Netherlands, Utrecht

Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer

when 23 July 2012 - 27 July 2012
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 500

This course focuses on the molecular mechanisms that turn a normal cell into a cancer cell. We will explore the regulation of cell cycle progression, the control of transcription regulation and the signalling networks that enable cells to execute vital processes such as growth, division and migration, and how malfunctioning of these processes may lead to tumour formation and metastasis.

The students will be introduced to state-of-the-art methods in molecular cancer research and strategies for developing drugs to halt the formation of tumours.

The course combines lectures, discussions, tutorials with hands-on experiments and laboratory tours.

The program includes the following topics:
• Oncogenes, tumor suppressors & tumor evolution
• Cell cycle control and cancer
• Signal transduction pathways and cancer
• Cell adhesion and migration in cancer
• Sequencing the cancer genome
• Gene expression and cancer
• Epigenetics and cancer
• Intestinal stem cells and colon cancer
• Zebrafish models of cancer
• Novel diagnostics & therapeutics for personalised cancer care

This course can very well be combined with the Summer Course “Clinical Translational Oncology”, July 30 -August 3, 2012

Course leader

Prof. dr. Hans Bos & Dr. Annelies Speksnijder

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; max number of participants is 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.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 500: Course + course materials + housing


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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