Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO

Cancer-Related Vascular Biology, week 3

Welcome to the third course week of the latest course in the CCBIO Research School for Cancer Studies portfolio, CCBIO907 Cancer-Related Vascular Biology.

Microscope photos of tissue.

Understanding vascular biology important for knowledge of cancer processes

Thorough understanding of general and cancer-related vascular biology is regarded important to understand processes like cancer growth, sustainability and progression, and is suggested to be a relevant target for therapy in various diseases. Through this new three-week course set up as part of the CCBIO/Harvard INTPART partnership between the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital and CCBIO, the students will meet researchers who have been in the frontline of vascular biology research for decades.

Some of the topics covered: Basics of vascular biology; vascular biology related therapeutic approaches; biomarkers in vascular biology – from discovery to clinical application; lymphangiogenesis and vascular biology in non-cancerous diseases. See program for each course week.

Harvard collaboration       

Attending this course is a unique possibility to meet and discuss vascular biology and more, with international experts. Harvard experts have joined our own professionals to give lectures and lead discussions. Bruce Zetter, Marsha MosesMichael Rogers and Roopali Roy provided lectures and open seminars the first two course weeks. Further, Diane Bielenberg and Magali St. Geniez will join us for this last course week.

Course dates:

  • Course week 1: September 17-21 2018
  • Course week 2: October 1-5 2018
  • Course week 3: February 18-22 2019

Course week 1:
Program is available here.

Course week 2:
Program is available here.

Course week 3:
Preliminary program is available here.

Topics week 3: 
Fundamental aspects of blood and lymphatic vessels in pathophysiology. Using a combination of didactic and lecture-based approaches, students will learn basics concepts and emerging findings related to blood vessel formation in the retina (as a model), metabolic regulation of vascular growth, growth-factor signaling, and role of (lymph)angiogenesis in cancer metastasis.
Career Development Sessions: Developing your core brand (lecture and group exercise).
Self-studies Assignment: Prior to Week 3, students will be divided into groups (4-5 students/group) and assigned a curriculum related topic. Over the week, the groups should read and assimilate the current literature, identify an important question and develop a 1-page proposal describing the background, a testable hypothesis, aims and impact. On Friday, the groups will present their work in a powerpoint format in a 20 min presentation followed by 40 min discussion (active participation of every member of each group is expected).

Open for all

The course is open for all interested, such as Master students (biomedicine), undergraduate students of the Medical Research Program, PhD students, postdocs, researchers and technicians. ECTS will be provided for students who have followed the entire course.

Open seminars

Research seminars by the Harvard faculty are part of the course, and will be open without need for registration. These will be announced.

Student assignments

Each course week is composed of lectures, group discussions with the international faculty, assignments and presentation of these, as well as time for self-studies. The course is approved as PhD course (6 ECTS). In the weekly assignments the students go through seminal papers in vascular biology, and present these together with discussions on study design, alternative set-ups and follow-up studies.

Requirements for PhD and master course credits are participation in 80% of activities in all course weeks (attendance list); participation in assignment groups and presentation of the assignments; and hand in of an essay (min. 1000 Words). See 'Emnebeskrivelse' for CCBIO907.

    Contact persons:

    Elisabeth Wik and Lars A. Akslen have the academic responsibility. Elisabeth Wik is course coordinator – Elisabeth.Wik@uib.no