Cancer Courses

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center that provides education as well as resource and service initiatives that support cancer research worldwide.

As part of our education initiative, JAX offers two signature cancer courses:

  • Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer
  • Workshop on Techniques in Modeling Human Cancer in Mice

The Annual Cancer Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer provides a broad survey of cancer research and experimental modeling from systems and computational genetics, to the tumor microenvironment and tumor progression, to inflammation and immunotherapy. Unlike a semester-long graduate course or an academic seminar series spread across a full year or more, this course delivers a large amount of material into an intensive training period. The program is 70% seminar-based and 30% workshop-based, including computational workshops. Participants interact directly with faculty, JAX Cancer Center scientists, patient advocates and medical oncologists to gain broad exposure and knowledge as it relates to human cancer.

 

The Workshop on Techniques in Modeling Human Cancer in Mice provides training in the use of genetically defined laboratory mice as tools for asking questions about gene function and the role of genetics in the biology of cancer. The majority of this workshop is dedicated to hands-on laboratory sessions covering cancer model manipulations and surgical techniques that are broadly applicable to many cancer types such as brain, breast, colon, lung, leukemia/lymphoma and prostate.