Course Description

IN PERSON: In this course, we explore how scientists and clinicians are using the immune system to fight cancer, combat allergies and develop new types of vaccines. Students are exposed to basic immunological principles as well as to breakthroughs in our understanding of the immune system that are set to trigger a revolution in medicine in the 21st century. We discuss achievements in combating cancer by controlling tumors through the application of gene-editing technology and immune checkpoint inhibitors. We explore how vaccines work, how highly efficacious COVID-19 vaccines were developed using mRNA technology and how this technology is opening the door to fight other diseases. Finally, we review the latest anti-allergic immunotherapeutic strategies such as monoclonal antibodies and immunomodulators that are becoming important in the treatment of diseases such as allergies and cancer. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of recent advances in immunology to modern medicine. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 25.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Immunology: Its Role in Revolutionizing Medicine
Classroom - In Person
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Jan 31, 2023 to Mar 21, 2023
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Classroom - In Person  
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Section Notes

: The course requires no specific knowledge of immunology, science or medicine, though basic knowledge of biology would be helpful. Classes will be interactive and will include slides and videos. The recommended books and video are for those who wish to know more and will supplement course material.

Recommended reading:
Philipp Dettmer, "Immune" (9780593241318)
Punt, Sranford, Jones and Owen, "Kuby Immunology" (9781464189784)
Video: Basic Immunology (101), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFNxXfwlP3A
Video: The Side Effects of Vaccines, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBkVCpbNnkU

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