Academic Calendar 2021-2022

Cancer Research (CANC)

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CANC 380  Evolutionary Biology of Cancer  Units: 3.00  

This online course is designed to introduce students to cancer as an evolutionary problem. The material is unique in that it emphasizes the impact of the immune system in fighting cancer while at the same time shaping tumour cell evolution. Students will need to synthesize the impact of factors present in the tumour microenvironment.
NOTE Also offered online.
LEARNING HOURS may vary 120 (72O;48P)

Requirements: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (MICR 270/3.0; MICR 360/3.0; MICR 386/3.0) and one of (BCHM 270/3.0; BCHM 218/3.0).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
CANC 440  Cancer Biology and Therapeutics  Units: 3.00  

A consideration of current knowledge and theories about the biology and treatment of cancer. The course will be presented in a small group format, with active student participation required.
NOTE Priority to students in the LISC Specialization Plan, CANC Sub-Plan.

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 and (registration in a LISC or BCHM Major or Specialization Plan) and either [(a grade of B in BCHM 310 or BIOL 334) or (a GPA of 3.0 in BCHM 315 and BCHM 316)].  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
CANC 497  Current Topics in Cancer Biology and Genetics  Units: 3.00  

A seminar-based discussion of topics relevant to cancer research. This course will be run as a companion to CANC 499/12.0, and will incorporate the practical experience students gain in that course as one foundation of learning. Students will also be introduced to other relevant practical aspects of cancer research, including critical analysis of current literature, and the presentation of scientific results. The course will also involve attending and discussing a number of research seminars offered throughout the year.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;12G;72P)

Requirements: CANC499  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences  
CANC 499  Research Project in Cancer Biology and Genetics  Units: 12.00  

A research project involving the study of cancer biology or genetics. The project will be supervised by a faculty member associated with the Cancer Research Institute, and will provide opportunities for experimental design, data analysis and both written and oral presentation of results. Students must contact a potential faculty supervisor in the Spring preceding registration in fourth year. Enrolment is limited; acceptance by a supervisor required prior to registration.
NOTE Acceptance by a supervisor required prior to registration.
NOTE Students whose research requires the care and/or handling of animals must also complete the Introductory Animal Care Course and if required the appropriate Animal Use workshops through the Office of the University Veterinarian.
LEARNING HOURS 480 (288Lb;24G;24I;144P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Level 4 and registration in the LISC Specialization Plan (CANC Sub-Plan) and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. Exclusion ANAT 499; EPID 499; LISC 499; MICR 455; MICR 499; NSCI 499; PATH 499; PHAR 499; PHGY 499; REPD 499.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Health Sciences