2018 Oncofertility Consortium Conference
November 13-15, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Bridging the Gaps in Oncofertility Research and Clinical Care: A Global Initiative

Conference Co-Chairs: Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, Clarisa Gracia, MD, Antoinette Anazodo, MD

Day 1: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
8:00am – 7:00pm


  • 8:00 – 8:30AM Registration: Continental Breakfast and Networking
  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome: Year in Review:  Oncofertility Around the Globe

    Conference Chairs:    Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern University

    Clarisa Gracia, MD, University of Pennsylvania

    Antoinette Anazodo, MD, Sydney Children's Hospital & Prince of Wales Hospital

Basic Science Morning Session

  • 9:00 – 9:45 AM Karla Hutt, PhD, Monash University, Australia 
    Radiation and Chemotherapy-Induced Cell Death Pathways in the Oocyte
  • 9:45 – 10:30 AM Chas Easley, PhD, University of Georgia, USA
    Modeling Multi-generational Impacts of Paternal Preconception Exposures
  • 10:30 – 11:15 AM Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Northwestern University, USA 
    Engineering Reproduction
  • 11:15 – 11:45 AM So-Youn Kim, PhD, Northwestern University, USA
    New Discoveries Driving Oncofertility Research and Practice
  • 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM Lunch, Networking, Poster Set-up 

Afternoon Clinical Session

  • 1:15 – 2:00 PM Lynn Westphal, MD, Stanford University, USA 
    Fresh vs. Frozen Embryo Transfer Outcomes
  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM Clarisa Gracia, MD, University of Pennsylvania, USA 
    Ovarian Tissue Transplant Techniques
  • 2:45 – 3:30 PM Break and Poster Review
  • 3:30 – 4:30 PM Day 1 Keynote: Richard Anderson, MD, PhD, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
    The Impact of Cancer Treatment on Female Fertility: Achieving Pregnancy and Live Birth
  • 4:30 – 5:00 PM Sponsor and Advocacy Highlights, Patient Perspectives 
  • 5:00 – 7:00PM Reception and Networking 

Day 2: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:00am – 7:00pm


  • Pediatric Initiative Meeting (7:00 - 8:00 AM)
    Located in Conferenece Room L South
  • Continental Breakfast and Networking (8:00 – 8:30 AM)

Morning Translational Session

  • 8:30 – 9:45 AM Emilie Johnson, MD, MPH and Courtney Finlayson, MD, Northwestern University, USA
    Panel Discussion: Approach to Fertility Potential and Preservation for Individuals with Differences in Sex Development
  • 9:45 – 10:30 AM James Smith, MD, University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Fertility Restoration for Children, Adolescents, Transgender Youth, and Young Adults
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AM Divya Shah, MD, University of Pennsylvania, and Wendy Vitek, MD, University of Rochester
    Fellow Education in Oncofertility
  • 11:00 – 11:30 AM Kristin Smith, Northwestern University, USA and Jenna Benn Shersher, Twist Out Cancer
    Patient Navigation and Patient Perspective 
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM John Salsman, PhD, Wake Forest University, USA
    Fertility Preservation Decision-Making: Qualitative Approaches to Understanding Patient and Provider Communication
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch & Networking

Afternoon Translational Session

  • 1:00 – 1:45PM Jennifer Levine, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
    Fertility Preservation Guidelines 
  • 1:45 – 2:30 PM Antoinette Anazodo, MD, Sydney Children's Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, Australia
    The Development of an International Oncofertility Competency Framework to Improve the Implementation of Oncofertility Care
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM Break and Poster Review
  • 3:30 – 4:30PM Day 2 Keynote: Lillian Meacham, MD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, USA
    Infertility Risk Communication: It doesn’t matter what you say…it matters what they hear
  • 5:00 – 7:00PM Dinner at Dr. Woodruff’s House 

Day 3: Thursday, November 15, 2018
8:00am – 3:00pm

Oncofertility Applied Learning Sessions 

Continental Breakfast- 7:30-8:00am- 3rd Floor, Harris Atrium

Fellow Education Symposium- 8:00am – 3:00pm- Conference Room L North
This course is designed to educate clinical fellows on fertility preservation options and survivorship care for cancer patients across the reproductive life cycle.
Course Directors: Divya Shah, MD, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Wendy Vitek, MD, University of Rochester, USA

Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Considerations in Fertility Preservation- 8:00-11:00am- Conference Room L South
This session focuses on the legal, ethical, and cultural considerations of fertility preservation and oncofertility practice around the globe.
Moderator: Lisa Campo-Engelstein, Albany Medical College, USA

Lunch- 11:00-12:00pm- 3rd Floor, Harris Atrium

Fertility Preservation Case Studies- 12:00-3:00pm- Conference Room L South
This session examines a variety of case studies in female, male, and pediatric oncofertility to provide instructive examples and suggested course of action for unique fertility preservation cases.
Moderator: Laxmi Kondapalli, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, USA

Existing and Emerging Techniques in Reproductive Health – 12:00-3:00pm- Woodruff Lab, 303 E. Superior St., First Floor and 10th Floor
(You will be escorted to the Woodruff Lab for this session. Meet at the registration tables at 11:45am for escort.)
This hands-on laboratory session will teach attendees about the most recent advances in ovarian tissue transplant, 3D bioplotting and EVATAR.
Moderators: Teresa K. Woodruff, Francesca E. Duncan, and Woodruff Lab, Northwestern University, USA