The first day of the Oncofertility Conference, Tuesday, November 1, 2016, will consist of a variety of educational workshop sessions. These courses offer attendees the opportunity to attend smaller, more personal breakout sessions to gain a greater understanding of existing oncofertility services and how to expand and enrich their own programs at their home institutions.


Day 1 Education Sessions

Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:30 - 9:30am)

Fellow Education (9:30am – 3:00pm)
The purpose of the course is to educate fellows on fertility preservation options and survivorship care for cancer patients across the reproductive life cycle. The course will be comprised of didactic presentations given by leaders in the field interspersed with complex clinical cases that will be reviewed in interdisciplinary teams. 

  • Divya Shah, MD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Wendy Vitek, MD, University of Rochester

Male Oncofertility (9:30am – 3:00pm)
This session is designed to allow clinicians and researchers interested in male reproductive health and infertility to discuss current and future research endeavors through the NPC. The format of this session will include traditional lectures and Q&A discussion.

  • Kyle Orwig, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bob Brannigan, MD, Northwestern Medicine

Research Trainee Education- Bioengineering the Ovary (9:30am-12:00pm)
Attendees will learn about the most recent advances in bioengineering the artificial ovary and 3D printing technologies.

  • Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern University

Gender & Sex Diversity Fertility Preservation Workshop (12:30pm-3:00pm)
This meeting is designed to foster communication and discussion regarding fertility preservation in gender and disorders of sexual development populations. Attendees will include members of the NPC's Gender and Sex Diversity Subcommittee. 

  • Courtney Finlayson, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Global Partners (12:30pm – 3:00pm)
This annual meeting invites all international attendees to facilitate communication and collaboration amongst the Oncofertility Global Partners Network. Presenters will give updates on recent advances at their home institutions and other Global Partners projects will be discussed and opportunities for future collaborations will be explored.

  • Teresa Almeida Santos, MD, Coimbra University
  • Claudia Melo, PhD, Coimbra University
  • Kouhei Sugimoto, MD, Jikei University of Medicine
  • Ronald Barr, MD, McMaster University

Research Project Development (12:30pm – 3:00pm)
This session will focus on research project development from the initial idea to the grant and beyond. Speakers will discuss their own experiences and how to translate their ideas to practically funded research projects.

  • Sana Salih, MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Francesca Duncan, PhD, Northwestern University

Pediatric Initiative Network – Issues and Opportunities (3:30pm–5:00pm)
This is the annual in-person meeting of the NPC's Pediatric Initiative Network (PIN). This session is designed to help clinicians and researchers interested in pediatrics to share best practices and discuss potential research endeavors in the field.

  • Leslie Appiah, MD, University of Kentucky
  • Yasmin Gosiengfiao, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

FP Program Development and Implementation (3:30pm – 5: 00pm)
This meeting will be lead by some of the most prominent patient navigators in the country and will allow for an extended discussion among attendees regarding setting up a successful fertility preservation program. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for an extensive Q&A session.

  • Kristin Smith, Patient Navigator, Northwestern Medicine
  • Val Gillis, PA, Northwestern Medicine
  • Olivia Jaworek Frias, RN, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Humanities and Ethics Discussion (3:30-5:00)
Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the field, this session will focus on the ethical and religious considerations of oncofertility and fertility preservation. The three speakers will discuss their recent work together regarding the religious landscape surrounding medical interventions for cancer patients.

  • Laurie Zoloth, PhD, Northwestern Medicine
  • Cristina Traina, PhD, Northwestern Medicine
  • Caroline Bledsoe, PhD, Northwestern Medicine