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Protection of Fertility

The Launch of a Special Interest Group in Fertility Preservation

By Dr Catharyn Stern

The first business meeting of the Special Interest Group in FPS, attended by 46 hardy individuals, was held on Tuesday 21st of October, 2008 during the FSA annual meeting in Brisbane, Australia. We identified a number of aims for the Group, including: (1) promoting a general improvement in FPS laboratory protocols, (2) organizing focused meetings/workshops to evaluate new analytical approaches that might be used in laboratories and in surgery, (3) facilitating collaborative research and (4) improving communication and education among societies and groups with interests relevant to Fertility Preservation. Our most recent initiative is to develop a National Database to collect and share a register of information that will allow rigorous and thorough evaluation of various techniques and approaches and the implementation of any new developments in the area.

Thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of committed members, we envisage collaborative contributions from Oncologists Fertility Specialists, Andrologists, Nursing Staff and Scientists in the field of Fertility preservation in the near future.

Catharyn Stern