MEDFL5235 – Molecular Cancer Medicine

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Course content

Modern Cancer Biology research, translational research and personalized cancer medicine rely heavily on the molecular understanding of cancer. This course provides a state of the art thorough overview of the current understanding of molecular Cancer Biology.

The purpose of the course is to equip students with a solid foundation to work in the forefront of Cancer Research, and to provide a foundation for effective translational cancer research. 

This is achieved by combining the following elements: Classical lectures based on a comprehensive textbook in Cancer Biology. Group work and student presentations of recent research papers within to allow for in depth discussions of the subjects. Site visits in research labs and the comprehensive cancer centre that provide you with practical understanding of select techniques and approaches used in modern molecular cancer biology research. Examples of translational biology research will be given.

All teaching is conducted by active national and international researchers in molecular Cancer Biology.

Learning outcome

Modern Cancer Biology research, translational research and personalized cancer medicine rely heavily on the molecular understanding of cancer. This course provides a state of the art thorough overview of the current understanding of molecular Cancer Biology.

The purpose of the course is to equip students with a solid foundation to work in the forefront of Cancer Research, and to provide a foundation for effective translational cancer research.  

This is achieved by combining the following elements: Classical lectures based on a comprehensive textbook in Cancer Biology. Group work and student presentations of recent research papers to allow for in depth discussions of the subjects and state of the art techniques in cancer research. Site visits in research labs and the comprehensive cancer centre that provide you with practical understanding of select techniques and approaches used in modern molecular cancer biology research. Examples of translational biology research and rational cancer therapy will be given.

All teaching is conducted by active national and international researchers in molecular Cancer Biology.

 

The course will give you knowledge about:

  • The complex biology of cancer
  • In depth understanding of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes.
  • The genes and pathways altered during cellular transformation
  • Cellular signaling pathways in cancer and how to study them in a cancer context
  • Multistep tumorigenesis
  • Invasion and metastasis
  • Model systems in Cancer Research
  • Tumor microenvironment interactions
  • Cancer Cachexia
  • Tumor immunology
  • Rational cancer therapy
  • Techniques in cancer research

Admission

The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO.

Students apply in StudentWeb.

Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately in StudentWeb if their application to the course is granted.

The courses MEDFL5235 and MF9235 have common admission.

 

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students should have a good understanding of basic cell biology and molecular biology.

Students need to have a prior thorough understanding of cell biology and molecular biology.

Passed exam in MBV3020 Molecular Genetics and developmental biology or equivalent

Recommended previous knowledge

Recommended prior course:

MBV3020 – Molecular genetics and developmental biology

Overlapping courses

Teaching

4 weeks intensive course.

The curriculum is based on the text book “The biology of Cancer, 2nd edition, Robert A. Weinberg, Garland Science and lecture notes.

Required reading 500 pages and 3 original research articles or reviews of each chapter provided by the lecturers. Articles are used for student group work in week 4 and oral presentations that will be graded. The supplementary use of articles and current reviews ensure up to date information and understanding, current controversies and outstanding questions in each field.

Examination

The exam will consist of two parts:
- An oral article presentation given by each student. The topic will be a relevant article within the field (that will be provided).
- A final 5 hour written exam in the end of the course.

The oral presentation awarded a passing grade before the date of the written exam.

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You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Other information

The course is organized by the CanCell, Norwegian Centre of Excellence.

The course will be held in the localities of the Institute for Cancer Research, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello.

Course organizer: Associate professor Tor Erik Rusten, Institute for Clinical Medicine

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every autumn

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Autumn 2020

4 weeks intensive course

Weeks 41 - 44

Monday to Friday

Application period

12.6. - 1.9.2020

 

Examination

Every autumn

Teaching language

English