epigenetics and cancer

this MSc module teaches epigenetics and cancer from bedside to clinical research

Course overview

Epigenetics and cancer is an intensive full-time module (lecture series, seminar, and practical exercise) over 4 weeks with the educational objective of providing a better understanding of the carcinogenesis and translational (cancer) research. 2023 I included a special focus on determinants of health and the importance of diversity in medicine.

Course contents

Lecture series

  • Impact of aging, external factors, and epigenetics on carcinogenesis
  • Types of epigenetic modifications
  • Laboratory and computational methods to study epigenetic modifications
  • Clinical applications of epigenetics for cancer diagnosis and prevention
  • Biobanking and clinical study design
  • Social determinants of health and importance of diversity in medicine

Practical exercise: from the bedside to translational research

Students follow a sample from the clinic to the biobank to the analysis and perform hands-on translational research.

  • Part I: Clinic visit
  • Part II: Ethics and biobanking: identification of a new research question, preparation of a study plan and submission of an ethics proposal; ‘ethics committee session’
  • Part III: Laboratory processing and analysis of samples and data
  • Part IV: Science communication: preparing a lay abstract and science outreach for the research question

Seminar series

Discussion of recent studies involving epigenetics or other biomarkers for translational purposes.