Imperial College London
Immunology: Immune System and Infectious Diseases
Imperial College London

Immunology: Immune System and Infectious Diseases

This course is part of Immunology: The Immune System and its Failures Specialization

Taught in English

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Malgorzata (Maggie) Trela
Sophie Rutschmann

Instructors: Malgorzata (Maggie) Trela

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10 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • In this course, you will go on a journey with our infectious disease experts and explore immune response to bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

  • You will learn about mechanisms that some of these pathogens have developed to evade the immune response and survive in its human host.

  • You will learn about some of these disease in more details, focussing on aspects of the immune response in the various phases of the infection.

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

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There are 6 modules in this course

In module one, you will explore the innate and adaptive mechanisms of defence against bacterial infections in the human host. As they differ, the responses to both intracellular and extracellular bacteria will be discussed. In particular, you will learn about the specific cell subsets that are involved and the molecules and mechanisms they deploy to provide protection against these pathogenic infections.

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7 videos5 readings2 quizzes

In module two, we will explore both innate and adaptive mechanisms of defence against viral infections in the human host. The specific cellular and molecular immune mechanisms involved in this protection will be discussed. Finally, our experts will explain the plethora of strategies developed by the viruses to evade from our immune system and that ultimately allow them to survive and sometimes thrive in their mammalian host. Some examples will be discussed, including SARS-CoV-2.

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3 videos6 readings3 quizzes1 discussion prompt

Module three of this course will explore in detail the immune mechanisms deployed by the mammalian host to combat this particular eukaryotic type of pathogen. In particular, you will discuss the role of specific cells and molecules involved and, using specific examples, you understand how our immune system responds to the various types of fungus its host encounters.

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2 videos4 readings1 quiz

In module four, you will explore the innate and adaptive immune responses to this neglected parasitic infection. The specific cells and molecules and their interactions will be explored. Using the different forms of the diseases, our expert will discuss how the parasite is able to use the immune system to evade destruction.

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3 videos3 readings2 quizzes

Module five will investigate our immune response to this deadly parasite. Presented by our experts in the field, this module will cover the cells and molecules involved as well as the different phases of immune response deployed in the various phases of the parasite’s life cycle in the host. The module will also cover immune resistance to the clinical symptoms of the disease and will explain the difficulties encountered in the development of efficient prevention and treatment options.

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2 videos5 readings2 quizzes

Module six, our last in the course, is dedicated to understanding tuberculosis. Led by our experts in the field, you will discover the symptomatic diversity of this bacterial infection, the primary cause of death worldwide resulting from a single pathogen. You will explore our immune response against this pathogen, the factors contributing to the ongoing tuberculosis epidemic and the immunopathology of the disease.

What's included

1 video3 readings2 quizzes

Instructors

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4.7 (11 ratings)
Malgorzata (Maggie) Trela
Imperial College London
5 Courses10,322 learners
Sophie Rutschmann
Imperial College London
5 Courses10,322 learners

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