Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer

when 6 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
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.

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 signaling 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 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 5th edition of the summer course. Last year 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.
- I am very satisfied with the organisation of the course and its content. The material covered during the course gave me brilliant insights in what cancer exactly is and where the future of effective treatment lies.
- 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 (www.csnd.nl) 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. Tip: do not wait until the deadline to apply. Applying straight away increases the chance of acceptance.
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.

Credits info

1.5 ECTS
Certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 575: Course + course materials + housing

Lunch is included every day for both fee options (including/excluding housing).

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EUR 375: Course + course materials + lunch

Scholarships

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

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