Genomics Lite: Cancer Research Series

Exploring how genomic research aids our understanding of cancer

This series will explore how genomics research is used to study cancer, how research techniques advance our understanding of cancer, and how this may inform treatment. 

Session 1. Cancer Research in context with Dr Elizabeth Coker

We'll be joined by Dr Elizabeth Coker and exploring how genomics can aid our understanding of cancer, and how this can aid in the design of cancer drugs. 

Date: Thursday 29th April 4:30-5:30pm, register here.

A recording of the session will be made available here afterwards.

Session 2. Cancer Research in the lab with Dr Patricia Jaaks

More details on this session to follow. 

Date: Thursday 6th May 4:30-5:30pm, register here.

A recording of the session will be made available here afterwards.

Session 3. Cancer Research the big questions with Dr Alastair Droop

We’ll be joined by Alastair Droop to discuss how artificial intelligence is being used in cancer and health care, and the ethics of AI.

Date: Thursday 13th May 4:30-5:30pm, register here.

A recording of the session will be made available here afterwards.

Session 4. Cancer Research career pathways with Campus Researchers

We'll be joined by a number of researchers from the Wellcome Genome Campus to discuss how they got into the field of cancer research.

Date: Thursday 20th May 4:30-5:30pm, register here.

A recording of the session will be made available here afterwards.

 

Learning Resources

What is cancer?

How can genomics help us understand and treat cancer?

  • Genomics can help researchers identify genes associated with specific cancers, which can lead to the development of targeted drugs. This video highlights how DNA sequencing was used to identify that the gene BRAF is commonly mutated in malignant melanoma: 

How is cancer treated?

  • There are a number of treatment options for cancer, depending on its stage and location. Watch this video to understand why different treatements are used for different cancers:

  • Pharmocogenomics can be used to target specific genetic mutations within cancer genes.
  • The use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in diagnosing and treating conditions is increasing. Watch this video to find out more about how AI might transform healthcare:

Careers relating to cancer

  • There are a number of different careers related to cancer, including being a specialist doctor or cancer research. You can use the NHS Career Explorer to find out more about what type of medical career might suit you. 
  • Watch these videos to get an idea of what types of cancer-related careers there are:

Activity: KRAS Cancer Mutation