"We merged micro imaging with video conferencing, and this allows scientists in (the Oncofertility Consortium) to contact a researcher in countries like Austria or Brussels," said Kate Timmerman, program director for the Oncofertility Consortium, which partnered with NUIT to develop the software.
The Consortium began using iExperiment
last year to fulfill the need to connect the large oncofertility community and speed the pace of research on a global scale, Timmerman
"Distance is a barrier to discussions around the country and around the world," Timmerman
"With video sharing, we can actually share micro imaging and talk about the cells on the screen they're investigating as it's evolving."
Three years ago, the Oncofertility Consortium
approached NUIT to develop a suite of programs to facilitate research within the field.
NUIT included video recording capabilities among other features, though the lab has not used the recordings much yet, Timmerman
The Journal of Adolescent
and Young Adult Oncology will be publishing a paper expanding upon the potential for other collaborative projects in the sciences to use Northwestern's
unique technology, Timmerman
"It's so important to share and to discuss (scientific) information.
If you don't have discussion, you progress much slower," said MariliaCordeiro, a PhD student with two years of experience working in the lab.
"If you can share with the other side of the world, you can get even better."
has already seen increased discussion between researchers, basic scientists and other professionals due to the iExperiment
program, demonstrating the need within the discipline of oncofertility.
"I think that the size of our field is why there's such a big need," Timmerman