DescriptionThe objectives of MICR5842 Infection and Immunity are to familiarize students with the molecular and cellular basis of the immune system, to understand how the immune response protects humans from infection with viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms, and the effects of age on immune responses. The interaction between infectious agents and the human host is explored, particularly with regard to the integrity of the host immune system and strategies used by infectious agents to evade immune responses.
Students will acquire the capacity to understand how pathogen-specific immune responses contribute to disease in the host, and how immune-based treatment and prevention strategies combat infectious disease. In addition they will learn to analyse published studies which describe investigations of the interaction between pathogen and host immune responses. Practical skills in technologies widely used in immunology laboratories will be acquired in Laboratory classes and e-tutorials.