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2018 Oncofertility Conference Program

The 2018 Oncofertility Conference is just one month away and we are all looking forward to this year's exciting agenda and conference program. In anticipation of the conference, we will be featuring our speakers and other information about the conference in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned! 

In the meantime, be sure to register for the conference! Registration will close on November 1. 

Atsuko Kusuhara Wins Prize from the Asian Society for Fertility Preservation

On September 22-23rd in New Delhi, India, the Asian Society for Fertility Preservation (ASFP) and the Fertility Preservation Society (India) (FPSI) hosted their second annual joint Congress of the ASFP & FERTIPROTECT. At this meeting, Dr. Atsuko Kusuhara, an alumna of the Masters of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine program at Northwestern University, delivered an oral presentation for which she received 1st prize honors for her work. Congratulations to Atsuko for this great accomplishment! A special thanks as well for both the ASFP and FPSI for hosting this successful event and working together to convene members of the global oncofertility community. 

Eileen McMahon named Vice President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS)

An exciting OPEN announcement from our partners in Canada. Eileen McMahon, a nurse practitioner at Mount Sinai Fertility in Toronto was recently named the Vice President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS). This is the first time a nurse has held this position. Eileen McMahon is a Nurse Practitioner at Mount Sinai Fertility and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Eileen graduated from the University of Toronto with a baccalaureate degree in Nursing Science, a Masters in Nursing, and a postMaster’s Nurse Practitioner degree. She is involved in all aspects of fertility nursing, but focuses primarily on fertility preservation for oncology and gender diverse individuals. Eileen was recently appointed Vice President of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) by the CFAS Board of Directors, and the decision was ratified by the CFAS membership.

Lurie Cancer Center STAR Program Receives First-Ever FIERCE Award for Survivorship from the Biden Cancer Initiative

Exciting news from our colleagues at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Their STAR Program (Survivors Taking Action & Responsibility), which is a clinical, research and education program for adult survivors of childhood cancer, received the inaugural FIERCE Award for Survivorship from the Biden Cancer Initiative, recognizing and celebrating the program’s “transformative impact on the lives of cancer patients.”  Dr. Aarati Didwania, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine and a physician with decades of experience in cancer survivorship, and Karen Kinahan, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner with expertise in the late effects of childhood cancer, received the award on behalf of the STAR Program from Jill and Joe Biden. Congratulations to all of those who work at the STAR Program and the RHLCCC on this honor! 

SREI Fellow Education Day Awards Now Available

This year, thanks to funding from the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI),  the Oncofertility Consortium has secured funding for five REI fellows to attend the 3rd annual Fellow Education Day at the Oncofertility Conference.  Each award is $1000 and should be used to offset registration fees and partial travel and lodging costs to attend the meeting.

Application deadline is September 30th.  All applications will be reviewed by Oncofertility Consortium staff and Fellow Education Day coordinators and recipients will be notified of award by October 15th. 

In order to be eligibile for the award, applicants must include the following:

Welcome to the Chinese Fertility Preservation Society, Newest Member of OPEN

On August 18th and 19th, Dr. Shuo Xiao, an Assistant Professor from University of South Carolina and also the current member of Oncofertility Consortium, was invited to give a talk at the Chinese Fertility Preservation Society (CFPS) 2nd Annual Meeting in Shanghai, China. Dr. Xiao introduced the framework and clinical and research advances of the Oncofertility Consortium and also talked about his research on how to use the newly developed bioengineering technologies to establish the female reproductive organ-on-a-chip.

Governor Rauner to Sign HB 2617- Providing Insurance Coverage for Oncofertility Patients in IL

On August 27, 2018, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will sign in to law HB2617, which will ensure insurance covereage for oncofertility and fertility preservation patients. Illinois will join five other states that have passed similar legislation. This is a huge milestone for the field and on behalf of the Oncofertility Consortium, we congratulate the advocates, patients, and others who worked tirelessly to make sure this important bill was signed in to law.  A special thanks to our own Kristin Smith and Megan Connolly who attended multiple hearings, appeared multiple times before the House and Senate, and shared their personal stories to move this important issue forward. They are outstanding advocates and representatives for the entire field and none of this would have been possible without their dedication and hardwork. 

Simplify Cancer Podcast: Your Fertility Options Before Treatment

Dr. Mahmoud Salama, an active member of the Oncofertility Consortium and OPEN, recently represented the Consortium during a podcast interview where he discussed fertility preservation options for cancer patients. The interview appeared on the Simplify Cancer Podcast, a podcast for cancer patients and survivors that features a cancer fighter, survivor, or medical expert each episode. During the podcast, Dr. Salama discussed raising oncofertility awareness among patients and detailed the available fertility preservation options for both men and women. Click here to listen to the podcast in its entirety.