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This course will provide a brief introduction to the human immune system, which protects us from a wide range of pathogens and foreign substances. Effective immune responses require the coordinated activities of multiple kinds of white blood cells, including lymphocytes that produce antibodies. Vertebrates are unique in possessing and adaptive immune response in addition to the more widely distributed innate immune system. Following an initial exposure to a foreign agent, an adaptive immune response becomes stronger as more potent antibodies appear. The immune system can also overreact, with some negative health consequences. We’ll use the COVID pandemic as an organizing point for some of these discussions.
ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members
CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: Clare O’Connor received her Ph.D. from Purdue University and did postdoctoral research at Caltech and UCLA. She was a research scientist at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology for 11 years, before becoming a Biology professor at Boston College. She taught courses in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology for 23 years before she retired.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609