Centre for Cancer Biomarkers
CCBIO Research School course

CCBIO905 – Methods in Cancer Biomarker Research (2020)

This course has focus on the full panel of advanced and standard methods with relevance for cancer biomarkers. The intention is a methodological course that also includes components of ethics and economy.

SGroup of photos from the CCBIO labs
Ingvild Melien and CCBIO


Note that due to the Covid-19 circumstances, the course will be run as a web based course this year, possibly in combination with restricted access to the auditorium. Information regarding this will be updated.


The thematic parts include methods ranging from basic techniques on nucleotides and proteins to more advanced approaches, as well as bioinformatics and biobanking.

The course will focus on methods to study tissue samples, blood samples, urin samples, and other biologic materials, like immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, PCR-techniques and sequencing, Western blot and ELISA, microarray methods, proteomics, circulating tumor cells and DNA, flow cytometry, bioinformatics and biobanks. Changes in nucleic acids and proteins in different settings will be covered.

The students are acquired prepare group presentations on important scientific papers describing results from clinical trials that have led to approval of new cancer treatments. The presentations should address topics like the studies’ background, drug mechanisms, the methods and impact of the biomarkers reported in terms of predictive power, and the trials’ clinical results.

See the scientific program.

The course concludes with a three-hour multiple-choice examination.

Responsible for the course: Lars A. Akslen and Agnete Engelsen have the academic responsibility and Ingeborg Winge (ingeborg.winge@uib.no) is the course coordinator.

ECTS: This is a 5 ECTS course at the University of Bergen. NOTE: If you need to register ECTS, you need to either be a registered student at the UiB, or register as a guest student. Deadline (extended) for registering as guest students is September 1, 2020.

Students who need the ECTS, need to register for this course at StudentWeb. Deadline for this is September 1, 2020.

Who can attend: The course open to researchers, postdocs, students (PhD, master, students in the Medical Student Research Program) and others who are interested, nationally and internationally.

Note that there are 2 registration links:

With ECTS: For those who attend the complete course, incl. group assignments, and be eligible for the 6 ECTS or a course diploma: Reg. link full course. Also remember to register for this course in StudentWeb, where deadline is September 1.

No ECTS: For those who are only interested in the lectures and want to hop in and out as they please (will not get ECTS or diploma): Reg. link lectures.

Registration will be closed at no notice when maximum is reached.

Place: web based course, Zoom

When: October 27-29, 2020

Program: Will be available at a later point.