- Category Certificate Program
Referred to as a disease of the genome, cancer is one of the highly studied conditions of the present times. Though many factors play a role in the onset and progression of cancer, the role of genetics is considered to be the strongest. These influences can be inclusive of somatic mutations that lead to the cells to accumulate over the course of a lifetime and other inherited genetic variants. This would essentially mean that each individual’s cancer is unique and would require an individualised approach towards treatment. We need to focus our attention on understanding the specific drivers and vulnerabilities of an individual’s cancer in order to devise an appropriate and more suited treatment strategy. Some of the recent advances in areas like sequencing technologies have been unprecedented in providing us with crucial insights into various collections of genomic alterations that have had roles to play in the development of cancer. These developments have been the driving force behind the development of precision therapeutics. Precision therapeutics involves molecularly targeted processes that take advantage of the cellular vulnerabilities or target the altered protein to improve treatment and subsequent recovery.
This has created the need for developing a foundational understanding of the underlying biological complexities involved in the growth of cancers. These include processes like cell growth, the transition of normal cells into cancerous cells, metastasis, and risk factors, and so on. This field has now seen high levels of research activities in the past few decades. However, the known still remains minuscule and there remains a lot to be studied and understood. Much of this will guide in providing means to implement the knowledge in diagnosing, treating, and preventing cancers.
Cancer Biology is a foundation course designed for individuals with backgrounds in life sciences and for those looking to expand their repertoire of knowledge and skills to progress in their careers. Cancer biology looks at the interplay of genes, proteins and other biological factors that play a role in the development of cancers. This course provides an understanding of the roles played by the biological mechanism in the body to provide better ways to identify and treat cancers. This course is precursor to Immunogenomics, a more advanced and specialised area that develops on some of the concepts introduced in Cancer Biology.
Researchers now have a vast repertoire of knowledge accruing from years of research in this field. With the increasing development of new technologies and treatment modalities dictated by the existing research findings, there is a huge potential for a trained and certified professional with knowledge in this field to be able to carry out research, interpret findings and implement them in treatment. This course will help you to stay ahead of the technologies in your field and be prepared to meet upcoming demands in the health care industry and also differentiate yourself for your career advancement.