Biology of Neoplasms
Biology of Neoplasms (BN) is a doctoral study program that focus on cancer research or closely related research fields combining novel knowledge of molecular biology in carcinogenesis, cancer diagnosis and oncological treatment by reﬂecting the contemporary management of neoplasms. Our professors’ pathologists and their associates (clinicians, immunologists, molecular biologists and geneticists, biochemists, chemists and statisticians), through various courses interdisciplinary emphasize the phenomenon of tumor development, formation, diagnosis and treatment with acquisition of new knowledge, advances in techniques, and better understanding of the biology of neoplasms.
The study program is jointly performed by the University of Split School of Medicine and collaborating institutions are the Ruder Bošković Instutute, University of Zadar and University of Dubrovnik. In addition to professors from Croatia, our participating guest professors are from Great Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland. There are seven obligatory and 29 elective courses.
Students that are eligible to apply for the program need to have degree in biomedicine or related graduate studies with the graduate score above 3.5. Each academic year, ten students are enrolled. The study is partial or full-time, depending on the individual requirement of each candidate, and lasts three years (180 ECTS). Each student has a mentor who gives advice on course selection and research. Study programme Council organize, twice a year, an interview with each student to monitor the progress of his research thesis. In the first year, the share of teaching and scientific workload is 30:30 ECTS credits with teaching workload 15 ECTS obligatory and 15 ECTS elective courses. In the second year the share of teaching and scientific workload 15:45 ECTS while in third year scientific workload is 60 ECTS. Of the extracurricular activities, any published research paper or active participation in scientific conferences is evaluated by an additional ECTS.
The scientific work is performed at the Laboratory of Biology of Neoplasms and Department of Pathology, and Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology.
Our students are mostly young physicians of various clinical specializations or in other related graduate studies at the beginning of their professional careers. Several BN students have successfully conducted part of their research at international universities (Harvard and Johns Hopkins in the USA, Goethe University in Germany, Cadarache and Lyon in France, Leiden in the Netherlands, Plzen in Czech Republic).
Examples of published scientific papers of our PhD students