February 2016

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.  

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Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Charles Sklar, MD

Dr. Charles Sklar is currently the Director of the Long-Term Follow-Up Program, an Attending Pediatrician and full Member, Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell College of Medicine, New York City. He has a long-standing research interest in the endocrine, metabolic and reproductive complications of cancer therapy in survivors of childhood cancer.

Dr. Sklar was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Conference and gave an exceptional lecture on Endocrine, Metabolic, and Reproductive Outcomes in Survivors of Childhood Cancer. To view this presentation, click here.

Bioethics Today Series: Parthenotes: Overlooked in the Ethics of Embryo Research Debate

We're delighted to begin 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).  

Global Partners Honored at Japan Society for Reproductive Psychology Conference

Members of the Japanese Society for Fertility Preservation were honored for their work at a conference in Japan on Sunday. Drs. Nao Suzuki, Kouhei Sugimoto, and Tomoe Koizumi attended the 13th Annual Japan Society for Reproductive Psychology Conference. Tomoe received an award for her oral presentation and Kouhei received a prize for his poster presentation. The JSFP has been an active member of the Oncofertility Global Partners Network and we are thrilled to share their success. Congratulations to Tomoe and Kouhei on a job well done!!

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Amander Clark, PhD

Dr. Amander Clark, PhD (Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Director of the Embryonic Stem Cell Derivation laboratory and Key member of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative and Stem Cell Research at the University of California Los Angeles) delivered a fantastic talk at the 2015 Conference. Her reserach focuses on on the use of pluripotent stem cells to understand the cell and molecular basis of human reproduction and embryo development, with a focus on germline epigenetic reprogramming.

To watch this talk in its entirety, click here.


National Conference on Work & Cancer

The Oncofertility Consortium is pleased to partner with Cancer and Careers on the 6th Annual National Conference on Work & Cancer on Friday, June 17th, 2016 in New York City! 

This FREE conference will explore the complexities working people face as they try to balance their cancer treatment and recovery with employment. Topics will include Job Search, Legal Issues, Health Insurance, Working During Treatment, and more. CEUs will be offered for oncology nurses and social workers. Travel scholarships are available! 

Presentations from the 2015 Conference- Advances in Vitrification of Ovarian Tissue and Follicles in Primates, Mary Zelinski, PhD

Dr. Mary Zelinski is an Associate Scientist in the Division of Reproductive & Developmental Sciences, and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University. Her research centers on understanding the development and function of primate ovarian follicles.   She is currently developing ovarian tissue vitrification and follicle culture as novel options for female fertility preservation.

To watch her talk at the 2015 Conference, click here.


In anticipation of next year's conference, we will be featuring one of the 2015 lectures each week. You can receive our blog and other oncofertility updates directly to your inbox by signing up!