Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology
Module code: BS4004
This module comprises a series of lectures which provide a background to the molecular and cellular basis of cancer. Five introductory lectures will be given on the six 'hallmarks of cancer' as defined by Weinberg and Hanahan (2000) and (2011).
- Self-sufficiency in growth signals
- Insensitivity to growth-inhibitory (antigrowth) signals
- Evasion of programmed cell death (apoptosis)
- Limitless replicative potential
- Sustained angiogenesis
- Tissue invasion and metastasis
This will be followed by detailed lectures on specific aspects of cancer cells, with emphasis on growth control and cell division, genome stability and aneuploidy, apoptosis, angiogenesis, tissue invasion and immortalisation. The lecture series will end with a series of more specialised lectures on mouse and zebra fish models of cancer, cancer chemoprevention, cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment and anti-cancer drug development.
- 40 hours of lectures
- 10 hours of tutorials
- 100 hours of independent study
- Short answer exam, 3 hours (30%)
- Short answer or multiple choice exam, 3 hours (30%)
- Essay, 3,000 words (40%)