Bioethical perspectives on new developments in non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) 

Prenatal diagnosis of unborn children offers the opportunity to identify and in the future treat disorders in utero. Fetuses can be examined by analyzing the blood of their mothers for biomarkers or informative DNA. NIPD is practiced in the Nordic countries, but the type and extent of its use varies by and within countries.

This session focuses on the bioethical principles at stake in NIPD, from the perspective of the parents, the unborn child, the health care system, and society. The session highlights decisions facing parents and health care professionals, in the context of ethical principles of autonomy, prevention of harm, and diversity. 

The session is a part of the World medical association conference on medical ethics. Participation requires that you are registered for the conference. See the WMA webpages for more information.

Programme 

October 3, 13:00-17:00.

13:00   Introduction

13:10   Keynote: Categories of NIPT: promises and challenges 

Angus Clarke (School of Medicine, Cardiff University) 

13:45   Ethical controversies in NIPT

            Bjørn Hoffman (Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Oslo University). 

14:05   Short break 

14:15   How is NIPD practiced and regulated in the Nordic countries? A comparative overview

   Erik Iwarsson (Karolinska University Hospital) 

14:35   Ethical challenges in genetic counselling in relation to prenatal testing

            Hulda Hjartardóttir (National University Hospital of Iceland) 

14:55   Break 

15:15   The ethics of NIPT from the point of view of Down syndrome families

              Karina Rhiger (Danish National Association for Downs syndrome) 

15:35   NIPT: Fetal “screening” or “reproductive choice”? 

   Ástríður Stefánsdóttir (University of Iceland)

15:55   Short break 

16:05   Benefits of NIPT now and in the future.

            Christina Fagerberg (Odense University Hospital). 

16:25   Panel – Speakers 

17:00   End

The session is a part of the World medical association conference on medical ethics. Participation requires that you are registered for the conference. See the WMA webpages for more information.