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Basic Immunology in Medicine

Update 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
1 Seaport Lane 
Boston, Massachusetts, 02110


Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2013

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Course Faculty

Abul K. Abbas, MD
Abul K. Abbas, MD
University of California,
San Francisco
Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
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The purpose of the course is to review selected topics in basic immunology, with emphasis on recent advances and issues that are relevant to the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases.

Target Audience

This course was designed for practicing clinicians, trainees, and individuals in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies who are involved in the development of therapies for immunological diseases.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the major advances in basic immunology that are most relevant to human diseases, and the unresolved issues and future challenges.
  • Recognize the fundamental mechanisms underlying immunologic diseases and the commonality among diverse organ specific disease states.
  • Identify the basic principles underlying therapeutic modulation of the immune system, and the mechanisms of action of the major classes of immune modulators.
  • Critically evaluate the medical literature reporting advances pertinent to immune diseases and immunotherapies.
  • Explain the rationale for use of new immunodiagnostic and immunotherapeutic modalities in patients.

Preliminary Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 am Introduction and Overview – Abul Abbas, MD
9:00 – 10:00 am Innate Immunity – Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
10:00 – 10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:30 am Antigen Presentation and T Cell Activation - Abul Abbas, MD
11:30 am – 12:30 pm CD4 T Cells and Cytokines - Andrew Lichtman, MD, PhD
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm CD8 T Cells, NK and NK-T Cells - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
2:30 – 3:30 pm B Cells and Antibodies - Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
3:30 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 5:15 pm T Cell Regulation, Tolerance and Autoimmunity - Abul Abbas, MD
5:15 pm Adjourn


The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education credits for physicians.

The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Testimonials

Read what past attendees are saying about the Basic Immunology in Medicine course:

  • "Fantastic workshop – I have already recommended this program to my PI."
  • "After participating in this course, I have a more complete familiarity with immunology to manage my responsibilities."
  • "This course provided excellent background for reading and understanding immunology literature in general."
  • "After taking this course, I now view the immune system as a whole, rather than each a separate part. All parts work seamlessly together to achieve a perfect outcome: a healthy immune system."

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