Immune System
Immune System

Immune System

by Peter Delves, PhD

The immune system can be defined as a collection of tissues spread throughout the body and dedicated to its protection by the innate or adaptive deployment of cellular and humoral resources for the control of infection. Immunology is the field that focuses on the study of the components of the immune system and its alterations. More specifically, the field looks into the pathophysiology of immunodeficiencies, hypersensitivity reactions, organ transplantation, cancer, and vaccinations.

For optimal comprehension, the student needs to be familiar with all lymphoid organs and tissues, the types of immune cells from both the erythroid and lymphoid lines, and the biochemistry of immune globulins (Ig) and complement proteins.

The pathophysiology of immune disorders can be challenging to master. The key to maximizing comprehension of such complex orders lies in getting a good grasp of the basics of how the immune system works.

For the general physician, understanding the pathophysiology and manifestations of immunological illnesses can ensure adequate referral of patients to the specialized care they need, as some require attention by an immunologist and others by an oncologist. Furthermore, a good understanding of the basics of vaccines allows the physician to properly advocate for such interventions in their community.

Course Details

  • Videos 124
  • Duration 10:10 h
  • Quiz questions 388
  • Concept Pages 69


Your Educators of course Immune System

 Peter Delves, PhD

Peter Delves, PhD

Dr. Peter Delves is a Professor Emeritus of Immunology and served as the Vice Dean of Education of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University College London, UK.
He obtained his PhD at the University of London and is a prolific author, having published several textbooks and laboratory manuals. He is also the editor of two encyclopedias on immunology and on life sciences.
Dr. Delves has extensive teaching experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is particularly interested in innovations in web-based education.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Delves teaches courses on the Immune System.

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Good contents throughout.
By Oyewale A. on 21. April 2022 for Immune System: Overview and Cells

Well explained and suits my needs. Good materials ,easy to understand.

By David E. on 14. March 2022 for Innate Immune System

These lectures are excellent. The questions keep you on your toes. Thank you!

Wow, great lecture!
By Nina O. on 08. March 2022 for Cell Adhesion Molecules (CAMs) – Lymphocyte Recirculation and Homing

Great lecture. I was able to learn some things I did not initially know. I appreciate the details. Thank you and please keep doing what you do to help people like us to know more.

Very good lecture
By Marcos M. on 03. March 2022 for Immunoglobulin Genes and Recombination – Lymphocyte Development

This is a fantastic teacher with great didactic. I would probably take 10 times longer to understand the subject if I were to read about it without prior knowledge.