Skin Immunology

Course content

Teaching revolves around a series of lectures by specialists in basic and clinical skin immunology, including professors from ISIM or invited lectures. The course covers the cellular composition of the skin both resident cells and cells recruited during inflammation, microbiology in healthy and diseases skin, mechanisms of common inflammatory skin diseases, skin cancers and wound healing. Students take part in journal clubs and case-based teaching for which they read selected examples from the latest skin immunology literature and learn how to present, discuss and analyse complex problems in the field of skin immunology.

The aim of the course that the students acquire a thorough knowledge of skin immunology, which enable them to participate in scientific discussion within the field. Furthermore, to give the students an excellent background needed for starting a career within the field within either academia or industry. 

Education

MSc in Immunology and Inflammation - elective

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Describe the structure of the skin
  • Describe barriers of the skin
  • Describe the organization of the innate immune system within the skin
  • Explain the interplay between skin cells and resident immune cells in healthy and inflamed skin
  • Explain the interplay between resident and peripheral immune cells in healthy and inflamed skin
  • Explain the characteristics of different immune mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of selected common inflammatory skin diseases
  • Describe the etiological and pathological mechanisms involved in selected infectious skin diseases
  • Explain the mechanisms involved in the development of different types of skin cancer
  • Discuss hypotheses for the propagation of acute wounds to chronic wounds

 

Skills:

  • Discuss the role of different skin cells and different components within the immune system in healthy and diseased skin
  • Propose relevant  studies aimed at clarifying the immunological mechanisms involved in infectious and inflammatory skin disease
  • Discuss the balance between inflammatory and regulatory immunological mechanisms in healthy and diseased skin
  • Suggest new strategies for treatment of skin diseases  

 

Competencies: 

  • Will be able to critically analyse and discuss experimental and clinical data in the field of skin immunology
  • Will conceptually be able to develop and initiate small research projects within the field of skin immunology
  • Can contribute to interdisciplinary projects involving basic research, clinical research, biomarker and drug development within skin immunology

Lectures and case-based-learning, journal clubs

Immunology of the skin. Edited by Kenji Kabashima, Springer, latest edition.

Original articles and reviews.

Participated and passed previous course in Advanced Basic Immunology is recommended

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 2 hours under invigilation
The exam consists of a set of issues that draw from course content
Aid
All aids allowed

Digital notes are allowed. 

Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices that can access the internet.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

To achieve the maximum grade of 12, the student shall be able to:

Knowledge:

  • Describe the structure of the skin
  • Describe barriers of the skin
  • Describe the organization of the innate immune system within the skin
  • Explain the interplay between skin cells and resident immune cells in healthy and inflamed skin
  • Explain the interplay between resident and peripheral immune cells in healthy and inflamed skin
  • Explain the characteristics of different immune mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of selected common inflammatory skin diseases
  • Describe the etiological and pathological mechanisms involved in selected infectious skin diseases
  • Explain the mechanisms involved in the development of different types of skin cancer
  • Discuss hypotheses for the propagation of acute wounds to chronic wounds

 

Skills:

  • Discuss the role of different skin cells and different components within the immune system in healthy and diseased skin
  • Propose relevant  studies aimed at clarifying the immunological mechanisms involved in infectious and inflammatory skin disease
  • Discuss the balance between inflammatory and regulatory immunological mechanisms in healthy and diseased skin
  • Suggest new strategies for treatment of skin diseases  
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 24
  • Class Instruction
  • 16
  • Preparation
  • 164
  • Exam
  • 2
  • English
  • 206