Jacqueline Kestler

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

This week, The Washington Post shed light on a section of the health care reform law that directly impacts breast cancer research in young women in terms of desired outcomes and available funding.  Between 2010 and 2014, the law allocates 9 million dollars...

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A court ruling last week revived the long-running stem cell debate yet again. In 2001, President Bush allowed federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research on cell lines that were developed before 2001. After taking office, President Obama issued an executive order to remove such...

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An international collaboration between cancer organizations is launching the International Charter of Rights for Young People with Cancer. This group is leveraging their influence to improve cancer diagnosis and treatment for young people. The Huffington Post recently posted an article on the...

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We posted last week on the Cancer Rights Conference in Chicago, Illinois hosted by the Disability Legal Resource Center. The health care reform bill was one of the most discussed topics at the conference. Formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the bill instates changes in...

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The FDA recently changed its stance on genetic testing that individuals can carry out in their own homes. People who want these genetics tests send DNA samples through “spit kits” to the laboratories that provide such services. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not previously regulate in-...

Sarah B Rodriguez

On May 6, 2010, the Pew Research Center released a study on changes in the demographics of motherhood in the United States. Comparing data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Census Bureau from 1990 and 2008, the “The New Demography of American Motherhood” noted several...

Sarah B Rodriguez

Last month, the Institute of Medicine issued a report on the state of clinical cancer trials in the United States.  The report, A National Cancer Clinical Trials System for the 21st Century: Reinvigorat­ing the NCI Cooperative Group Program, reviewed the process of the trials and the stakeholders...

Miranda Bernhardt

Mouse 2-cell embryo Photo: Miranda Bernhardt

The options available to couples facing infertility are increasing, whether or not a cancer diagnosis is involved.  Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), are becoming more and more common, and millions of...

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HemOnc Today has published a nice article discussing what responsibility the oncologist has in informing the patient about his/her fertility risks and potential for preservation. The article cites the most recent American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) meeting, which found that only...

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Teresa Woodruff, director of the Oncofertility Consortium, was interviewed on WGN-TV, Chicago about follicle maturation for cancer and fertility research.

In the video interview from August 5th, Teresa talks about isolating individual follicle cells and storing them in a 3D gel similar to the ovary...

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An article on infertility and religion in the context of Oncofertility came out today on the Medill Reports Web site. In "Reconciling religion and infertility," Alina Dain uses the discussions from the Second Annual Oncofertility Summit to explain the different points of view various religions have...

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A magazine in Brazil, "Isto É," highlighted the Oncofertility Consortium's research in an article entitled "Depois do câncer, a chance de ter filhos: Tratamentos de reproduçaõ assistida permitem aos pacientes realizar o sonho da gravidez" (A chance at having children after cancer: Assisted...

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The OSA counterpart in San Diego, the Be WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) Young Women in Cancer Research Oncofertility Academy, was highlighted in the Del Mar Times. Twelve young women representing 10 high schools were at the event on July 25 to learn about Oncofertility...

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WIRED magazine ran a story last week based on the research article published in the journal Human Reproduction received many comments.

"A Fertility First: Human Egg Cells Grow Up in Lab" written by Hadley Leggett has already gotten 18 comments on the WIRED Web site. People were interested to learn...

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Jim Kirkwood from K-Talk on KTKK-AM, a radio station in Salt Lake City, mentioned Teresa Woodruff and our Oncofertility research during his 10pm show on July 14th.

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The recent study that came out in the journal Human Reproduction (see previous posts on NIH news release and Northwestern NewsCenter article) has gained media attention in India. The Web site MedIndia.net featured an article on it today. To read it, click here.

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Read more about the study in Human Reproduction that was mentioned in the NIH news release today on the Northwestern University NewsCenter Web site here.

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Look out for a broadcast today on CNN Radio about Oncofertility!

Also, check out WIRED for an interview!

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Today the National Institutes of Health published a news released based on an article about Oncofertility research from the journal Human Reproduction "In vitro grown human ovarian follicles from cancer patients support oocyte growth" by Min Xu, Susan Barrett, Erin West-Farrell, Laxmi Kondapalli, ...

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Lonnie Shea, PhD

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Lonnie Shea here. I am the bioengineer that runs the biomaterials core and have been collaborating with Teresa Woodruff for the past 8 years on the development of the culture system for ovarian follicles. This culture system is the technology that can enable frozen tissue to...

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