Undergraduate Course: Therapeutic Immunology (IMMU10012)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Immunopathology caused by autoimmune and allergic diseases is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in western populations. They result from failures in immune tolerance mechanisms, thereby allowing unwanted immunity to self (autoimmunity) or to innocuous non-self antigens such as food (allergy). Transplant rejection is a related problem, in that there is a lack of established tolerance to allogeneic antigens expressed by the transplanted organ. In each of these pathologic scenarios there is a need for improved immunotherapy, because currently there are no cures and life-long immunosuppression, or the use of very potent immunomodulatory biologics, have significant adverse effects.
In this course we shall develop an understanding of the pathways leading to these diseases, with particular emphasis on how we can treat these currently, and how we might better treat them with more effective, directed therapies in the future.
We shall draw on various fundamental aspects of immunology ¿ the role of MHC, antigen processing and presentation, the role of co-stimulation in the immune response, cytokines, etc. Therefore the core immunology course will be required for this course. The course will involve a mixture of lectures and problem-based learning with an emphasis on discussion of the controversial aspects of the subject. By the end of the course the student will be expected to have an understanding of the topic within the context of general immune mechanisms.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||In course assessment: In course assessment by class test (closed-book assessment) held in the final session of the course.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the course the student will be expected to have an understanding of the topic within the context of general immune mechanisms.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Stephen Anderton
Tel: (0131 6)50 5499
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Fox
Tel: (0131 6)50 5454
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