Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Molecular Principles and Cancer Research

Course unit code: 569890

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Juan Gil Santano

Department: Faculty of Medicine

Credits: 3

Single program: No definit



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 75


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture

Face-to-face and online




-  Document study

Face-to-face and online




-  Seminar

Face-to-face and online




-  Other class types

Face-to-face and online



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


— Learning ability and responsibility: capacity for analysis, synthesis, global visions and practical application of knowledge and ability to take decisions and adapt to new situations.

— Communication skills: ability to understand and express oneself orally and in writing in English, with a proficient level in specialized language and ability to find, use and integrate information.

— Ability to reflect on the concept and general characteristics of cancer, the mechanisms by which it develops, as well as to learn the main techniques of study and diagnosis of the disease and possible therapies.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

— Understand the molecular bases of cancer and be able to read articles in the field of molecular and cellular oncology with a critical perspective.



Teaching blocks


1. Programme

*  1. Introduction (1h)

2. Genetics and epigenetics of cancer (1h)

3. Cell cycle control mechanisms (4h)

4. Signal transduction pathways (4h)

5. Metastasis (1h)

6. Angiogenesis (1h)

7. Apoptosis and cancer (2h)

8. Molecular bases of cancer therapy (2h)


Seminars (12 h)



Teaching methods and general organization


Theory lectures (16 hours) and seminars on the most recent results of renowned cancer researchers. Classes are taught entirely in English.



Official assessment of learning outcomes



Examination-based assessment

Review questions on a scientific paper.



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB




  • The Biology of Cancer (Garland Publishing Inc) 2nd Edition (2013)
    by Robert A. Weinberg


  • Hanahan, D., and Weinberg, R.A. (2000). The hallmarks of cancer. Cell 100, 57-70.
  • Hanahan, D., and Weinberg, R.A. (2011). Hallmarks of cancer: the next generation. Cell 144, 646-674.