This specialization is designed to equip students with the basic concepts and vocabulary of immunology. The goal is to provide students from different backgrounds with a fundamental understanding of immunology and the ability to appreciate and analyze new developments in immunological therapies designed for the treatment of disease.
You will learn:
- The basics of innate immunity, including complement, and its role in inflammation and activation of adaptive immunity.
- The development of B cells and the production and improvement of antibodies.
- The development of Th cells and their roles in promoting both immune responses and tolerance.
- The role of the Major Histocompatibility Proteins in alerting T cells and their role in the success of organ and tissue transplants.
- The mechanisms whereby cytotoxic T cells and natural kill cells recognize rogue-self cells and prod them into apoptosis.
- The principles of chemical communication among immune cells.
- Some example of how the immune system can cause problems and how we deal with these issues.
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