Netherlands, Utrecht

Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 575

The students will be introduced to state-of-the-art methods in molecular cancer research and novel strategies for developing and testing drugs to halt the formation of tumours. The course combines lectures, discussions, laboratory tours, and a hands-on experiment.

The preliminary program includes the following topics (subject to change):
- Day 1: oncogenes, tumour suppressors, tumor evolution, tumor segregation, signal transduction pathways.
- Day 2: aneuploidy and cancer, cell adhesion in oncogenic transformation, intravital imaging of tumour progression and metastasis.
- Day 3: sequencing the cancer genome, epigenetics and cancer, gene expression and cancer.
- Day 4: stem cells and cancer, organoids, animal models in cancer research.
- Day 5: personal genomes.

This is the 6th edition of the summer course. In previous years students made the following comments:
- Excellent combination of lectures and effectively organised tours.
- There is a lot of interaction and discussion possible with the lecturers.
- The diversity of students? backgrounds allowed encountering the same field from an international perspective.
- The course was substantial and instructive, and it was great to have a chance to talk to the experts!

This course is organized by the research school Cancer, Stem cells and Developmental biology ( and will take place at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Department of Molecular Cancer Research) and the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research on campus ?De Uithof? of Utrecht University.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Hans Bos

Target group

Advanced bachelors/beginning masters in the (bio)medical and life sciences with a background in molecular biology, cell biology and genetics/genomics, as well as proficiency in English. Applicants go through a selection procedure, based on their c.v., motivation letter, grades and recommendation letter. Your application will be reviewed after you've submitted these files.
Maximum number of participants: 20.

Course aim

After following the course, students should be able to explain how cancer develops, which techniques and models are used to study the cancer process, and how knowledge of the cancer process can be used to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Fee info

EUR 575: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 375: Course + course materials + lunch

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