Science at the heart of medicine

7017 Cancer: A Basic Science Approach

COURSE DESCRIPTION:The course is designed to bring together current approaches in cancer research including cell biology, molecular genetics, and therapy. The course will involve both lectures and paper discussions. Topics will include the pathology of cancer, pathways in the development of cancers, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, stem cells in cancer, the metastatic cascade, immune responses to cancer, and treatment modalities. Emphasis will be on classic and emerging genomics approaches in basic cancer research. The overall goal is to establish a firm foundation in the hallmarks of cancer and enable students to gauge difficulties and opportunities for advances in cancer research.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: The Biology of Cancer by Robert A. Weinberg, Second edition.

6 month rental: ISBN 9781317963462: $70
eBook: ISBN 9781317963462 : $139
Looseleaf: ISBN 9780815345299: $100
Paperback: ISBN 9780815342205: $199

PREREQUISITES: None.

STUDENT PREPARATION: Undergraduate training in cell biology, biochemistry and genetics is useful.

UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: Focus on cancer-related pathways and histology that are important in cancer. Overlap with a number of other courses in terms of covering the same pathways, but from a cancer perspective.

SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Homeworks, exams, paper presentations

CREDIT HOURS: 3.0