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Immunology is a new branch of the medical sciences which has recently gained prominence as a field of study in its own right, but which continues to draw on the more traditional disciplines of Microbiology, Pathology and Biochemistry. In essence, Immunology is the study of the physiological responses which result when foreign (i.e. non-self) materials are introduced into a vertebrate organism such as man. Traditionally, the discipline has focussed on the body's response to infectious micro-organisms, with the purpose of developing effective vaccines. However, the scope of modern Immunology now encompasses all aspects of self vs. non-self recognition phenomena including organ transplantation, tumour immunology and autoimmune diseases. Recent major advances in our understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response promise to provide us with a new generation of prophylactic, therapeutic and diagnostic reagents of relevance to human and animal health.
The Department of Immunology in collaboration with Trinity College co-ordinates a specialist program in Immunology. The emphasis of this program is to provide students with a sound theoretical understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of non-self recognition, together with sufficient laboratory experience to enable the students to consider embarking on a career in the discipline. Immunologists may have careers in universities and other centres of learning and research, as well as in the biotechnology industries, diagnostic laboratories and various government agencies.
Courses in this specialist program are drawn from offerings by the Department, together with courses from other Departments, taught in some cases by members of the Department of Immunology. As enrolment in the specialist program is restricted, please consult the Co-ordinator.
Undergraduate Secretary: Dr. B.H. Barber (978-6959)
Enquiries: Department of Immunology, Room 5271, Medical Sciences Building (978-8360)
IMMUNOLOGY (Hon.B.Sc.) Sponsored by the Department of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, and Trinity College; consult Dr. B.H. Barber (978-6959)
Enrolment in this Program is limited and admission is based on a GPA of 2.7 in the preceding year and on marks obtained in the four required First Year courses.
Specialist program: S10021 (13.5 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 400-series course)
Third Year: BCH 321Y; IMM 334Y; MGB 311Y; MPL375Y
For Distribution Requirement purposes, all IMM courses are classified as SCIENCE courses.
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See Research Opportunity Program for details.
The basic principles of immunology; tissues and cells of the immune system; cell biology of the humoral and cell-mediated immune responses; immunogenetics; immunoglobulin structure, function and biosynthesis; immunological techniques; immunopathology; infection and immunity; transplantation, autoimmunity and tumour immunology.
Molecular mechanisms involved in the generation and expression of specific immunity including the structure, function and biosynthesis of immunoglobulins, the complement systems, transplantation antigens and membrane signalling events. (Given by the Departments of Biochemistry and Immunology)
Hemopoiesis, lymphopoiesis, a study of the cells involved in the immune response including their ontogeny, physical and chemical characteristics, the nature of cellular interactions which govern the expression of immunity and self tolerance, the nature of the effector cells in immunity and genetic control of immune responses.
Application of basic principles acquired from IMM334Y; immunological procedures used in research and diagnostic laboratories; rudiments of etiology, pathogenesis, and laboratory diagnosis of diseases of immune system; principles of immunological diagnostic procedures in some infectious diseases; instruction through lectures, practical exercises, video tapes, student presentations.
An opportunity for specialized research in Immunology under the supervision of a member of the Faculty.
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