CBI-20803 Introduction to Human Immunology

Course

Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Knowledge clip0
Lecture12
Practical25
Course coordinator(s)dr. S Brugman
dr. R Tennekes
Lecturer(s)dr. S Brugman
Examiner(s)dr. R Tennekes

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

The course Cell Biology and basic knowledge on Human Anatomy and Human Physiology

Continuation courses:

CBI-30306 Human and Veterinary Immunology

Contents:

The immune system refers to a collection of cells and proteins that function to protect the skin, respiratory tract, intestinal tract and other areas from foreign antigens, such as microbes (organisms such as bacteria fungi, and parasites), viruses, cancer cells, and toxins. Recent advances in translational, clinical and fundamental research provide evidence for the modulation of immune responses (e.g. by foods, dietary ingredients and natural products). The purpose of the Immunology course is to provide a basic knowledge of the immune response and on the mechanisms by which organisms defend themselves against foreign antigens. The focus will be on human health and biomedical applications, with examples from human diseases and infections.
The course will focus on:
- basic aspects of immunology;
- basic aspects of mucosal immune system in the gut;
- immune-related disorders in humans;
- the impact of various dietary components on the immune system;
- test systems enabling detection of immunomodulatory activity.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- define and memorize the basic aspects of immune defence reactions against pathogens and the basis of the development of immune-related diseases;
- define and memorize the principles of gut-associated mucosal immune system;
- understand the basic mechanisms of action whereby dietary components can modulate immune function with consequences for overall health of the individual;
- apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired during the course to resolve real-life case-related questions;
- have basic knowledge how to test immune activity.

Activities:

Lectures, Case Study and Practical

Examination:

As this is a new course taught for the first time in 2019/2020, the assessment strategy and -method is under construction and will be elaborated in the course guide.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBScC: Human and Animal Health Biology5MO
BVGNutrition and HealthBSc5MO
Restricted Optional for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc5MO