September 2018

Lurie Cancer Center STAR Program Receives First-Ever FIERCE Award for Survivorship from the Biden Cancer Initiative

Exciting news from our colleagues at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. Their STAR Program (Survivors Taking Action & Responsibility), which is a clinical, research and education program for adult survivors of childhood cancer, received the inaugural FIERCE Award for Survivorship from the Biden Cancer Initiative, recognizing and celebrating the program’s “transformative impact on the lives of cancer patients.”  Dr. Aarati Didwania, MD, MSCI, associate professor of Medicine and a physician with decades of experience in cancer survivorship, and Karen Kinahan, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, a nurse practitioner with expertise in the late effects of childhood cancer, received the award on behalf of the STAR Program from Jill and Joe Biden. Congratulations to all of those who work at the STAR Program and the RHLCCC on this honor! 

SREI Fellow Education Day Awards Now Available

This year, thanks to funding from the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI),  the Oncofertility Consortium has secured funding for five REI fellows to attend the 3rd annual Fellow Education Day at the Oncofertility Conference.  Each award is $1000 and should be used to offset registration fees and partial travel and lodging costs to attend the meeting.

Application deadline is September 30th.  All applications will be reviewed by Oncofertility Consortium staff and Fellow Education Day coordinators and recipients will be notified of award by October 15th. 

In order to be eligibile for the award, applicants must include the following:

Welcome to the Chinese Fertility Preservation Society, Newest Member of OPEN

On August 18th and 19th, Dr. Shuo Xiao, an Assistant Professor from University of South Carolina and also the current member of Oncofertility Consortium, was invited to give a talk at the Chinese Fertility Preservation Society (CFPS) 2nd Annual Meeting in Shanghai, China. Dr. Xiao introduced the framework and clinical and research advances of the Oncofertility Consortium and also talked about his research on how to use the newly developed bioengineering technologies to establish the female reproductive organ-on-a-chip.