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This subject builds on the principles of immunology acquired by students in the pre-requisite subject MIIM30002 and provides a more detailed study of specific aspects of immunology. These include clinical and emerging areas in immunology such as: immune mechanisms that protect against pathogens and the implications for vaccine development and global health; immune system control and the diseases that may arise when that control is compromised; applications of immunology in organ transplantation; and immunotherapies to treat diseases of the immune system and cancers.
This subject is delivered by specialist research-based and clinical immunologists, who are experts in these areas of immunology. They will discuss the experimental basis of our knowledge of immunology, how laboratory-based research has been translated into clinical practice, and future directions for immunology research and clinical application.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of the subject students should be able to:
- describe the mechanisms by which various components of the immune system act in concert to provide protection against various infectious agents and cancer;
- explain the immunological challenges of organ transplantation and how they are addressed;
- interpret experimental evidence that supports exemplar immunological concepts;
- discuss how these responses can be harnessed to develop vaccines and the role of vaccination in global health;
- integrate knowledge acquired throughout the subject and apply it to novel scenarios.
- relate laboratory-based experimental results to translated clinical applications;
- describe the aetiology, pathogenesis and treatment of adverse immune responses occurring as a result of immune system dysregulation, such as occurs in autoimmune diseases;
- explain how immunotherapy modulates immune function leading to improved outcomes for immune disease and cancer patients, and understand the risk of unwanted effects;
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills
- the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases.
- the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
- the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer
Last updated: 25 February 2021