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Department: MECLB-Molecular and Cellular Biology
Course: 550-Translational Cancer Biology

Course Director: Jason T. Yustein, M.D., Ph.D.
Course Faculty: Matthew L. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.,Qizhi Cathy Yao, M.D.,George Van Buren, M.D.,Donald Williams Parsons, M.D.,M. Yvette Williams-Brown,Nicholas Mitsiades, M.D.,Jason Matthew Shohet, M.D., Ph.D.,Mothaffar Fahed Rimawi, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 2
Min. Number of Students:Max: 50
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Fridays; 1-3 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This course is designed to meet the needs of graduate students and 1st and 2nd year MSTP and medical students. For graduate students, this course will be part of the CMB cancer-track curriculum and will highlight connections between basic and clinical sciences, exposing graduate students to current issues in patient care related research. This course is expected to be taken by graduate students who will have solid research experience, but may lack an understanding of clinical and translational issues, which this course will expose them to. For MSTP and medical students, this course will be an optional elective for them in Terms 1 and 2. These students will have had significant clinical coursework, but less knowledge of the design and analysis of basic research experimentation. This course will show the value of basic research in developing new cancer detection and treatment options. In addition, through the journal club component of this course, students will learn some basic research techniques and the critical thinking skills used to interpret and evaluate data. Depending on course enrollment, we hope to pair a graduate student and medical student to present each journal club paper. First Meeting Date: Friday, October 7th; Location: N315
Learning Activities
Gain an understanding of major questions of interest to basic researchers studying a particular cancer Gain an understanding of questions of interest to clinical cancer researchers and how they integrate basic and translational research findings into clinical practice Learn how basic research can be applied to clinical settings. Understand the terminology used in basic and clinical research with different cancer types. Improve ability to critically evaluate the literature. Improve scientific presentation skills.
Evaluation Methods
The final grade will consist of: Attendance – 20% Journal Club Presentation/Participation – 40% Class Participation – 40% For medical students Pass/Fail assigned.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
First Meeting Date: Friday, October 7th; Location: N315
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Vanessa Hatfield
Contact Phone: 713-798-5264
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