IMG_7728How to Enroll

Interested participants can:

  • Enroll in the individual course(s) most relevant to their planned research or field of study.
  • Complete an Area of Concentration curriculum in conjunction with a master’s degree through the Department of Public Health Sciences.
  • Attend any of ongoing lectures or seminar series.

There is no formal application process for participation in most CCTS courses, but trainees are encouraged to reach out to faculty instructors prior to enrolling in a course. Those who wish to take courses for academic credit must enroll through the University Registrar.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Bogue, CHeSS Assistant Director of Training Programs, at kbogue*

Winter 2015

CCTS 40200/01
Cancer Bio-2: Mol Mech Cancer Biology
Instructor: ITM investigator Kay MacLeod
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10:30 – 12:20pm
Location: TBD
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how key cellular processes are deregulated in cancer and the molecular mechanisms underpinning these defects. The course covers cell cycle checkpoint control, cell death, tumor suppressor and oncogene function, DNA repair mechanisms, epigenetics of cancer, nuclear hormone receptor activity in cancer, tumor metabolism, hypoxia responses, angiogenesis and metastasis. In addition to material covered in formal lectures, discussion sessions cover tumor stem cells, “oncogene addiction,” inflammatory responses, cancer therapeutics, mouse models of human cancer and other topical subjects relevant to understanding tumor initiation and progression, as well as how current research may facilitate cancer treatment.

CCTS 40300/01
Signal Transduction and Disease

Instructors: ITM investigator Nicholai Dulin
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:20 PM
Location: TBD
Topics include receptor ligands, membrane receptor tyrosine kinases and phosphatases, G proteins, proto-oncogenes, signaling pathways, cytoplasmic protein kinases and phosphatases, transcription factors, receptor-nucleus signaling, development and cancer, genetic dissection of signaling pathways, cell growth and cell proliferation, interplay of cell cycle regulators, cell cycle progression and apoptosis, and sensing of hypoxia and mechanical stimuli. The role of signaling in disease is a theme throughout the course

CCTS 40400/20400
Health Disparities in Breast Cancer

Instructor: ITM investigators Eileen Dolan and Suzanne Conzen
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays 10:30-11:50 am
Location: Seminar –  TBD
Across the globe, breast cancer is the most common women’s cancer. In the last two decades, there have been significant advances in breast cancer detection and treatment that have resulted in improved survival rates. Yet, not all populations have benefited equally from these improvements, and there continues to be a disproportionate burden of breast cancer felt by different populations. In the U.S., for example, white women have the highest incidence of breast cancer but African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality overall. The socioeconomic, environmental, biological, and cultural factors that collectively contribute to these disparities are being identified with a growing emphasis on health disparities research efforts.  In this 10-week discussion-based course students will meet twice weekly and cover major aspects of breast cancer disparities.

CCTS 43000 (BIOS 29294)
Introduction to Global Health

Instructor: Chrissy Babcock and ITM investigator Sola Olopade
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00pm-1:20pm
Location: Seminar –  TBD
This course provides an overview of global health from the historical perspective to the current state of global health. The course features weekly guest lecturers with a broad range of expertise in the field: topics include the social and economic determinants of health, the economics of global health, global burden of disease, and globalization of health risks, as well as the importance of ethics, human rights, and diplomacy in promoting a healthier world. The course is designed for graduate-level students and senior undergraduates with an interest in global health work in resource-limited settings.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

CCTS 45300
Methods of Systematic Review
Instructor: Goutham Rao, Elbert Huang
Time: Thursdays, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Location: M214
This short course will introduce you to methods used to develop systematic reviews (both qualitative and quantitative i.e. meta-analysis) which have become increasingly popular in answering important health related questions. Students will work through the process of developing a review, including developing a sound clinical question, identifying, selecting, and assessing the quality of studies, identifying heterogeneity, and pooling results. Additional topics including identifying publication bias, subgroup and sensitivity analyses and emerging methods for meta-analysis will be covered very briefly. Students will also receive a brief introduction to meta-analysis software.

Course runs from January 7 through 28. If you are interested in enrolling or auditing this course, please contact Kelsey Bogue at

CCTS 47002
Advanced Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training Program – 2

Instructor: ITM investigators Deborah Burnet and Doriane Miller
Time: Various
Location: Series –  TBD
The Advanced CBPR Training Program is designed to help meet the growing need and demand for educational resources that help build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain effective CBPR partnerships. The Program consists of six sessions that are offered on various Fridays throughout the year. Lunch will be provided at each session.

Registrants who wish to receive 025 units of course credit must register for CCTS 47001 in the fall, CCTS 47002 in the winter, & CCTS 47003 in the spring. They must also register online here.