May VGR Now Online

The May VGR, delivered by Dr. Angela Lawson, is now available online. Dr. Lawson's talk Balancing Hope and Loss: Psychological Aspects of Gamete Cryopreservation in Cancer Patients explored the psychological aspects of infertility and oncofertility and she discussed her approach to counseling these patients. There were a number of engaging questions at the end of the presentation, which created an exciting dialogue between Drs. Lawson and Woodruff. To view this presentation in its entirety, click here. 

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World Lupus Day 2017

Wednesday, May 10th was World Lupus Day and the Oncofertility Consortium would like to take the time to highlight the fertility needs of young women with lupus and the Northwestern treatment team that manages the disease and the fertility/endocrine needs of our patients.  

2017 Oncofertility Conference Agenda Now Available!

The agenda for the 2017 Oncofertility Conference is now online! We are so excited to host the 11th annual meeting of the field on November 14-16, 2017 in Chicago, IL. The agenda is filled with a full-day of education sessions including a hands-on training course and a variety of breakout sessions, followed by two full days of exciting lectures highlighting recent scientific breakthroughs and advances in the clinic. View the complete agenda here

April VGR: Oncofertility in Brazil and Latin America

On Wednesday, April 12, Dr. Jhenifer Rodrigues, who founded the Brazilian Oncofertility Consortium and subsequently, the Latin American Oncofertility Network, delivered the VGR. Her talk, The Oncofertility Field Expansion throughout Brasil and Latin America, gave an overview of oncofertility practices in Central and South America and she explained how she started the Latin America Network and the programs they offer. The VGR is now available for anyone to view online at anytime. Click here to watch this presentation in its entirety! 

Publication in PNAS

Dr. Francesca Duncan and her colleagues recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 

This paper "mTORC1/2 Inhibition Preserves Ovarian Function and Fertility during Genotoxic Chemotherapy" is significant for the following reasons: "A major unresolved issue for premenopausal women undergoing chemotherapy is infertility due to the loss of nonrenewable ovarian primordial follicles. We show that pharmacologic down-regulation of the mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway during chemotherapy in a mouse model prevents activation of primordial follicles, preserves ovarian function, and maintains normal fertility using clinically available inhibitors of mTOR complex (C)1 and mTORC1/2. These findings represent a feasible pharmacologic approach for preservation of ovarian function and fertility during treatment with conventional chemotherapy."

New Report in Toxicological Sciences

Drs. Teresa Woodruff and Shuo Xiao recently published in Toxicological Sciences, which is one of the top journals in toxicology field. This paper examined doxorubicin and its effect on follicle function and oocyte health. Here is more information about the paper from its author Dr. Shuo Xiao: