Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

  • Application can be done between 2021-10-15 and 2021-11-15
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Title Tumor immunology and immune therapy of cancer
Course number 3110
Programme Tumor Biology and Oncology (FoTO)
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2021-11-15 -- 2021-11-19
Responsible KI department Department of Oncology-Pathology
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to deepen the knowledge in the field of tumor immunology. More specifically, to understand how the immune system is regulated in cancer and how this knowledge can be used to treat patients with cancer.
Intended learning outcomes After the course is completed the students will be able to (1) explain important aspects of tumor immunology, (2) indicate advantages and disadvantages of different immune therapy strategies, (3) explain mechanisms of immune escape, 4) hypothesize how different immune-based regimens may affect clinical outcome in patients with cancer.
Contents of the course This course covers basic and applied immunology and a current review of experimental research and clinical application of tumor immunology. Both pre-clinical and clinical aspects of cancer vaccination, adoptive cell therapy, and antibody therapy will be discussed. Development of novel therapies through modification of immune cell subsets will be presented. Features of the tumor microenvironment, cancer-associated inflammation, immune surveillance and escape, and immunosuppression will also be discussed. Planning, performing, and monitoring of clinical trials are included in the course as well. One to two days are dedicated to lectures by invited international experts from the field.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, seminars, group discussions and case-studies.
Compulsory elements All lectures and teaching activities are mandatory. Absence from mandatory parts of the course will have to be compensated by other relevant activities after discussion with the course leaders.
Examination Oral group presentation and individual assignment based on case-studies. Every student will be individually assessed.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended course literature will be provided one month prior to course start.
Number of students 15 - 35
Selection of students Doctoral students are prioritized and selection is based on the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project.
More information The course covers basic and applied immunology and a contemporary overview of experimental research and clinical applications in tumor immunology. The course constitutes of lectures, seminars, group discussions and case-studies. All teaching activities are mandatory. One day is dedicated to lectures by invited international experts from the field.
Additional course leader Stina Wickström
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Rolf Kiessling
Department of Oncology-Pathology
Contact person Andreas Lundqvist
Institutionen för onkologi-patologi