Imperial College London

Types of Vaccine

This course is part of Foundations in Virology and Vaccinology Specialization

Taught in English

John Tregoning

Instructor: John Tregoning

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Intermediate level

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8 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Recognise how viruses cause infections

  • Recognise how vaccines prevent infections

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March 2024

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4 assignments

Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Intermediate level

Recommended experience

8 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

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There are 4 modules in this course

First, we will look at the very first vaccines and how they shaped the future of the field. This shows how vaccine development closely follows developments in other scientific fields. The early history of microbiology and vaccinology are closely tied. The founders of one field often worked in another – for example Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch. Their approaches centred on the whole pathogen. Early vaccines were made with an understanding of infection biology, but not so much about the immune response to these pathogens. We will focus in on the range of methods used to develop vaccines, many of which are still used in vaccine development today.

What's included

6 videos7 readings1 assignment2 discussion prompts

Here we will look at protein and sugar-based vaccines. We will start by looking at how these vaccines provide protection. We will then investigate how novel biotechnology techniques have helped in the development of new vaccines, before looking at how sugars can be targeted and the impact this has had. Finally, we will explore how advances in immunological understanding are helping to shape the next generation of vaccines.

What's included

5 videos3 readings1 assignment4 discussion prompts

Here we will explore how instead of targeting individual parts of a pathogen, we can take weaker forms of a pathogen and use it to make a vaccine. We will look at the original vaccines that were developed by this approach, then more broadly at how the immune system provides protection at two sites of infection – the airways and the guts. Finally, we will look at two viral pathogens, polio and influenza, and the past, present and future of vaccines for them.

What's included

5 videos3 readings1 assignment2 discussion prompts

Finally, we will look at how vaccines can be used to prevent and contain pandemics. We will start with a history of the use of vaccines in pandemics and the special requirements. We will then look at two of the new platforms that were successful during the COVID-19 pandemic, RNA and viral vectors.

What's included

6 videos4 readings1 assignment3 discussion prompts

Instructor

John Tregoning
Imperial College London
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