Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Level Online Course by MIT

Published Feb 04, 2009

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Graduate students can learn about tumor functions, transport and treatment in the 'Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena' OpenCourseWare. The free online course is offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is part of the Health Sciences and Technology Department. Students taking this course are frequently pursuing a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering or Chemical Engineering.

Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena: Course Specifics

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Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena: Course Specifics

In the 'Tumor Pathophysiology and Transport Phenomena' OpenCourseWare, graduate students study the various stages of tumors' biological functions, from growth to treatment. The course examines the different phases of tumor activity, such as angiogenesis, binding of molecules of many sizes, cancer cell and immune cell motion, molecular transport and bodily responses to treatment. Students can also gain a better understanding of tumor diseases as they study the various physiological barriers against cancer remedies. The free online physiology course provides graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of tumors through lecture notes from the on-campus class. Some of the lecture topics include metastasis, extracellular matrix and the controlled release of drugs to tumors. Students can learn about bone marrow-derived cells' part in cancer through the lecture notes that include explanatory pictures and charts. The on-campus MIT course was taught by a team of instructors that includes Dr. Rakesh Jain, Dr. Pat D'Amore, Dr. Dan Duda, Professor Robert Weinberg, Dr. Raghu Kalluri, Dr. Robert Langer, Dr. Marsha Moses and Dr. Lance Munn. This oncology-related course was taught as a lecture class with one session per week, and students practiced writing grant proposals.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes and samples of student work. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the cancer transport phenomena and tumor pathophysiology course page.

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