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Fundamentals of the Immune System

Have you ever wondered how you body fights infection? This introductory course explains what your immune system is and the different ways it helps you to fight infection.

Starts 12th August 2022

About This Course

This course will give you a strong foundation of the basic principles of the immune system including what it is, and how it works. It will also explain why the study of the immune system is important for society and will cover the main immune cell types and explain the differences between the innate and adaptive immune systems. Students will learn about how the immune system fights infections and about chronic inflammation. They will learn about the role of the immune system in allergies, autoimmune disorders and inherited immunodeficiency disorders. Finally, students will learn about how the immune system can be targeted therapeutically using immunotherapies.

Who Is This Course For

This course is for anyone with a basic understanding of biology who is looking to get a strong base knowledge or is curious about how the immune system works, why it is important and its role in diseases. It will be particularly useful for anyone considering a studying or a career in immunology as this course gives a strong overview of the foundations of the immune system and how it can be harnessed therapeutically. It is also useful to anyone who would like to refresh their knowledge on the basics of immunology and the vocabulary used in the field of immunology.

What you'll learn

  • Gain an understanding of what the immune system is and how it fights infections
  • Understand and learn about the importance of research into how the immune system functions in both health and disease
  • Gain knowledge on why and how chronic inflammation occurs
  • Explore the role of the immune system in diseases such as allergic reactions and autoimmune disorders
  • Learn about how the immune system can be harnessed in the treatment of diseases

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Alice Hamilton

Dr. Alice Hamilton gained a 1st class BSc in Biomedical Sciences in 2015 from the University of Dundee. She then joined the William Harvey Institute Queen Mary University of London where in 2016 she gained a MRes Inflammation: Cellular and Vascular Aspects and in 2020 she gained a PhD in cardiovascular pathophysiology. Her doctoral thesis was titled ‘The Effect of Social Isolation on the Immune System’.

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