Advanced Immunology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Immunology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MICR 223

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Mechanisms of immune activation and tolerance, molecular immunology, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, immunoendocrinology, tumour immunotherapy and transplant immunology. Tools for tumour immunotherapy, fluorescent cell sorting, lymphocyte activation, cytotoxicity and cytokine assays.
    The immune system helps determine how our bodies respond to infections, allergens, transplantation and cancer. Understanding how it functions is essential for the development of effective vaccines and treatments. This paper will demonstrate how the immune system functions and give you the opportunity to see how your knowledge can be applied. A course in immunology opens up career possibilities in fields as diverse as influenza vaccine development, cancer immunology and autoimmunity. This course will build on your fundamental knowledge of immunology. This paper is ideal if you want to explore and develop your understanding of the immune system, and investigate the application of immunology knowledge at the interface between disease and the host response to disease.

    Course Structure
    The lectures focus on:
    -Comparative immunology
    -Antigen recognition and presentation
    -Immune development
    -Molecular immunology
    -B cells
    -Immune regulation

    The laboratory course investigates cancer immunotherapy. In these labs, you will work in groups to design and carry out an immunotherapy for melanoma. You will design an experimental approach to treat melanoma, prepare the treatment and measure its effectiveness. Several protocols will be provided to help you.

    -Poster for Practical Component 20%
    -Blackboard Quiz on Lab Content 10%
    -Final Exam 70%

    Learning Outcomes
    -Build on fundamental knowledge of immunology
    -Investigate the application of immunology knowledge at the interface between disease and the host response to disease

    Essential text: Immunobiology: the immune system in health and disease (7th or 8th Edition). Janeway C. and Travers P, Blackwell Scientific Publications

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