario Paladini, Federico Prefumo

14.30 AI-aided anomaly scan. A step forward. Hongning Xie
14.50 New tools in AI-aided obstetric ultrasound. Aris Papagheorghiou
15.10 New tools in AI-aided obstetric ultrasound. Christoph Lees
15.30 New portable transducers. Federico Prefumo

15.50 Discussion

16.10   Coffee Break

16.40 – 18.30
When experience is not enough. The malformation cases that remind us to be humble in making a diagnosis/prognosis…
Chairs: Rabih Chaoui, Dario Paladini

16.40 Shared Experiences Rabih Chaoui
17.00 Shared Experiences Dario Paladini
17.20 Shared Experiences Paolo Volpe
17.40 Shared Experiences Roee Birnbaum
18.00 Discussion

18.20 End of the day

Saturday 26th November 2022

Hot topics in fetomaternal medicine. 2. Challenges in the management of the small fetus.
Chairs: Tiziana Frusca, Dario Paladini
08.30 What biometry charts should I use? The PROs of the Intergrowth study. Aris Papagheorghiou
08.50 What biometry charts should I use?  The CONs of the Intergrowth study. Tamara Stampaljia
09.20 How to diagnose and manage growth-restriction. Still a controversial issue. Christoph Lees
09.50 The neonatologist’s point of view. Luca Ramenghi
09.50  Discussion & voting

10.30  Coffee break

Congenital heart disease. What do we miss and why…a methodological analysis of FPs and FNs.
Chairs: Maurizio Marasini, Fabrizio Taddei

11.15 LIVE DEMO 4. Fetal echo: possible FP @ greyscale and Doppler Dario Paladini
11.35 Malalignment and VA connecions. Rabih Chaoui
11.55 Cardiac septa. Paolo Volpe
11.55 Ventricular disproportion. Valentina De Robertis
12.15 Single ventricle anatomy Giulia Tuo

12.55 Discussion

13.00 CME test and goodbye

Prof. Dario Paladini


Course Objective

The third edition of the course has three components.

The first part focuses on the sonographic expert diagnosis of complex CNS and cardiac malformations, concentrating especially on those anomalies or sonographic aspects that may be responsible for false positive and negative diagnoses.

The second part addresses the modifications of current diagnostic ultrasound protocols that should be implemented thanks to the new advancements in genetics and Artificial Intelligence.

The third part deals – as  in previous editions – with feto-maternal important conditions, which in the present edition is maternal diabetes and its effects on the pregnancy and the fetus.

A final session is included focusing on the state of the art in the hormonal treatment of women’s conditions.

Invited Faculty

Guilllermo Azumendi (Malaga, Spain)
Roee Birnbaum (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Irene Cetin (Milano)
Rabih Chaoui (Berlin, Germany)
Valentina De Robertis (Bari)
Tiziana Frusca (Brescia)
Christoph Lees (London, UK)
Maurizio Marasini (Genova)
Pasquale Martinelli (Napoli)
Federico Mecacci (Firenze) 
Giovanni Monni (Cagliari)
Dario Paladini (Genova)
Aris Papagheorghiou (Oxford, UK)
Luca Ramenghi (Genova)
Laurent J. Salomon (Paris, France)
Maria Savina Severino (Genova)

Tamara Stampaljia (Trieste)
Fabrizio Taddei (Rovereto)
Giulia Tuo (Genova)
Paolo Volpe (Bari)
Hongning Xie (Guangzhou, China)


General Information

Congress Venue
Magazzini del Cotone

Via Magazzini del Cotone, 19
16128 Genova (Italy)

Security measures
In accordance with the regulations in force on the date of the conference, all due measures for the containment and management of the Covid-19 emergency will be put in place to protect attendees and staff throughout the event.

Official language
English is the official language of the Congress. Simultaneous translation into Italian will be available.

