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Biochemistry & Cancer Biology

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Biochemistry 4450

Description:  Key cellular pathways that are frequently subverted in tumour cells leading to neoplasia will be discussed, as well as mechanisms by which environmental factors affect tumour development. Cancer models and molecular therapies will also be considered.

Biochemistry 4455

Description:  The translation of cancer research discoveries into clinical practice, emphasizing critical thinking, research design, evaluation of data from the literature and ethics. Students will engage with community partners associated with cancer research, patient support and care, and will work on a team project relevant to the partners’ needs.

Anatomy and Cell Biology 4461

Description: This course introduces main cancer types in terms of histology, prognosis, biomarkers, imaging, and sites of metastasis. The role of translational research models in the development of disease-specific diagnostic tools and treatment modalities will be emphasized.

Microbiology and immunology 4300

Description: This course covers advanced concepts on cellular and molecular regulation of the immune system and their application to clinical conditions including autoimmune diseases, transplantation, and cancer. Recent advances and challenges in immunotherapeutics, immunology research, and immune mechanisms are highlighted.

Pharmacology 4360

Description: This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the molecular pharmacology and therapeutic properties of anticancer agents. The focus is on molecular mechanisms of cancer chemotherapy, and will include drug resistance and the roles of receptor kinases and G protein-coupled receptors in existing and novel cancer therapies.

Biochemistry 4486

Description:  The major laboratory course for the Honors Specialization in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology. Lectures on safety, use of animals in research, scientific integrity; an independent cancer-related research project (topic and advisor chosen by consultation between student and faculty); scientific communication (two seminars and a written report).

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