Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Course code: 3PA013

    Autumn 2022, 100%, Campus

    Start date: 27 September 2022

    End date: 26 October 2022

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Registration: Please contact the department.

Entry requirements: 180 credits from educational programmes in biochemistry/chemistry, biology, biomedicine/medicine, biotechnology, cell/molecular biology, genetics, life science, medical sciences or a similar field of study. Also required is:

courses in biochemistry, cell biology, chemistry, genetics, and molecular biology/-genetics totalling at least 30 credits; 

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

About the course

General tumour theory and tumour classification followed by cellular and molecular mechanisms important for the origin and growth of tumours will be discussed. The course covers e.g. epigenetic mechanisms for cancer, carcinogenesis, genomic instability, angiogenesis, tumour virus, oncogenes, growth factors, signal transduction, tumour suppressor genes and clinical oncology. The body's immune defence against cancer will also be discussed, as well as hereditary cancer. Current clinical diagnostics and treatment of cancer will be covered as well as methods and technologies used.

Practical parts can consist of an epigenetic analysis of DNA methylation at gene promoters in cancer cells. Also, web-based material will be used. Seminars together with researchers will give the students the opportunity to discuss current problems within cancer research.

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