Centre for Cancer Biomarkers CCBIO
CCBIO Research School Course

CCBIO906 Cancer Genomics, 2022

This 3 ECTS course will provide broad understanding of aspects of cancer genome biology and its investigation by next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. Methods for analyzing DNA variation and structure and RNA expression patterns will be covered, as well as nuclear and chromatin structure. Also, ethical, legal aspects, and hereditary predisposition will be taught.

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When: February 21-23, 2022

Program: See enclosed here.


Deadline for ECTS providing registration is February 1, 2022. If you are already enrolled at the University of Bergen (UiB), you register through Studentweb (opens at Des. 13). If you are not enrolled at the UiB, but need the ECTS, you register through Søknadsweb (opens at Dec. 13), where you simultaneously apply for UiB guest student status (also deadline Feb. 1). 

If you don't need the ECTS (studiepoeng) registered as part of an education/degree, and just want to join the lectures for professional update, you register through this link, with deadline February 4, 2022. Note that registration might be closed earlier when fully booked.

Who: Mainly intended for PhD candidates, but open to all. 

Place: We aim for a hybrid solution where you can choose between personal attendance in an auditorium at campus Haukeland University Hospital, or join from home through a digital platform. 

  • Monday 21.02: Auditorium B301, Sentralblokka
  • Tuesday 22.02: Birkhaugsalen, Sentralblokka
  • Wednesday 23.02: Birkhaugsalen, Sentralblokka

Upon completing this course the candidate should have:

Knowledge regarding

  • What kinds of mutations may predispose for, contribute to, or appear during cancer development
  • How these variants can be detected by NGS methods and be analysed bioinformatically
  • How to employ these methods to stratify patients both diagnostically and therapeutically
  • The different implications of the same aberrations depending on tissue type
  • Ethical and legal regulations regarding genetic analyses of patient samples


  • Can formulate problems, select and plan for appropriate NGS analyses on samples from cancer patients.
  • Be able to assess the expediency and application of different NGS methods in cancer diagnostics and research
  • To know the contact points for NGS analysis and data storage and analysis in the Bergen area
  • Be able to communicate relevant literature and methods concerning cancer genomics

General Competency

  • Be able to evaluate how knowledge about genome aberrations can help in understanding tumor biological mechanisms and as a guide to improved diagnosis, targeted treatment and follow up of cancer patients. 

Open to PhD candidates who are affiliated with the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO), but is also open to other students, PhD candidates and students at the Medical Student Research Program, and other interested.

Master's degree or equivalent education level is required, with the exception of students on the Medical Student Research Programme. 

Contact: If you have any questions, please contact course coordinator Rebecca Nguyen rebecca.nguyen@uib.no, or academic responsible Liv Cecilie Vestheim Thomsen liv.vestrheim@uib.no and Erling Høivik erling.hoivik@uib.no.

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