Oncofertility is a new field of medicine that addresses issues of future child-bearing and quality of life concerns of young cancer patients. Several years ago, the NIH funded a multi-center, interdisciplinary grant to explore and investigate these important issues, including the creation of an outreach educational program in cancer and reproductive science for high school girls. An academic curriculum was initially established at Northwestern University, Oregon National Primate Research Center, and the University of California, San Diego. These were later joined by teaching programs at University of Pennsylvania and the University of Colorado. The impetus of the NIH grant has allowed each institution, including UCSD, to carry forward this important teaching effort. The primary objective of this educational program is to attract, prepare and retain girls in science majors and careers.
Oncofertility Science Academy at UC San Diego, Summer 2013