Basic Science and Clinical Medicine Research
The Oncofertility Consortium® has made instrumental basic science breakthroughs in follicle biology, and ongoing efforts are underway to translate these successes into clinical practice. We developed a novel alginate hydrogel-based in vitro follicle culture system that maintains the follicle's three-dimensional architecture as it grows. This culture system, which was first optimized in a mouse model system, results in fertilization-competent female gametes that are capable of giving rise to live offspring. We have extended this in vitro culture system to other species and have successfully cultured nonhuman primate and human follicles. A major goal of the Division of Fertility Preservation of Northwestern is to disseminate key resources to researchers worldwide so that we can continually broaden our research horizons. Here you will find Oncofertility-related basic science and clinical medicine research resources including our key methods, protocols, publications, presentations, and videos.
Did you know that cancer treatments can affect the fertility of men, women, and children? Fertility preservation methods are most effective when used before cancer treatments begin.
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If you are a researcher, explore the following pages to find out more about the Oncofertility Consortium’s research endeavors, access up-to-date Oncofertility-related techniques and protocols, browse our most recent publications, and search our media archives