Inflammation and immunopathology are encountered frequently in surgical practice, in settings such as acute pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease and rejection of organ transplants. Manipulation of the immune system through treatment with checkpoint inhibitors and other forms of immunotherapy is assuming increasing importance in the treatment of malignant melanoma and various other cancers. This unit of study will introduce students to the fundamental aspects of innate and cognate immune responses and their relationship to the clinical manifestations of some common surgical conditions.
The unit is delivered online and will require approximately 10 hours study per week.
participation in generation and peer review of assessment items (10%), online quizzes (25%,) case discussions (25%), online exam (40%)
Abbas, Lichtman and Pillai, Cellular and Molecular Immunology, 9th edition, Saunders .