Saturday Academy Is TV Feature
Oncofertility—the intersection of oncology and reproductive medicine—is a new, rapidly advancing field. WGN-TV recently featured the Feinberg School’s Oncofertility Saturday Academy, a two-year science program offered in conjunction with the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago focused on exposing young minority women to careers in science.
The academy is part of the Oncofertility Consortium headed by Teresa Woodruff, PhD, chief of the Feinberg School’s fertility preservation division and the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The consortium is a $21-million research, clinical, and education program targeting fertility threats posed by cancer treatment.
The Illinois State Women’s Health Registry, a project of the Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern, is also featured in the segment. The registry was developed to encourage researchers to focus on women’s health topics and to give women living in Illinois the chance to be part of university-sponsored research studies and clinical trials. The registry links women interested in participating in innovative research projects with scientists and physicians who are seeking women for their studies. The information collected also helps researchers analyze health status and trends in Illinois women.