McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Immunology | Autoimmune Diseases

Immunology is the study of the immune system and is a very important branch of the medical and biological sciences. The immune system protects us from infection through various lines of defence. If the immune system is not functioning as it should, it can result in disease, such as autoimmunity, allergy and cancer. It is also now becoming clear that immune responses contribute to the development of many common disorders not traditionally viewed as immunologic, including metabolic, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

British Society for Immunology

What is Celiac disease?

Video about Celiac disease

This video educates the public about autoimmune disorders and diseases with a specific focus on celiac disease, a serious condition that can damage your intestinal walls if your body is unable to properly digest gluten proteins.

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What are Autoimmune Diseases?

Video about autoimmune diseases

This video is an overview of autoimmune disease, a condition that causes your immune system to attack healthy tissue and cells instead of harmful substances.

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It's Never Lupus … Until It Is!

Video about lupus

This video highlights the symptoms and diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly referred to as lupus.

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Mechanism of Innate Immunity

Video about mechanism of innate immunity

This video decribes the functions and processes of the innate immune system as well as the differences between adaptive and innate immunity.

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What are fevers and why might they be good for you?

Video about fevers

This video provides an overview of the most prominent theories of the existence and action of fevers in immunological response.

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Can Tattoo Pigments Transfer to Lymph Nodes?

Video about tattoos and lymph nodes

Tattoos are become more and more prevalent. This video addresses the accuracy of recent (2017) news articles regarding the impact of tattoo pigments on lymph nodes.

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Fibrosis and Immunology

Kjetil Ask

This video presents an interview with Dr. Kjetil Ask about fibrosis and immunology.

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Peptide Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Peanut Allergy

Video about peptide immunotherapy for treating peanut allerg

In this video Elizabeth Simms presents an overview of peptide immunotherapy and it's potential role in treating patients with peanut allergy.

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Cancer Immunotherapy: Harnessing the Body's Immune System to Fight Back

Video about cancer immunotherapy

This video looks at cancer immunotherapy — an emerging method of treatment against cancer that utilizes the body's own immune system to fight back.

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