260.633.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 3rd Term | 4 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Patrizio Caturegli
  • Course Learning Objectives

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  • Course Description
    Reviews current understanding of autoimmunity, the immunological mechanisms and the animal models. Presents the clinical manifestations and the pathogenesis of all autoimmune diseases affecting the endocrine glands, such as Graves' disease, type 1 diabetes and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Current articles from the literature address important topics in autoimmunity.
  • Intended Audience
    MPH and MHS students, PhD in MMI.
  • Methods of Assessment
    paper presentation = 25%, mid-term exam = 25%, final exam = 50%

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    The grading will be based on paper presentation (50% of the grade), midterm exam (20 questions, 20% of the grade), and final exam (30 questions, 30% of the grade).

    The questions will be typical multiple choice questions (4-5 choices) with one best answer.

    The papers will cover both basic mechanisms in autoimmune endocrinopathies and clinical aspects.  One paper will be discussed in each class, except for the first class (Introduction) and the last class (Final exam).  Given the total number of classes (16) and the expected number of students (6-7), each student will have the chance to present 2 papers.  The presenter can choose the format of his/her presentation, for example using PowerPoint slides or hand-outs, or simply discussing the paper.  The important point is that the presenter shows an understanding of the paper s/he has read and engages the class.  The two papers will be scored independently and the best score will be used for the final grading.

  • Prerequisites
    Principles of Immunology or equivalent.
  • Course Schedule

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