autumn 2018

BIO-3609 Basal and Comparative Immunology - 10 stp

Sist endret: 20.08.2018

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Studiested

Tromsø |

Type of course

Obligatory course for the Akvamedisin program. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in biology of minimum 80 ECTS.An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.

Application code: 9371

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-1601 Introduction to microbiology, BIO-2601 General microbiology, MBI-1002 Cell- and molecular biology

Course contents

This course aims to provide an understanding of the components (organs, cells and molecules) of the vertebrate immune system and their mood of action. The lectures will focus both on mammalian species and on bony fish. In the general part, the course will particularly discuss on how the immune system protects the body from infectious microorganisms like virus, bacteria, fungi and parasites. The student will learn how immune responses, including both innate and adaptive responses, are initiated and terminated, and how the immune system "remembers" a pathogenic intruder such that it can respond stronger at subsequent infections (the basis for vaccination). In the fish immunology part, an overview of the immune system in fish, with emphasis on aquaculture species, is provided.

Objective of the course

Knowledge: The Candidate

  • knows the key differences between innate and adaptive immunity
  • knows the principal organization of lymphoid organs of mammals and fish
  • knows about the most important immunological cell types and their effector mechanisms
  • which function various cytokines and the complement system has
  • knows the essential immune molecules / receptors - B and T cell receptors and MHC Class I and II
  • understand the mechanisms that provide the B and T cells with the great repertoire of molecule detection
  • have knowledge about the principles for clonal selection of antigen-specific lymphocytes
  • know the main differences in the defense against bacteria and viruses
  • is able to understand the immunological principles behind vaccines

Skills: The Candidate can

  • evaluate the effects of different prophylactic treatments including vaccines and vaccination strategies
  • evaluate the impact of different immunological parameters, i.e. antibody responses, cellular responses and immune gene profiling by qPCR

General knowledge: The Candidate

  • has a good overview of the immune system of vertebrates (mammals and fish)

Language of instruction

English.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment

Four hours written exam. A - E for passed, F for failed.

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

Date for examination

Written test 06.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.

Schedule

Course overlap

MBI-2004 Immunology 8 stp

Recommended reading/syllabus

The course text book is: Basic Immunology: Functions and disorders of the immune system. Abul K. Abbas & Andrew H. Lichtman. Fifth Edition. Review papers within fish immunology will be presented at the course.

Lecture presentations are also considered required reading.

Lectures Autumn 2018
Første gang: Se timeplan på nett
Forelesning prof. Jorun Bergliot Jørgensen
øvinglær. Maria Therese Ahlen
Seminar prof. Jorun Bergliot Jørgensen
forsker Eva-Stina Isabella Edholm


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