Undergraduate Course: Immunobiology of Malaria (IMMU10007)
|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||This elective aims to provide an advanced immunological understanding of malaria, arguably the most important parasitic infection of mankind and an outstanding challenge to practical immunology. The emphasis will be on human malaria, though animal models will be considered when appropriate to current hypotheses of immunity and/or pathogenesis.
The course begins with an overview of the basic biology of Plasmodium parasites and an outline of various experimental models used in malaria immuno-biology studies. The clinical spectrum of malaria in humans will be explored, followed by a description of the host-parasite interactions that contribute to malaria pathology. Co-infections will also be considered, and specific immunological and pathological aspects of malarial anaemia. Several sessions will examine immune mechanisms (innate and acquired) that can mediate protection against malaria, as well as the immunological pathways contributing to pathology. Finally, we shall examine current malaria vaccine candidates and their mechanisms of protection, and consider whether the current roll-out of the first WHO-approved malaria vaccine RTS,S is justified.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2 essay-type questions from a choice of 4 assessed in Dec exam diet.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||1:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Advanced understanding of the immunological processes triggered by infection with malaria parasites.
- Attainment of advanced skills in reading, understanding and evaluating primary scientific papers.
- Development of oral presentation skills and written communication skills.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Alex Rowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 5492
|Course secretary||Mr Tim MacDonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 7296