Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer

Course description Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 4323STHOC
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. E.H.J. Danen
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 4.0
Level: 500
Period: Semester 2, Block III
Hours of study: 27:00 hrs
  • Yes Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Description

Cancer is a complex disease in which mutations in the DNA cause aberrant cellular signaling that ultimately affects critical cell functions. Several hallmarks of cancer have been defined including cell autonomous aberrations affecting survival, proliferation, and metabolism as well as altered communication with multiple cell types in the cancer microenvironment. Together, these hallmarks allow tumors to develop, grow, metastasize, and evade therapies. In this caput program, aberrant signal transduction cascades mediating the hallmarks of cancer are discussed and translation to cancer therapies is highlighted.

Coordinator

Dr. E.H.J. Danen

Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and paper discussions.

Reading list

  • Albert et al, Molecular Biology of the Cell; Hanahan D and Weinberg RA (2011) Hallmarks of Cancer: The Next Generation. Cell 144:646-674.
  • Papers assigned by teachers

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of the various hallmarks of cancer
  • Knowledge of the signaling pathways in control of these hallmarks of cancer
  • Understanding the complexity of the disease and how this complicates therapies but may also provide new avenues for therapy.

Assessment method

Written Exam, written assignment, active participation.

Timetable

The course will be given on Wednesdays from February to March, details to be announced.

Registration

Application via uSis. Registration closes 1 month before the start of the course or earlier, when when the maximum number of participants of 48 students is reached.

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