Courses

GSND 5235Q Principles of Clinical & Translational Research in Oncology
2 Credits
Normal Letter Grade Mode
September 12th to Dec 12th, Mondays 6:00pm to 8:15pm
Location: NJMS Cancer Center, G Level Conference Room, G1196
Course Directors: Robert Wieder, M.D./Ph.D. and Gwendolyn Mahon, Ph.D.
Course Contact: Dr. Mahon, mahongm@njms.rutgers.edu

Summary: An introduction to aspects of clinical research in Oncology from the rationale to translate basic principles of cancer biology to patient treatment paradigms to ethical considerations and regulatory issues of clinical research and human subjects protection, design of clinical research, drug development, phase I, II, III clinical trials, statistical aspects of design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials, issues of scholarship, publication and publication bias and ethical considerations of the physician as well as the investigator.

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Recommended options for references:

Clinical Trials in Oncology, Second Edition by Stephanie Green, Jacqueline Benedetti, and John Crowley, 2003, Chapman & Hall/CRC
Fundamentals of Clinical Trials by Lawrence M. Friedman, Curt D. Furberg, and David L. DeMets (Paperback - Dec 1999), Springer Science-Business Media

GSND 5225Q Cancer Biology
3 credits
January 18th to May 17th, Tuesdays at 11:00am - 12:30pm and Thursdays at 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: NJMS Cancer Center, F Level Conference Room, F1196
Course Director: Harvey Ozer, M.D., ozerhl@njms.rutgers.edu
Textbook: The Biology of Cancer by Robert A. Weinberg, Publisher: Garland Science: 1 Pap / Cdr / edition (June 7, 2006)
(2 copies, including the CD-ROM are on reserve in Smith Library. Call # QZ202W423b2007)

The Cancer Biology course entails a series of lectures and discussion of primary literature in the multiple aspects of cancer. Presentations are by experts in the different molecular and cellular aspects of alterations in cancer cells and the organism's response. The topics follow a recommended text. The course meets for 1.5 hours twice weekly, typically by the same faculty members who are drawn from the NJMS Cancer Center as well as from multiple departments based on their expertise. It is held in NJMS-University Hospital Cancer Center which is accessible from the MSB as well as directly.

The objective is to serve as an introduction to mechanisms in cancer for those who intend to enter a laboratory engaged in cancer research and as a comprehensive review at the Ph.D. level for those students interested in fundamental cell regulation

Students registered for this course can view all announcements and information for this course via the ANGEL Learning System on January 01, 2011

Link to Course Schedule here

GSND 5230Q Introduction to Clinical Oncology
1 Credit
Normal Letter Grade Mode
January 12th to March 2nd
Wednesdays 4:30 to 6pm
NJMS Cancer Center G level Conference Room

Students interested in registering for the course must get permission
from the Course Director:

Dr. Gwendolyn Mahon
e-mail: mahongm@njms.rutgers.edu
Phone: 973-945-8786

Lecturer:

Charles Cathcart, MD
Chairman, Radiation Oncology
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Submit completed add/drop form with instructor and Program Director e-mail approval (or actual signature) to the Graduate School Registrar's office for processing.

 

Established Graduate (Ph.D. , M.D./Ph.D, and M.S.) Cancer Research Training Program Courses:

MBGC 5020Q: Cancer Biology: Intrinsic Cell Signaling & Cancer Development

Normal grades based on two examinations
January 4, 2012 to February 24, 2012, Tuesday and Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: NJMS Cancer Center, H level conference room: H-1196
Course Directors: Harvey L. Ozer, M.D.
Course Contact: Harvey L. Ozer, M.D., ozerhl@njms.rutgers.edu

Summary: The Cancer Biology course entails a series of lectures and discussion of primary literature in the multiple aspects of cancer. Presentations are by experts in the different molecular and cellular aspects of alterations in cancer cells and the organism's response. The topics follow a recommended text. The course meets for 2 hours twice weekly, typically by the faculty members who are drawn from the NJMS Cancer Center as well as others in the MBGC program based on their expertise. It is held in NJMS-University Hospital Cancer Center which is accessible from the MSB as well as directly.

The objective is to serve as an introduction to mechanisms in cancer for those who intend to enter a laboratory engaged in cancer research and as a comprehensive review at the PhD level for those students interested in fundamental cell regulation.

Students are advised to enroll in 5015Q in block 4 as well as 5020Q in block 3 although either course may be taken independently.

