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The Interventional Immunology course provides education on the many new therapies that are currently available or in development which are based on targets unfamiliar to many practicing physicians. There is potentially great value for, but lack of, cross-disciplinary reviews of these types of therapies. This course content reviews the scientific basis for choice of immunologically related therapeutic targets in various diseases, including organ specific and systemic autoimmunity, allergy, transplant rejection, cancer, and HIV. The goal is to help understand the rationale and mechanism underlying the major pharmacologic approaches for interventional immunology in current practice and review the track record of the different therapeutic approaches in different specialties.
Speakers lecture on the major topics in cellular and molecular immunology, including innate immunity, B cells, T cells, and cytokines. Special sessions cover new advances in interventional clinical immunology and the molecular and genetic basis of immune-mediated diseases.
This is a basic course in clinic trial methodology, particularly as it relates to immunologic disease. It will review the key elements of clinical trials, including types of trials, designing feasible trials, statistical issues, and surrogate markers that might be used. It will discuss strategies for entering into the funding stream. A practicum will be offered to participants using a model scenario in order to work through the issues one faces in developing a clinical trial.
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