91401 Immunology6cp; Spring session: 11wks (2hpw, lecture; 3hrs, practical session [every alternating week]; 2x 2hrs, workshops, online). January session: 5wks (4 x 3hrs, practical sessions; 2x 2hrs, workshops, online; 10 x 2hrs, lectures)
Requisite(s): 91400c Human Anatomy and Physiology
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This subject is designed to introduce the basic concepts of immunology for students planning careers in biomedical research, biotechnology and diagnostic pathology. The cells of the blood, bone marrow and immune tissues are studied in detail with regard to their identification, morphology and function. The development of these cells (haematopoiesis) and their role in haemostasis and immune function is investigated. The study of immune function is structured in such a way that it follows the course of an immune response, from initial non-specific reactions to the development of adaptive responses and immunological memory. Emphasis is given to the basic concepts that underlie the recognition of foreign bodies by the host and the immune response to infection. The practical sessions introduce students to a variety of immunological techniques routinely used in pathology and research laboratories such as serial dilutions, Coombs test, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and flow cytometry.
Spring session, City campus
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