Immunology of Tropical Diseases Course

Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine

Program Description

Immunology of Tropical Diseases Course

Liverpool School Of Tropical Medicine

This course aims to provide students with knowledge and critical understanding of the interaction of eukaryotic parasites with the immune system of humans and other mammalian hosts and to examine ways in which protection against these diseases might be achieved by vaccination.

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical classes in the laboratory. Students are expected to supplement their learning in lectures through directed reading and are also required to present current research papers during seminar sessions. One week is devoted to intensive laboratory sessions during which you are exposed to a range of immunological techniques.

Course Outline

  • Immune responses to protozoan infections (malaria, leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis)

  • Antigenic variation and diversity in malaria; antigenic variation in African trypanosomes

  • Immunopathology of protozoan and helminth infections

  • Immune responses to helminth infections (schistosomiasis, filarial nematodes, intestinal nematodes, cestodes)

  • Helminth evasion and modulation of immune responses

  • Approaches to vaccination against protozoan and helminth infections

  • Use of immunological methods for the diagnosis of parasitic infections

English language requirements:

Proof of English to IELTS 6.5

Specific aims:

  • Explain the nature of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses to parasitic infections
  • Explain why inappropriate immune responses can have undesirable immune-pathological consequences
  • Discuss the role of cytokines in the modulation of anti-parasitic responses
  • Discuss immune evasion strategies that parasites employ and explain their significance to chronic infection
  • Apply a range of immunological techniques and critically interpret the outcomes
  • Use current research to explain how anti-parasite vaccination might be achieved
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 27, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
4 weeks
Full time
2,100 GBP
Start date Feb. 2017
United Kingdom Liverpool, England
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End date Request Info
Duration 4 weeks
Price 2,100 GBP