Immunology - A Pathway Through the Maze
29 Apr 2014 - 30 Apr 2014 - Department for Continuing Education, Oxford
Immunology is a rapidly developing subject with wide-ranging
implications for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology
Common questions include, for example: How does the immune system
defend the body against infection? What goes wrong when autoimmunity
develops? How can undesirable responses be controlled?
Team leaders, R&D directors, and researchers at the bench all
need to understand the latest developments in immunology and their
implications for drug discovery and development as well as disease
treatment. An understanding of the fundamental features of the immune
system is essential not only for those who work in areas directly
related to infection and immunity, but also for those working in the
development of biopharmaceuticals, vaccines and antibody therapy, who
wish to exploit the technological advances that have resulted from our
increased insight into how the system functions.
As well as offering a path through the immunology maze, the course
will emphasize the R&D opportunities for therapeutic intervention
that arise from recent advances in immunology, for example the use of
therapeutic antibodies and recombinant molecules as potential drug
treatments. After the introductory session, each lecture will begin by
covering the basic concepts of a particular area of immunology; these
will then be developed in such a way that participants are rapidly
brought an understanding of the most recent findings.
Oxford is a leading centre in the creative development and
application of the theory and techniques of immunology in collaboration
with industry. The presenters are leading scientists in their fields and
use these techniques in their day-to-day research. They work in the
Nuffield Department of Surgery at the University of Oxford.