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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.,George Van Buren, M.D.,M. Yvette Williams-Brown
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 2
Min. Number of Students:Max: 50
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 2
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Fridays; 2:00-4:00 pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This course will integrate the basic science and translational aspect of research with clinical research and applications, thus enhancing student understanding of current research in particular cancers, as well as clinical correlations and applications. Each week will have a particular cancer or methodology focus and the meeting time will include a clinically focused lecture, a basic science focused lecture, and a journal club article presentation. Students will attend a minimum of two tumor board sessions during the term, which include a patient case presentation followed by discussion detailing the background, treatment, outcomes, and research avenues of the patient's malignancy. These tumor boards can be attended at any time during the course.
Learning Activities
Students will gain an understanding of major questions of interest to basic researchers studying a particular cancer and an understanding of questions of interest to clinical cancer researchers and how they integrate basic and translational research findings into clinical practice. Students will learn how basic research can be applied to clinical settings. Students will gain an understanding of the terminology used in basic and clinical research with different cancer types. Improve ability to critically evaluate the scientific and clinical literature.
Evaluation Methods
Grading will be based on class and tumor board attendance, class participation including scientific/clinical paper discussions.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Dr. Jason Yustein
Contact Phone: 713-471-1673
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