Scientific Information

Course Directors

Prof. Dario Paladini, MD
Head, Fetal Medicine & Surgery Unit
G. Gaslini Institute, Genova, Italy

Scientific Secretariat
D. Paladini, D. Buffi, I. Maffeo, D. Pastorino, C. Scala

UOSD di Medicina e Chirurgia Fetale
IRCCS G. Gaslini

L.go Gerolamo Gaslini, 5
16147 Genova, Italy
Tel 010 56363483

E-mail: dpaladini49@gmail.com


The Organizing Secretariat can reserve hotel accommodation for

2 nights

Check-in: 24 November 2022

Check-out: 26 November 2022

at the following hotels:

  • NH Collection Marina ★★★★
    Molo Ponte Calvi 5, 16124 Genova – Tel +39 010 25391
  • NH Genova Centro ★★★★
    Via Martin Piaggio 11, 16122 Genova – Tel +39 010 83161

Hotel booking can be made during the online registration procedure.

The total amount due for the hotel accommodation must be settled together with the registration fee.

For special requests (e.g. changing in/out dates or room type), please send a request to the Organizing Secretariat via e-mail.

Hotel rates

NH Collection Marina Rate per night
Double Used as Single (DUS) Superior room € 155,00
NH Genova Centro
Double Used as Single (DUS) standard room € 115,00
Difference for double occupancy  € 20,00


The above rates are intended per room per night including breakfast and VAT.

Guests are kindly asked to settle the City Tax (€ 3,00 per person per night) directly to the hotel reception upon check-out along with any personal extras.

CME info

  • ID evento:

  • N° crediti: TBA

  • Professione: Physician

  • Disciplina:

  • Allergology and clinical immunology

    Allergology and clinical immunology

    Allergology and clinical immunology

    Allergology and clinical immunology

  • Obiettivo Formativo: Application in daily practice of the principles and procedures of evidence based practice (ebm - ebn - ebp)

CME learning test


Si rammenta ai partecipanti all’evento che l’acquisizione dei crediti formativi ECM è subordinata alla effettiva partecipazione ad almeno il 90% del programma formativo ed alla verifica del test di apprendimento (superamento del questionario con una percentuale di risposte corrette non inferiore al 75% del totale delle domande).

L’acquisizione dei crediti ECM prevede la compilazione del questionario di verifica dell’apprendimento in modalità on-line.


Il questionario sarà attivo per 72 ore a partire dal termine dell’evento.


Modalità per la compilazione del questionario ECM online:

  • cliccare sul tasto “ISCRIVITI” ed effettuare il “LOGIN PRIVATI” con le proprie credenziali (riportate anche nella mail di conferma ricevuta all’atto dell’iscrizione).
  • una volta effettuato l’accesso al profilo utente, si potrà cliccare sul tasto “QUESTIONARIO ONLINE” in alto a destra.

Potrebbe essere richiesto di aggiornare i dati personali sul profilo prima di accedere al “QUESTIONARIO ONLINE”.

Si raccomanda di compilare il questionario di gradimento e di rispondere a tutte le domande prima di confermare (ogni domanda senza risposta viene considerata errore).

È ammesso un solo tentativo.

I certificati ECM saranno spediti via e-mail dopo l’invio del consuntivo Age.Na.S., entro il termine stabilito di 90 giorni dalla fine dell’evento

Registration to attend on site

Registration fees (VAT 22% included)
until 30 Sep 2022  from 01 Oct 2022
ISUOG member  € 400,00  € 450,00
Non member  € 500,00  € 550,00
Physician in training  € 200,00   € 250,00

Fees includes:
Congress attendance
Congress Kit
Coffee break & lunch
Simultaneous translation into English
Certificate of Attendance
ISUOG Certificate


Registration to attend online

Registration fees (VAT 22% included)
until 30 Sep 2022  from 01 Oct 2022
ISUOG  member  € 200,00  € 225,00
Non member  € 250,00  € 275,00

Fees includes:
Congress live webinar attendance
30 days access to congress recordings
Simultaneous translation into English
Certificate of Attendance

Online participation is reserved for foreign attendees only


Sign up

Registration fees (VAT 22% included)
until 30 Sep 2022  from 01 Oct 2022
ISUOG or SIEOG Member  € 400,00  € 450,00
Non member  € 500,00  € 550,00
Physician in training  € 200,00   € 250,00


Fees includes:

Congress attendance

Congress Kit

Coffee break & lunch

Simultaneous translation

Certificate of Attendance

ISUOG Certificate


Symposia Organizzazione Congressi Srl
Piazza Campetto 2/8 – 16123 Genova

Tel. 010 255146 r.a. – Fax 010 2770565

P.IVA 03849570100

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