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CRS and the Oncofertility Consortium gathers around the globe for a day of science

oc-meeting-2021.jpgOn March 5, 2021, the Center for Reproductive Science, in collaboration with the Oncofertility Consortium, hosted a day-long virtual meeting with the theme of “Oncofertility Around the Globe” to highlight ongoing international clinical care and translational research in the fields of oncofertility and fertility preservation. This was truly a global event—we had 762 total participants from 57 countries and 37 speakers who represented six continents and 17 countries. The event offered opportunities for attendees to learn about cutting-edge research and clinical advances from around the globe, and also offered attendees the opportunity to network, interact, and convene in chat rooms, albeit in a virtual setting.

Dr. Francesca Duncan, CRS Co-Director, and Lauren Ataman-Millhouse, CRS Program Administrator, served as the co-chairs and organizers of the event. The event showcased 37 total talks organized by two tracks and within each track, there were six concurrent sessions where three speakers delivered twenty-minute talks. Each session concluded with a 15-minute Q&A and discussion period. The tracks were organized with talks from speakers from the United States and from six other continents including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Australia and featured talks from 37 speakers over the course of a day. The speakers presented on a variety of topics from basic science research, to clinical advances, to program building and development across the globe, and even discussed ethical considerations in the field. Some of the topics covered included in vitro activation, ovarian tissue transplant, ovarian tissue cryopreservation in aging, live births, testicular tissue transplantation, fertoprotective agents, program development in low resource settings, and ethical decisions in fertility preservation. The virtual format of the coc-platform-2021.jpgconference allowed for even more participants from around the globe. The virtual conference was presented completely free of charge and the new virtual format allowed attendees more flexibility to participate at their own convenience. All conference content was made available on-demand for 90 days after the conclusion of the meeting.

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic prohibited us from being physically together this year, this virtual event allowed for the interdisciplinary community of oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, research scientists, allied health professionals, humanities scholars, students, advocates, and patients to participate in this cutting-edge field. The meeting provided an accessible platform for international oncofertility leaders and those new to the field to share their perspectives, discoveries, and vision for the field of fertility preservation from basic science, translational, and clinical angles.

If you registered for the event, you can access all content by simply log in to the virtual conference site (oncofertility.vfairs.com) and view recordings of the presentations and continue to network with your colleagues in the online chatrooms.