Immunity in Defense and Disease

Credits: 0 CREDITS (Preclerkship)
Director(s): Julia Charles, Ruth Ann Vleugels
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: This course will focus on commonly encountered and/or highly instructive diseases of the skin, joints, muscles and blood vessels, systemic diseases that involve these tissues, and on the mechanisms and manifestations of autoimmune and allergic diseases. The integrating theme of IDD will be immune/inflammatory mechanisms of disease, with a focus on dysregulated or inappropriately targeted immune responses that give rise to autoimmune and allergic diseases. Causes and manifestations of acquired immunodeficiency (both iatrogenic and infectious) will also be covered. Other clinically important aspects of Dermatology and Rheumatology that do not readily associate with the immune/inflammatory theme, such as skin cancer, and osteoarthritis will be included.