BGM3065 : Biochemistry of Cancer and Chronic Diseases
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Craig Robson
- Lecturer: Dr Caroline Wilson, Dr Ian Cowell, Professor Steven Clifford, Professor Julie Irving, Dr Julian Rutherford, Dr Jill Hunter, Professor Neil Perkins
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
Through lectures and seminars this module aims to;
• provide an understanding of the biochemistry and clinical aspects of a number of chronic human diseases
• explain how knowledge of the biochemistry of a disorder can be used to develop rational drug design for its treatment
• provide an opportunity for students to further develop their written skills and critical analytical skills.
• inform students about the genetic and molecular basis of cancer and its treatment.
• introduce current technologies used in cancer detection, diagnostics and molecular pathology and allow students to explore how these techniques are being applied to advance our understanding of cancer.
• facilitate an understanding of the problems associated with cancer treatments.
Outline Of Syllabus
The biochemistry and clinical aspects of a number of chronic human diseases will be explored to explain how knowledge of the biochemistry of a disorder can be used to develop rational drug design for treatment. Topics include:
• biochemistry of trace metal sensing and its relevance to disease
• core mechanisms of metal-homeostasis (metallochaperones, metal-sensing transcriptional and translational regulators, metal-specific transporters and storage proteins) and provide some examples of the ways in which these processes fail in disease.
• NF-kB signalling in health and disease
• G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signalling and disease
• background to the biochemistry and molecular biology of cancer
• cancer as a multi-process genetic disease
• role of oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes
• roles of failures in the DNA repair mechanisms in causing cancer
• factors that lead to metastasis
• experimental genetic models of tumour development
• methods of anticancer treatment and the problems of drug resistance
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||27||1:00||27:00|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||3||1:00||3:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||3:00||3:00||Oral Presentations|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||167:00||167:00|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will provide the students with essential information to achieve learning outcomes. Seminars will provide additional information and develop the student’s critical skills. The workshop will be student (assessed) presentations. Independent study will enable students to widen their knowledge through reading recommended references and journal articles. The seminars focus on major topics covered in the lectures, providing in-depth knowledge of the topics and opportunities for students to discuss topic areas where they require additional information or clarification is required.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||120||2||A||80||The paper is divided into two sections A and B which relate to the two strands of the module. Students answer one from each section.|
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|BGM3024||The Molecular Basis of Cancer||2||Exams to be scheduled at the same time. Shared lectures/topics will allow the same questions to be used by these 2 modules|
|BMS3012||Cancer Biology and Therapy||2||Exams to be scheduled at the same time. Shared lectures/topics will allow the same questions to be used by these 2 modules|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||10||Oral Presentations (10 minutes including questions)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination primarily assesses students' knowledge and understanding. The essay, written after a tutorial discussion, will develop the students' ability to assimilate and analyse complex scientific information and to develop their written skills. Oral presentations develop students’ ability to distil information into a short form and to enhance their skills in platform presentation.