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Course Description

The immune system is not a standalone system and can be strongly influenced by environmental factors. This course will familiarize students with the classical functions of the immune system as well as with exciting and revolutionary state-of-the-science findings. Have you wondered why there is such an increase in allergic diseases in recent times? We will consider the hygiene hypothesis, a promising theory that addresses the rise in allergic diseases. Are you concerned about the role of environmental pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter and the consequences of global climate change on the immune system? In our course, we will examine these global health challenges. Are you curious as to how the revolutionary gene-editing and checkpoint inhibitor therapies contributed to novel cancer immunotherapy? We will tell the story and outline the 2018 Nobel Prize-winning discoveries. | Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated discussion; Listening to audio recordings
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