Blog

The Woodruff Lab contributes to the Women’s Health Research Institute and Oncofertility Consortium blogs. Read the latest information disseminated from these blogs below:  

The Return of Virtual Grand Rounds!

The Oncofertility Consortium is pleased to announce the revival of the Virtual Grand Rounds!! These monthly virtual meetings will embody the theme of the year: oncofertility in no-low resource settings. This series of talks will focus on the multifaceted approach to setting up an oncofertility practice, both domestically and aboard. These meetings were a huge success in the past and they enable sites to interact without  having to make expensive trips to Chicago.  The meetings begin on April 13, 2016 at 9am central time. Dr. Teresa Woodruff will give the first lecture: Educating a Globally Prepared Oncofertility Workforce.

To view the complete 2016-2017 series schedule and view previously recorded VGRs, click here. You will also find information on how to connect to the sessions using Adobe Connect technology.

 

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- James Smith, MD

James Smith, MD, was a featured speaker at the 2015 Oncofertility Consortium Conference to discuss fertility preservation in the male population. Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor and Director of the UCSF Male Reproductive Health practice where he cares for infertile men, boys and men needing fertility preservation, and men with erectile dysfunction and hypogonadism. Dr. Smith is expert in the use of minimally invasive vasectomy, microsurgical vasectomy reversal, sperm retrieval techniques, spermatic cord denervation, and varicocelectomy. His research program is devoted to helping men and boys with cancer become fathers after surviving cancer treatment and improving access to reproductive care.

To view his talk at the 2015 Conference, please click here.

Bioethics Today Series: Changing norms surrounding fatherhood and the importance of testicular tissue cryopreservation

We're delighted to continue our series highlighting reproductive medicine blog posts written by Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College for BIOETHICS TODAY.  Dr. Campo-Engelstein's main research areas include reproductive ethics (particularly contraception, oncofertility, birth, and embry and parthenote research), gender and medicine, cancer ethics, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica).  

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Irene Su, MD, MSCE, and Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD

The next presentations in our 2015 Oncofertility Conference series discuss the Medical and Ethical Considerations in Ovarian Stimulation of Adolescents. Dr. Irene Su, MD, MSCE presentation focused on the medical considerations and Dr. Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, discussed the ethical considerations.

Dr. Su is an Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of California, San Diego, where she directs the Fertility Preservation Program. Her current research focuses on estimating the reproductive window in female young adult cancer survivors. As well, she is testing a web-based intervention on sequelae of premature ovarian aging in young breast cancer survivors. She actively collaborates with the young adult cancer survivor community to conduct this research. 

Oncofertility Event in Lima, Peru

The Oncofertility Consortium is happy to announce an upcoming oncofertility event in Lima, Peru, which will be hosted by members of the Oncofertility Global Partners Network. Here is the announcement from Flor Sánchez:

The event, "VIII International Campus course: Updates on ART in the Andean Region Focus on Fertility preservation", organized by Johan Smitz, PhD (UZBRUSSEL/VUB - Belgium), Sergio Romero, PhD (CEFRA/BIOMER) and Flor Sánchez, PhD (BIOMER) - Peru, will be held on Lima, Peru on April, 14th - 16th.

The meeting will feature with lectures, hands on courses and symposiums about reproduction and fertility preservation topics and is addressed to Embryologists, biologists, medical technologists, obstetrician-gynecologists, medical oncologists, nurses, psychologists, professionals and students linked to ART and interested in the field of assisted reproduction.

Bioethics Today Series: Gametes or Organs: How Should We Legally Classify Ovaries Used for Transplantation?

Today we continue a new series highlighting reproductive medicine blog posts written by Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College for BIOETHICS TODAY.  Dr. Campo-Engelstein's main research areas include reproductive ethics (particularly contraception, oncofertility, birth, and embry and parthenote research), gender and medicine, cancer ethics, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica).  

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Clarisa Gracia, MD, MSCE

Clarisa Gracia, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinologist, University of Pennsylvania, delivered the first talk during the afternoon Clinical Research Updates session during the 2015 Oncofertility Conference. Her interests include the study of hormonal and symptomatic changes during the natural menopausal transition in female cancer patients. Specifically, she is evaluating fertility potential in pediatric and young adult female cancer survivors using pelvic ultrasonography and serum hormones. She is also investigating novel methods for fertility preservation in female cancer patients, including ovarian cryopreservation.

To view Dr. Gracia's talk at the conference, click here.

Bioethics Today Series: Why we Need Oversight for Egg Donation

We're delighted to continue a new series highlighting reproductive medicine blog posts written by Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College for BIOETHICS TODAY.  Dr. Campo-Engelstein's main research areas include reproductive ethics (particularly contraception, oncofertility, birth, and embry and parthenote research), gender and medicine, cancer ethics, and international bioethics (especially Costa Rica).  

Upcoming Opportunities with True North Treks

True North Treks is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors during their transition or "re-entry" from a cancer diagnosis and treatment to survivorship.  TNT is offering exciting opportunities for caregivers and survivors in 2016!  Between the end of May and mid-September True North Treks has some amazing week-long backpacking and canoeing treks lined up in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota and Utah.

New Publication on LGBTQ cancer survivors’ outlooks

There is an exciting new publication in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship from authors Andrea M. Russell, Kathleen M. Galvin, Maya M. Harper, and Marla L. Clayman.  The article, A comparison of heterosexual and LGBTQ cancer survivors' outlooks on relationships, family building, possible infertility, and patient-doctor fertility risk communication outlines their research to understand how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) cancer survivors are similar to or different from heterosexual survivors in terms of cancer treatments' effects on relationships, parenthood plans, and fertility preservation decision making.  

Access the PDF here: