Courses for research nurses

These courses are designed for research nurses and clinical trials coordinators.

Cancer biology & targeted treatments for solid tumours (2 day)

Level: intermediate (Designed for research nurses and clinical trials staff; doesn’t require any prior scientific understanding of cancer)

Description: This course provides a grounding in cancer biology and genetics before moving to
descriptions of a wide range of targeted treatments for solid tumours. Also includes mechanisms of drug resistance and an introduction to biomarkers and personalised cancer care. Includes a variety of practical exercises, question sheets and quizzes. It is the most popular course with the NIHR Cancer Research Network.
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Cancer biology and targeted cancer treatments: de-mystifying the science (1 day)

Level: intermediate (Designed for research nurses and clinical trials staff; doesn’t require any prior scientific understanding of cancer)

Description: Tailored towards staff involved in research trials who are educated to degree level but without a science background. Similar to course 3 but goes at a faster pace with fewer practical exercises.
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The science of targeted cancer treatments (1 day)

Level: advanced (Designed for experienced research nurses and clinical trials staff with a biology background.)

Description: This course is used by research networks and clinical trials units for their more senior staff. As well as an overview of targeted treatments against receptor tyrosine kinases, B-Raf, MEK, mTOR, angiogenesis etc. it includes experimental approaches such as immunotherapy. It also discusses clinical trial design and the use of biomarkers.
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Targeted cancer treatments for breast and ovarian cancer (1 day or 2 half-days)

Level: intermediate/advanced (Designed for research nurses and other staff working on breast and ovarian cancer trials; requires some prior understanding of cancer biology)

Description:  This course provides an overview of the cellular and genetic makeup of breast and ovarian cancer, along with information on targeted treatments in use and in development for these cancers.
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Targeted treatments for cancers of the blood (1 day or 2 half-days)

Level: intermediate/advanced (Designed for research nurses and other staff working on haematological cancer trials; requires some prior understanding of cancer biology)

Description: This course introduces the unique cellular and genetic features of haematological cancers. It covers a range of targeted treatment approaches in use and in development for these cancers, including monoclonal antibodies and inhibitors of: FLT3, KIT, JAK2, BTK, NFκB, Bcl-2 and repressor fusion proteins.
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Targeted treatments for cancers of the  digestive system (1 day or 2 half-days)

Level: intermediate/advanced (Designed for research nurses, junior doctors and other staff working   on cancer trials for cancers of the digestive system; requires some prior   understanding of cancer biology)

Description: This course provides a sweeping   overview of targeted treatments for oesophageal, gastric, colon, rectal,   pancreatic and liver cancer. The relevant science behind each treatment is   explained for a non-scientific, non-specialist audience.
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Targeted treatments for lung cancer & urological cancers (1 day or 2 half-days)

Level: intermediate/advanced (Designed for research nurses, junior doctors and other staff working on cancer trials for urological; requires some prior understanding of cancer biology)

Description: This course provides a description of the faulty genes and proteins that drive non-small cell lung cancer, prostate and kidney cancer. It also provides an overview of targeted treatment approaches for these diseases, such as hormone therapy, immunotherapy, kinase inhibitors and angiogenesis inhibitors. The relevant science behind each treatment is explained for a non-scientific, non-specialist audience.
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