 

Topics in Cancer Stem Cell, MSBS N512
Pranela Rameshawar, Ph.D.
MSBS, 2 credits
Medical Science Building, B-619
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tuesdays and Thursdays
June 12-June 28)

The course is offered during summers and will include didactic lectures and discussions of recent literature on cancer stem cells from solid tumors and hematological malignancies. The students are expected to have a background in stem cell biology.

Link to course website here.


Molecular Oncology -- BIOC N5100
Course Coordinator: Michael A. Lea, Ph.D.
Location: B-556, Medical Science Building
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (except as noted)
Date: January 23 - May 15

The quiz will contribute 10% and each exam will contribute 45% to the total grade.
The text is available online through the Smith Library:
Holland-Frei Cancer Medicine, 6th edition, Kufe, D.W. et al. (editors), B.C. Decker: Hamilton, Ontario, 2003.
Link to course website here.


Hematopoietic Stem Cell Biology and Dysfunction
Pranela Rameshwar, Ph.D.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how dysfunctions in the hematopoietic stem cells lead to clinical abnormalities (diseases). In addition, students will learn how attempts are being made to solve the clinical problems and how these solutions were derived from an understanding of basic biology: biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology.

Hematology has been at the forefront of advances in non-bone marrow stem cells. The subject of hematology involves studies of bone marrow-resident stem cells and the influences of the microenvironment and the immune system on homeostasis of the bone marrow. An understanding of the aberrant stem cell mechanisms, which underlie hematological diseases will provide paradigms for further study of other stem cells and their application in clinical medicine.

Link to course website here.


Molecular Virology

This course includes lectures and student presentations based on recent research publications. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles of virus-host cell interactions and the molecular basis of viral pathogenesis. All important human viruses will be discussed, including papilloma, herpes, smallpox, polio, measles, West Nile, HIV, influenza, SARS and hepatitis viruses. Lectures cover viral structures; viral strategies of invasion, transcription, replication, and dissemination; viral offense and host defense; prevention and control of viral diseases; and approaches for studying viruses.

Link to course website here.


Clinical Trials Overview: Methodology and Practice (GSND-N5310-001)

David L. Hom, M.S.
Director of Research, Division of Academic Medicine, Geriatrics and Community Programs, Department of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Location:
Friday, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, January 4 to April 12.
Dental School B-723 (within suite B-842).

Link to course website here.


Molecular and Cellular Immunology

Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, PhD
Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
bocarsly@njms.rutgers.edu
TEL (973) 972-5233
FAX (973) 972-3503

Location, Dates and Times:
Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 PM
Room MSB C-600

Texts:
Kuby Immunology, 6th Edition (WH Freeman)

Link to course website here.


The Business of Science: From Molecules to Medicines

This course is intended to provide the class with a practical, hands-on look at drug development. The activities we will be assigning will be real deliverables for which professionals working in the pharma industry are responsible throughout the research and development cycle. There are two reasons this course will be valuable for you: (1) if you are considering a career in a pharma company, this will be your opportunity to understand what it might entail, and (2) we have found that theory combined with practical application enables the most effective learning.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings (6 - 9pm) on the UMDNJ Newark campus; Medical Sciences Building Room C-555.

Course Directors:
Nicholas M Ponzio, Ph.D.
973-972-5238
ponzio@njms.rutgers.edu

Steve R. Ritland, Ph.D.
973-325-5245
steve_r.ritland@roche.com

Link to course website here.


Course in Professional Development

Steven Levison, PhD - Neurology and Neuroscience,
NJMS Cancer Center-H-1226 (Course Director)
e-mail: Steve.levison@njms.rutgers.edu
973-972-5162

This is a two credit course. Grades will be determined by the instructors based on the student's performance on four assignments: Assignment # 1: Review of a mock paper, prepared by the instructor. Assignment # 2: Writing exercise: 1500 word description of a rotation or other research experience. Assignment # 3: 10 minute oral presentation of assignment #2, including slide preparation. Assignment # 4: Preparation of a curriculum vitae and a PHS Biosketch

All sessions are 3:00-4:30 pm in the Neurology and Neuroscience Conference Room (MSB-H-506)

Summary:

There is a set of skills that scientists must possess that are not typically taught as part of a graduate program curriculum, yet these skills are fundamental for the success of future graduates. These skills include the ability to write, present and critique scientific material; to efficiently manage time, manage information and personnel; to secure employment, to master the process of writing and submitting grants, and to know how to conduct oneself at meetings and seminars. In the absence of any formal seminars on these topics, most graduate students learn these skills by trial and error, which is inefficient at best. Therefore, this course will provide guidance to graduate students in these important subject areas.

Link to course website here.