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Reprotopia – Reproductive Knowledge for Lifelong Learners

 

Have you struggled with how to teach your children or students about reproductive health and puberty? Do you have questions about fertility or menopause? Reprotopia is an online resource that offers a wide range of free, scientifically accurate educational tools for people of all ages, “From K to Gray.”

The “New You, That’s Who” video series offers an entertaining take on reproductive education for children ages 10-14. The basics of anatomy, menstruation, and puberty are covered in animated, musical videos with a companion coloring book that can be downloaded in PDF format.

Day 1 Education Sessions

The first day of the 2017 Oncofertility Conference will consist of a number of education sessions. These smaller, more intimate sessions, will cover a variety of practical oncofertility topics and allow for maximum interaction among attendees. Many of the courses include a combination of lectures, extended question and answer sessions, and even some hands-on laboratory training. Attendees are able to personally connect with the leaders in the field and share their own experiences. Ultimately, these courses allow attendees to thoughtfully network with colleagues and identify opportunities for future projects and collaborations in both the basic science and clinical setting. 

Sessions this year include:

VGR Schedule Change

There has been a minor modification to the VGR schedule. The July VGR will now be held on July 26th at 9am central time. Joyce Reinecke, JD, from the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, will discuss advocacy and insurance during her talk. Click here to learn more about the VGRs!

Abstract Awards Available!

We are now accepting abstract submissions for the upcoming Oncofertility Conference!  Abstract submission deadline is September 29, 2017.  You will be notified on October 6th of acceptance.  Note that conference registration and attendance is required for all poster presenters.  

Abstract awards are available to the three strongest posters! All accepted abstracts will be reviewed by Oncofertility Consortium staff and three posters will be selected to receive a 2017 Oncofertility Consortium Abstract Award.  These abstract awardees will receive free registration.  Awardees will be notified on October 6th. 

Click here for poster requirements and to submit your abstract today! 

Notable Publications

Here are some new and notable publications from the field: 

In vitro maturation of human immature oocytes for fertility preservation and research material
H Shirasawa, Y Terada - Reproductive Medicine and Biology, 2017
In recent years, the importance of fertility preservation (FP) has increased. In vitro maturation (IVM), an important technique in FP, has started to be used in the clinic, but controversies persist regarding this technique. Here, a survey of IVM for FP is provided. 

First State to Cover Fertility Preservation

On June 20th, Connecticut passed bill HB 7124 which provides coverage of cryopreservation of eggs, sperm, or embryo for all patients facing a threat to fertility.  More specifically, the new law amends the definition of infertility and is extended to include those whom fertility services are medically necessary. 

ASRM sent out the following press release regarding this decision:

Statement of Richard J. Paulson, MD
President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fellow Education Day

The Oncofertility Consortium is excited to host its second annual Fellow Education Day during the 2017 Oncofertility Conference! This day-long course will be held on November 14 and will consist of four traditional lectures and two team-based learning exercises. The purpose of this course is to educate fellows on fertility preservation and survivorship care for cancer patients across the reproductive life cycle.  This course is primarily targeted towards first and second year fellows in the specialties of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Andrology and Male Infertility, as well as Pediatric and Adult Hematology/Oncology.  Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, or Internal Medicine with a particular interest in oncofertility are also welcome to attend. 

June VGR

Dr. Ralph Kazer delivered June's VGR "Fertility Preservation Strategies for Women About to Undergo Chemotherapy or Radiation Therapy" and this talk is now available online. Dr. Kazer is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. During his talk, Dr. Kazer discussed fertility preservation in women and offered advice for handling challenges, including having difficult conversations with newly diagnosed patients. Dr. Kazer suggested these consultations be short and concise to avoid information overload for the patient. He also presented his most frequently asked questions and provided his answers to these difficult questions. Thank you to Dr. Kazer for his excellent presentation. To view this presentation in its entirety, click here