Combined Bachelor's + Master's degree in Medicine and Surgery

Immunology

Course code
4S00179
Name of lecturer
Vincenzo Bronte
Coordinator
Vincenzo Bronte
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
MED/04 - EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE AND PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Site
VERONA
Period
Lezioni 2° semestre 1°- 5° anno dal Feb 20, 2017 al May 26, 2017.

Lesson timetable

Lezioni 2° semestre 1°- 5° anno

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Learning outcomes

Objectives of the course
• acquisition of the knowledge in fundamental biologic mechanisms regulating the immune system function for the defense against infections, as well as pathogenesis of hypersensibility, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency; 

• understanding the main laboratory methods used by the immunologist and the immune pathologist;

Objectives of professional expertise

• overview on the immune system function, either in health or disease state;
• overview on the basics for the most common immune laboratory techniques, with the aim to understand: a) the results of laboratory analyses obtained through immunological techniques; b) previously occurred immune responses to infections; c) congenital or acquired immune dysfunctions; d) hypersensibility patterns; e) main autoimmune pathologies; f) immune strategies applied to allergy and immunodeficiency therapies; g) general principles of vaccine and immune suppression therapy; h) transplantation and tumor immunology.

Syllabus

Innate and acquired Immunity. Anatomy, cytology and biochemistry of the immune system: lymphoid organs, cells (lymphocytes, dendritic cells, macrophages, granulocytes, hemopoietic precursors), and molecules (immunoglobulins, T cell receptor, MHC molecules, co-stimulatory molecules). Cellular receptors of innate immunity, sensing of pathogen and damage patterns. Antigen processing and presentation. Cell-mediated and humoral immune response. The complement cascade. Cytokines, chemokines and cell-cooperation. Defense against infections. Immune tolerance. Hypersensibility reactions. Autoimmune diseases. Immunodeficiency. Immunity and tumors. Principles of immunotherapy. Immuno-hematology. Immunology of transplantation.

Recommended texts:

K. MURPHY, P. TRAVERS, M. WALPORT
Janeway’s Immunobiology
GS Garland Science – 9th edition, 2016

A.K. ABBAS, A.H. LICHTMAN, S. PILLAI
Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Elsevier Saunders, 8th edition, 2015

PETER PARHAM
The immune system
GS Garland Science, - 4th edition, 2015

D. MALE, J. BROSTOFF, D. ROTH, I. ROITT
Immunology
Elsevier, 7th edition, 2009

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test, based on questions with multiple choice answers.



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