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

National Physicians Cooperative

Connecting clinicians and researchers is paramount to the success of translational research within the Oncofertility Consortium.  In order to facilitate the translation from bench to bedside to babies, the Oncofertility Consortium created the National Physicians Cooperative (NPC).  The NPC is a nationwide network of centers dedicated to preserving the fertility of their patients.  Patients with cancer and other serious diseases whose progression or treatment is likely to impair fertility can receive access to the most up to date treatments and clinical research at NPC member sites.  

Postdoctoral Position in Pediatric Fertility and Hormone Preservation and Restoration

Dr. Monica Laronda, formally a postdoc in the Woodruff Lab, is looking for a postdoc to join the Laronda Lab. Below is the job posting. Contact Dr. Laronda for further details.

Postdoctoral Position in Pediatric Fertility and Hormone Preservation and Restoration

A POSTDOCTORAL POSITION is available to study models for restoring fertility and hormone function. The candidate will use piglet models, ovarian follicle culture, physiology assays, and imaging, stem cell and molecular biology techniques to investigate these models. Highly motivated candidates who recently obtained a PhD or MD degree and have a strong background in primary cell culture techniques and analysis should apply.

Interested individuals should send their curriculum vitae, a brief description of their research interests, and the names of three references to:

Endocrine Abnormalities Reported in Aging Childhood Cancer Survivors

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports endocrine abnormalities in aging childhood cancer survivors. The study, a part of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study,  found "cumulative incidence and prevalence of endocrine abnormalities increased across the lifespan of survivors and risk was significantly higher in survivors exposed to high-risk therapies". Researchers conluded "endocrinopathies in survivors increased substantially over time, underscoring the need for lifelongsubspecialty follow-up of those at risk." 

Read the article in its entirety here:

Watch Archived Media

The Oncofertility Consortium hosts a variety of activities both in-person and online. In order to create enduring educational materials, the OC archives media from all its events and meetings. Previously recorded videos from Virtual Grand Rounds, Oncofertility Conferences, and other training materials are available online to view anytime, from anywhere! Navigating media is easy using the filter feature at the top of the page. To browse archived media and view previously recorded presentations, click here. 

Support Oncofertility Federal Government Changes in Australia

Dr. Antoinette Anazodo, Director of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer at the Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children's Hospital, and member of the Oncofertility Global Partners Network, is asking for support for Oncofertility Federal government changes in Australia. Below is a message from Dr. Anazodo regarding this important call to action. Please consider submitting a comment in support of these initiatives. It is important for members of the OC to support such initiatives not only to strengthen our network, but also to improve patient care all over the world. For any further questions, feel free to contact Antoinette Anazodo> directly. Note these comments are due July 15, 2016.

Zika Virus Concerns Grow as Olympics Approach

This year, the Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, throughout the month of August. However, several athletes, coaches, staff, and journalists have decided to stay home this year, citing concerns for Zika virus infection. Brazil is currently experiencing a Zika virus outbreak with over 148,00 suspected cases of Zika virus disease as of May 2016 [1]. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Zika virus disease is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and can cause symptoms such as fever, rash, and joint pain. While in a healthy individual, Zika virus disease may only cause a mild illness, less is known about its effects in the elderly, immunocompromised, and those with underlying health problems. Perhaps most concerning is the risk of associated birth defects, such as microcephaly, which can occur if a pregnant woman is infected with Zika virus.

Discussing Oncofertility in Uruguay and the Start of a New Local Network

On June 20th, representatives from the Latin America Oncofertility Global Partners Network met with other reproductive medicine specialists and oncologists at a conference in Uruguay to discuss fertility preservation options for cancer patients and the expasion of the Global Partners Network to Uruguay. Dr. Jhenifer Rodrigues shared her experiences about the event below. Congratulations to the team on their hard work. Networking is vital to the success and growth of the OC and we are so happy to have such strong ambassadors in the field throughout South America!

From Dr. Jhenifer Rodrigues, Founder and Director of the Latin America Oncofertility Global Partners Network

New Publication from Global Partner

Dr. Mahmoud Salama, Assistant Professor, Professorship-Fellow at Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Germany, who is also an Oncofertility Global Partners Network representative from Egypt and Germany, recently published an article in Clinical Reviews of Oncology/Hematology. The article 'Updates in preserving reproductive potential of prepubertal girls with cancer: Systematic review' appears in the July issue of the journal and discusses the advantages and disadvantages associated with fertility preservation options for prepubertal girls.  Ultimately, the authors offer insights on the best FP options for prepubertal girls and and further discuss some medical and ethical considerations, as well. Below is the abstract.

Fellow Education Day

This year, the Oncofertility Consortium will host its inaugural Fellow Education Day during Day 1 of the Annual Oncofertility Conference on November 1, 2016.  The purpose of the course is to educate fellows on fertility preservation options and survivorship care for cancer patietns across the reproductive life cycle.  The course will model a team approach to fertility preservation care.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to: