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(2 Credits; Prerequisites MICa 8012, MICa 8004 or instructor’s consent)
Spring 2013 Tuesdays, 8:00-8:50 am, ,2-118 Moos Tower
David Potter, M.D., Ph.D., 625-8933, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Largaespada, Ph.D., 5-104 MCB, 626-4979, email@example.com
The goals of the course are to expose Ph.D. students to clinical issues in cancer research and to discuss translational research projects as they pertain to a variety of cancers. In particular, we will present cutting-edge concepts in cancer treatment including immunotherapy, anti-angiogenesis, small molecules, pharmacogenomics, and cancer prevention in high-risk populations. We will emphasize exciting and controversial topics in treatment of a variety of important cancers.
Who this course is designed for:
Students will be 2nd year Cancer Biology track students in the MICaB PhD program, but is open to other students who can register with instructor approval. Postdoctoral fellows may want to audit this course. They must have completed and passed a basic cancer biology graduate course (MICa 8004) before registering for this class. They should be knowledgeable about cancer biology, but may have little, if any, clinical knowledge.
Student Performance Objectives:
After completing this course we expect students to understand the basic kinds of cancer therapy, stages of translational research from pre-clinical studies through Phase I/II/III trials, and be able to read and understand current literature in these areas. In addition, students should develop the skills to critically evaluate translational cancer research data and new ideas and do so in a class room/discussion setting. Finally, they should be capable of developing independent ideas and presenting them clearly in oral presentations.
As part of this course students will have an opportunity to experience out of class clinical experiences by attendance at their choice of a tumor board during the semester. They should attend their choice weekly during the semester.
Text and Reference Materials:
No text is assigned. Lecturers will provide pertinent reading materials (usually a published peer-reviewed manuscript) at least 2 days before their first lecture. Course materials will be made available to you on the Moodle course site.
All participants in this course must complete University required HIPPA training before the class starts. This can be found at: http://www.ahc.umn.edu/privacy/privtraining/home.html
Please show up to class on time! We only have 50 minutes. There will be 1 take home problem set, worth 50% of the final grade. The take home exam will consist of a paper to read and 3-5 questions related to the paper. We expect a 3-5 page written answer to these questions – possibly with illustration(s) to help explain your points. Please email your take home exam answers to Dr. Largaespada AND turn in a printed copy.
25% of the grade will be based on an in class presentation describing a breakthrough in cancer treatment including significant clinical research. Students can use PowerPoint and data projector or overhead transparencies. Topics should be approved with Dr. Potter or Dr. Largaespada prior to the presentations at the end of the semester.
Participation and clinical experiences will make up the final 25% of the grade. Students will be required to spend time in clinical “experiences” in the form of weekly attendance at a clinical board meeting. These are held at different times and places during each week. For this experience, all participants in this course must complete University required HIPPA training before the class starts.
This can be found at: http://www.ahc.umn.edu/privacy/privtraining/home.html
See the schedule below:
1-22 INTRO: Introduction; Background; Description of in class presentation, take home exam, and clinical experience.
LECT 1: History of Chemotherapy - Dr. David Potter
Paper(s) for Dr. Potter’s Lecture:
Einhorn LH and Donohue J. 1977. Cis-Diamminedichloroplatinum, Vinblastine, and Bleomycin Combination Chemotherapy in Disseminated Testicular Cancer. Annals of Internal Medicine. 87: 293-298.
Romond EH, et al. 2005. Trastuzumab plus adjuvant chemotherapy for operable HER2-positive breast cancer. N Engl J Med. Oct 20;353(16):1673-84.
1-29 LECT 2: Pathology - Dr. Michael Linden
Paper(s) for Dr. Linden’s Lecture:
2-5 LECT 3: Survival Analysis, Surrogate Endpoints, Ethical Issues and FDA Issues - Dr. John Connett
Paper(s) for Dr. Connett’s Lecture:
2-12 LECT 4: History of Radiation Therapy - Dr. Jianling Yuan
Paper(s) for Dr. Yuan’s Lecture:
2-19 LECT 5: Experimental Therapeutics/Phase I trials - Dr. David Potter
Paper(s) for Dr. Potter’s Lecture:
2-26 LECT 6: NK and their receptors in cancer and transplantation - Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Paper(s) for Dr. Jeffrey Miller’s Lecture:
Cooley S, Weisdorf DJ, Guethlein LA, Klein JP, Wang T, Le CT, Marsh SG, Geraghty D, Spellman S, Haagenson MD, Ladner M, Trachtenberg E, Parham P, Miller JS. (2010). Donor selection for natural killer cell receptor genes leads to superior survival after unrelated transplantation for acute myelogenous leukemia. Blood. 116(14):2411-9.
3-5 LECT 7: Prostate Cancer Biomarkers - Dr. Christopher Warlick
Paper(s) for Dr. Warlick’s Lecture:
Huggins C and Hodges CV. 2002. The Effect of Castration, of Estrogen and of Androgen Injection on Serum Phosphatases in Metastatic Carcinoma of the Prostate. Journal of Urology. Vol. 168, 9-12. (Reprint permission from Cancer Res, 1:293-297, 1941.)
Andriole et al. (2009). Mortality Results from a Randomized Prostate-Cancer Screening Trial. N Engl J Med, 360:1310-1319.
Schroder et al. (2009). Screening and Prostate-Cancer Mortality in a Randomized European Study. N Engl J Med, 360:1320-1328
3-12 LECT 8: Vascular Complications of Cancer Therapy - Dr. Anne Blaes
Paper(s) for Dr. Blaes’ Lecture:
Blaes AH. (2010). Cardiac Complications from Cancer Therapy. Minnesota Medicine. 93(10):40-4. PMID: 21140761
Mulrooney DA, Yeazel MW, et al. (2009). Cardiac outcomes in a cohort of adult survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer: retrospective analysis of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort. 339:b4606. PMID: 19996459
TAKE HOME EXAM ASSIGNED
3-19 Spring Break – NO CLASS
3-26 LECT 9: Head and Neck Cancer - Dr. Frank Ondrey
Paper(s) for Dr. Ondrey’s Lecture:
Hong WK, et al. 1986. 13-cis-retinoic acid in the treatment of oral leukoplakia. N. Engl J Med. Dec 11;315(24):1501-5.
4-2 LECT 10: Pediatric Cancer - Dr. Brenda Weigel
Paper(s) for Dr. Weigel’s Lecture:
Bostrom BC, et al. 2003. Dexamethasone versus prednisone and daily oral versus weekly intravenous mercaptopurine for patients with standard-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from the Children's Cancer Group. Blood. May 15;101(10):3809-17. Epub 2003 Jan 16.
TAKE HOME EXAM DUE
4-9 LECT 11: Lung Cancer: Genetics and Beyond - Robert Kratzke, M.D.
Paper(s) for Dr. Kratzke’s Lecture:
Paez JG, et al. 2004. EGFR mutations in lung cancer: correlation with clinical response to gefitinib therapy. Science. Jun 4;304(5676):1497-500.
Ding L, et al. 2008. Somatic mutations affect key pathways in lung adenocarcinoma. Nature. 455(7216):1069-75.
Weir BA, et al. 2007. Characterizing the cancer genome in lung adenocarcinoma. Nature. 450(7171):893-8.
4-16 LECT 12: Using Angiogenesis Inhibitors for Colon Cancer - Dr. Edward Greeno
Paper(s) for Dr. Greeno’s Lecture:
Hurwitz H, et al. 2004. Bevacizumab plus Irinotecan, Fluorouracil, and Leucovorin for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. N Engl J Med. 350:2335-42.
4-23 LECT 13: How Do We Make Advances in Breast Cancer Therapy? -Dr. Douglas Yee,
Paper(s) for Dr. Yee’s Lecture:
4-30 Student Presentations,
5-7 Student Presentations
5-14 FINALS WEEK – Student Presentations (Monday and Wednesday at 8am)