Metastasis research has made great advances in the last 10-15 years and our understanding of the multiple-step nature of this process, the cell biology and genetics as well as the role of host factors in this complex process are becoming better defined. However, it is becoming apparent that our advanced understanding of the biology underlying metastasis needs to be rapidly translated into more effective therapies for metastatic cancer in the future. Having a good working knowledge and understanding of metastasis for the cancer researcher, scientist and pharmacologist will greatly aid in the development of potent and effective anti-metastatic therapeutics in the near future.
The major objectives of the course are :
- the participants will gain an understanding of the metastatic process, its major determinants and pathways to identify and test novel therapeutics
- building on their general knowledge of metastasis they will be have a theoretical understanding of the primary models and principles of metastatic research
- to demonstrate to the participants, the pathway of translational metastatic research and future opportunities in the field