2016 Oncofertility Conference

Expanding Access to Emerging and Existing Oncofertility Services

November 1-3, 2016
Prentice Women's Hospital, 250 E. Superior St., Third Floor, Chicago, IL 60611


Tuesday, November 1, 2016
 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.

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

Research Trainee Education- Bioengineering the Ovary (9:30am-12:00pm)
Dr. Woodruff and members of her team will lead this hands-on laboratory session. 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.

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

Global Partners (1:30pm – 3:15pm)
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

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Day 2

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

7:30AM          National Physicians Committee Breakfast and Leadership Meeting (Closed Session) 

8:00AM           Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30AM           Welcome

  • Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Teresa Almeida Santos, MD, Coimbra University
  • Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD, Albany Medical College

Basic Science/Transplant

9:00AM           Enhancing Follicle Transplantation for Fertility Preservation

  • Lonnie Shea, PhD, University of Michigan

9:30AM           Research and Translational Updates on Testicular Transplants to Restore Male Fertility

  • Christine Wyns, MD, PhD, Catholic University of Louvain

10:00AM         Uterus Transplantation: From Vision to Healthy Babies

  • Pernilla Dahm-Kähler, MD, PhD, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

10:30AM         Poster Session and Break

11:00AM         Resource Barriers to Oncofertility in Developing Countries: Challenges and Opportunities – Panel Session 

  • Moderator: Teresa Almeida Santos, MD, Coimbra University
  • Christos Coutifaris, MD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mahmoud Salama, MD, University of Cologne
  • María del Carmen Cravioto Galindo, MD, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

12:00PM         Lunch

Clinical Science

1:00PM           Ovarian Tissue Vitrification

  • Mary Zelinski, PhD, Oregon Health & Sciences University

1:45PM           In vitro culture of oocytes and risk for imprinting errors

  • Ellen Anckaert, PhD, UZ Brussels

2:15PM           Poster Session and Break

3:00PM          Stimulation in Adolescents: Biological and Psychological Considerations

  • Veronica Gomez-Lobo, MD, Children’s National Health System

3:30PM           Updates in Fertility Outcomes in Pediatric Cancer Survivors

  • Dan Mulrooney, MD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Keynote: Introduction by Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern University

4:00PM           Rescuing Ovarian Reserve from Chemotherapy Induced Follicle “Burn-out” using Pharmacological and Surgical Modalities

  • Dror Meirow, MD, Tel-Aviv University

5:15PM           Reception & Poster Review 


Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Day 3

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

8:30AM           Breakfast and Networking

Clinical Issues and Solutions

9:00AM           Fertility Preservation for Differences in Sex Development: An Emerging Field

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

9:30AM           Updates on Oncofertility Care of Pediatric Oncology Patients and their Families           

  • Lennie Sender, MD, Children’s Hospital of Orange County

10:00AM         Break 

10:15AM         Issues Concerning a Healthy Pregnancy in Breast Cancer Patients

  • Jacqueline Jeruss, MD, PhD, University of Michigan

10:45AM         The Cutting Edge of Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation: Technique Matters

  • Erin Rowell, MD, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

11:15AM         Role of Healthcare Providers in Oncofertility

  • Valerie Gillis, PA, Northwestern Medicine

11:45AM         Lunch

1:00PM           Discussions about Genetic Risk and Future Children: Perspectives from AYA Patients and Providers

  • Susan Vadaparamil, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center
  • Allison Goetsch, MS, CGC, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

1:30PM           Clinical Fertility Preservation: An Update

  • Mary Ellen Pavone, MD, MSCI, Northwestern Medicine

2:00PM           Psychological Counseling of Female Fertility Preservation Patients

  • Angela Lawson, PhD, Northwestern Medicine

2:30PM           Updates on Insurance and Reimbursement for Oncofertility Patients

  • Joyce Reinecke, JD, Alliance for Fertility Preservation

2:50PM           Barriers in Access to Reproductive Health in the United States

  • James Smith, MD, University of California, San Francisco

Updates from the Bench

3:15PM           NPC meets the Bench

  • Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern University
  • Kristin Smith, Patient Navigator, Northwestern Medicine