McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Immunology

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 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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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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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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