91359 Immunology 26cp; 3 hours per week (tutorial or practical; attendance is compulsory)
Requisite(s): 91401 Immunology 1
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Immunology is a discipline of biomedical science that studies the development, anatomy and functions of the immune system, all of which are of fundamental importance to the understanding of human health and disease. The immune system is composed of many types of molecules and cells, which are distributed in every tissue of the body, as well as specialised lymphoid organs. These molecules and cells act in a coordinated manner, sometimes synergistically and sometimes antagonistically, to prevent or eliminate infections, suppress the growth of tumours and initiate repair of damaged tissues. The immune system is key to our survival. The study of the immune system ultimately provides us with a fascinating insight into the relationship between animals and the organisms that infect them (not only bacteria and viruses, but also protozoans and parasites). The mammalian immune system has been shaped on co-evolutionary battlegrounds through interactions with pathogens to make it the most complicated and advanced among all organisms. There is value and excitement in discovering the intricacy and elegance of the mammalian immune system. Understanding the immune system also gives us the potential to develop therapies that control infectious disease (this includes vaccines), tumour development and other pathologies, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases, resulting from inappropriate and detrimental immune responses. As we learn more about the immune system in health and disease, we increase our potential to develop novel ways of modulating it to maintain or restore health. This subject provides current concepts of immunology to students who have some basic understanding of the discipline, and aims to develop knowledge of the wide spectrum of applied immunology in medicine, research and industry.
Autumn session, City campus
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- Subject EFTSL: 0.125