Spring 2020 - MBB 727 G100

Immune System II: Immune Responses in Health and Disease (3)

Class Number: 2797

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    We, Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 426 or HSCI 426 or permission of the instructor.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Defects in the immunologic response to bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. The mechanisms of action of vaccines. The causes of immune-mediated diseases, such as autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivity reactions (including asthma and allergy) and organ transplant rejection. The reaction of the immune system to cancer and immunotherapy for cancer. Students with credit for MBB 427, HSCI 427, or HSCI 727 may not complete MBB 727 for credit.

COURSE DETAILS:

Many diseases are caused by dysregulation of the immune system. This course will examine the immunological mechanisms underlying human immunopathologies with emphasis on diagnostics and therapies, especially emerging immunotherapies (therapeutic antibodies, CAR-T cells, cellular engineering), as well as vaccination. 

Lecture Topics
1.      Review of innate and adaptive immunity 
2.      Autoimmunity
3.      Immunity to microbes 
4.      HIV 
5.      Vaccines and their mechanisms of action 
6.      Transplantation immunology 
7.      Immunity to tumors 
8.      Hypersensitivity disorders 
9.      Allergy
10.    Congenital immunodeficiencies

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Understand the physiological, cellular, molecular and genetic bases of a range of immunopathologies. Develop insights into immunosurveillance and how cancer and organ transplantation overcome immune responses. Gain depth in the use of current technologies, including immunotherapies. Improve skills developed in MBB/HSCI 426/726 to review and critique papers in the primary literature, in both oral and written formats.
 

Grading

  • Non-cumulative exams (3 x 20%) 60%
  • One individual in-class presentation with written summary 30%
  • Class participation 10%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Original research articles and review articles

The Immune System, 4th Ed., Peter Parham, 2015. Garland Science.
ISBN: 978-0-8153-4466-7

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

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