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Basic Immunology in Medicine

Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2013

Basic Immunology in Medicine: Update 2016

Tuesday, June 21 prior to FOCIS 2016 
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
Boston, Massachusetts

You may add Basic Immunology to your FOCIS 2016 registration or attend the course only. Please choose the appropriate link below.

FOCIS 2016 & Course          Course Only

Course Faculty

Abul K. Abbas, MD
Abul 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


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.