The first block of 4 lectures aim to provide an overview of the immune system by looking into mechanisms of innate immunity and how these mechanisms impact on the other arm of the immune system, i.e. adaptive immunity. Dendritic cells are principal antigen-presenting cells that form the critical link between innate and adaptive immunity. Comparison between the two arms enhances understanding of concepts and mechanisms in both arms.
The second block of 4 lectures focus on adaptive immunity by looking into B and T cells and the molecular aspects that regulate adaptive immunity activation, i.e. antigen-processing and presentation.
The rest of topics intend to assess the interactions of immunology mechanisms in application or case-based setting. They also provide interfaces to view the implications of understanding the various immunology mechanisms in health and disease.
The class presentations aim to expose students to real world of immunological research – knowledge, hypothesis formulation, experimental design, result analyses and interpretation, etc. This also provides an opportunity for students to criticize and defend ideas and conclusions. Students will write individual paper critics as essay papers.
The two tutorials are introduced to clear possible confusions through informal discussions.