This course builds on the previous course by further discussing the immune system and its defense mechanisms. The evasion mechanisms of pathogens, the different immunological tests, types of vaccines with their advantages and disadvantages are also covered.
Although the majority of self-reactive T cells are deleted in the thymus this process is far from complete. Thus, under certain circumstances the immune system recognizes self-antigens as foreign and produces auto-antibodies against them with the end effect of tissue destruction. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to introduce students to a number of auto immune diseases associated with the different organ systems, in terms of epidemiology, etiology, presentation, diagnosis and treatment.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the sub Unit the students should be able to know the following:
- To equip the student with knowledge about the pathology associated with the immune system.
- To educate students on the diagnosis and treatment of immune associated pathology.
- Definition, profiles and principles of immunity to infections.
- Protective immune mechanisms against bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
- Immune evasion strategies of the pathogens.
- Immunodiagnosis of identified infections.
- Vaccine productions standardization scheduled and associated complication.