Cancer is a leading cause of adult mortality across the world. The disease has been subject to research since the late nineteenth century and intensive research since the Second World War. Huge strides have been made and survival has doubled from 25% in 1970 to 50% in 2013, yet cancer has proved much more difficult than predicted. Although this sounds like a medical problem it isn't. It's a science problem. When the US put a man on the moon it's because they knew what the problem was, they had to marshal the resources and solve the practical challenges. When Nixon failed to win his war on cancer it's because we simply didn't understand the science. And we still have missing data.
This course will begin with a detailed introduction to what cancer is and how it works. We cannot give you all the answers, but we can help you explore the questions and challenges.
We will continue by offering you a chance to get into the lab and perform a modern set of lab techniques to isolate, amplify and sequence DNA. The week will conclude by looking at some exciting areas of research: radiation physics, immunotherapy, molecular imaging, and metastasis. You will have a chance to look at some clinical trial principles and experience tutorial discussions.