Clinical Cancer Research (CCR)
The program “Clinical Cancer Research” is focused on the clinical and translational aspects of cancer research. It combines clinical aspects with molecular biology-based strategies to investigate and characterize different types of cancer, from childhood to adult malignancies. This program provides basic training in ethics, clinical trial methodology, and gender issues. Additionally, knowledge on multiple fronts in the field of cancer research is presented, such as tumor angiogenesis, tumor immunology, molecular oncology, drug development, tissue engineering, and 3D bioprinting.
The goal of this program is to train students in state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies that are relevant for advanced clinical cancer research and to communicate the skills and knowledge to translate basic research into applied clinical research- /-clinical studies and vice versa. This goal is pursued through courses by scientists from basic cancer research as well as by research-oriented clinical oncologists. Students are trained in interdisciplinary courses on cell culture, molecular biology, tissue engineering, molecular genetics, immunology, and statistics, and also learn to present scientific work in journal clubs, group meetings, and at congresses.
The combination of basic oncology with clinical oncology (“from bench to bedside and back”) can be described as “translational oncology”. Our goal is to promote critical thinking and a better understanding of the complex underlying mechanisms that cause cancer and often represent the “Achilles’ heels” in treating cancer. The program qualifies candidates for positions in science-oriented hospitals with a special focus on oncology at the international level.