Cancer patients are surviving their disease in increasing numbers, converting what was once a mortal diagnosis to a cure or a chronic illness. However, as survival rates increase, many patients are faced with off-target effects and complications of cancer treatment, including compromised reproductive function – ranging from destruction of gametes to the loss of pituitary and gonadal hormone production. It is in this setting that the discipline of Oncofertility emerged which blends the field of oncology with fertility. Oncofertility researchers are working toprovide information about the iatrogenic effects of drugs on reproductive organs and to develop strategies that will preserve and restore reproductive function. Advances in the oncology arena are being paralleled by those in reproductive medicine and science, which together are continuously improving and expanding the fertility preservation repertoire for men, women, and children. This lecture and case studies-based course bridges basic science and clinical knowledge, to expose students to the translational advances in the field of oncofertility and fertility preservation.
REPR_SCI 430: Translational Topics in Fertility Preservation and Oncofertility
Quarter: Spring 2021
Course Director: Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD
Location: Chicago Campus
This course provides students with professional and hands-on laboratory training and access to the most renowned experts in the field of oncofertility. Clinical and research training provides practical experience in the field and poises graduates to work in a number of roles in oncofertility and reproductive medicine upon completion of the program.
In additional to classroom and laboratory learning, the coursework is complimented with professional development opportunities, including the annual Oncofertility Conference, which gives students the chance to present their independent research during poster sessions and trainee podium talks, and provides further access to collaborate and network with experts in the field from around the globe.
Course topics include:
- Fertility preservation in different populations (adult women and men, pediatrics, transgender, and disorders of sex development (DSD) populations)
- Tissue/cell processing methods (gamete and gonad harvesting, processing, cryopreservation, and storage)
- Clinical care (patient navigation conversations, consults, cancer agent risk factors, psychological factors)
- Fundamental biology techniques (bioengineering gonadal bioprostheses, spheroids, microphysiologic platforms, follicle culture)
- Ethical issues in oncofertility
- Case studies
A basic understanding of cell and molecular biology is a prerequisite for this course in addition to prior completion of REPR_SCI 405 and REPR_SCI 407. Completion of REPR_SCI 440 is also required so that students are familiar with the lab techniques that will be discussed in this course.
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