Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

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Title Basic course in tumor biology and oncology
Course number 3112
Programme Tumor Biology and Oncology (FoTO)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2021-09-13 -- 2021-09-24
Responsible KI department Department of Oncology-Pathology
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to give a general overview of the molecular mechanisms that promotes the carcinogenic transformation. We aim to link the basic tumor biology concepts with the main principles of diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in line with the modern concept of translational and personalised cancer medicine.
Intended learning outcomes This is a basic course for all PhD-students in the field of tumor biology.
After the course the students will have an understanding of the cancer problem, the modern view what cancer is, from a clinical and basic science point of view. You will get the basic foundations of cancer biology as well as aquire some ability to discuss and understand advanced problems in cancer biology. You will have an idea which are the current most important problems to solve in cancer, to improve diagnosis, prevention, treatment and quality of life.
The over all aim of the course is to form a bridge between pre-clinical and clinical aspects of tumor biology and oncology for PhD students and to provide the students an understanding of all aspects of the cancer problem. This course is a basic introduction to modern cancer research and is recommended to all PhD students within basic and clinical cancer research.
Contents of the course The course will describe the causes as well as the consequences of the transformation of a normal cell into its malignant counterpart, in order to create an understanding of cancer --from molecule to patient--, eventually also discussing the management and treatment of malignant diseases. The topics of the course include genetics, the cell cycle, apoptosis, immunology, diagnosis and treatment, all topics presented from the cancer perspective.
There will be focus on a few malignant diseases, described in more detail serving as models for basic concepts of Tumor Biology and Oncology, including molecular genetics, curative treatment and palliative care, psychosocial aspects of cancer, ethics and epidemiology.
All students will be offered a possibility to visit the inward clinical care and meet cancer patients.
Teaching and learning activities The course consists of lectures, group seminars, group discussions and demonstrations. Full time during two consecutive weeks.
Compulsory elements This course is full time for two weeks. All seminars and some demonstrations are compulsory, also some lectures, as well as the written examination. Single missed occasions can be compensated during the course after discussion with te course director. Single missed occasions can be compensated for during the course after discussion with the course director.
Examination Written examination and group discussion with a focus on understanding of concepts, relations and how and how problems are dealt with in cancer research. Every doctoral student will be individually assessed.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature: Weinberg, Robert A. The biology of cancer 2nd edition, Garland Science, Taylor and Francis group, 2014; Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation, Hanahan and Weinberg; Cell, March 2011.
Number of students 20 - 25
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information
Additional course leader Hanna Eriksson, Dept. of Oncology-Pathology,
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Svetlana Bajalica Lagercrantz
Department of Oncology-Pathology
Contact person Hanna Eriksson
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