Dr. Woodruff to highlight Oncofertility in the McCormick School of Engineering/Feinberg School of Medicine Dean's Grand Challenge Lecture Series


Join Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, Feinberg School of Medicine, for a discussion about the preservation of fertility options for young people with cancer. Cancer is now a disease with a variety of treatment options, which are leading to longer and more productive lives by survivors. Globally, there are 10 million people diagnosed with cancer. 10% of these newly diagnosed men and women are under the age of 45 years old. Infertility can be a consequence of many of the more aggressive chemo- and radiation therapies that prolong and save lives.

Effective fertility-extending options can be provided to young women undergoing life-preserving cancer treatment. The purpose of Dr. Woodruff's work is to bring physicians, medical ethicists, social scientists and basic scientists together to develop new strategies for fertility preservation for female cancer survivors under the new discipline of oncofertility.

A reception with Dr. Woodruff, hosted by the NUCATS Institute, will immediately follow the lecture.

Dr. Woodruff is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Fertility Preservation, Director, The Oncofertility Consortium and Executive Director, Institute for Women’s Health Research.



About the Dean's Grand Challenge Lecture Series in Medicine and Engineering

The 2009-2010 inaugural season spans topics ranging from neurobiology and nanomechanics, to cell-based therapies for heart disease to oncofertility and more. The series is free and open to all members of the Northwestern community. Events will take place on the Chicago and Evanston campuses, and will include a lecture, Q&A and post-event reception hosted by the NUCATS Institute intended to further collaborative discussions.



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