01218 - Clinical Immunology (A-K)

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  • Teacher Erminia Mariani

  • Credits 2

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student possesses the knowl-dge to recognize and interpret the main immune mediated diseases (eg allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies, autoimmune diseases and systemic connective tisse diseases). In particular, the student is able to: - interpret the signs, symptoms and laboratory data that characterize immune-mediated diseases; - to know the main allergic diseases and the main allergens, the main signs and symptoms of the organ and set up an appropriate therapeutic program; - to interpret signs, symptoms and laboratory data for the proper diagnosis and setting of the major organ and non-organ specific autoimmune diseases, and to know the basis for their treatment; - to interpret signs, symptoms and laboratory data of the most important acquired and primitive immune deficiency syndromes and to know the bases for their treatment.

Course contents

Immune system study and laboratory testing for the diagnosis of immune diseases.

Primitive  (antibody, cell-mediated, phagocytic, complement, combined) and secondary immunodeficiencies

Allergic diseases: generalities, chemical mediators, methods of investigation.

Major pathologies (allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, anaphylaxis).

Treatments for allergic diseases.

Organ and non-organ specific autoimmunity : pathogenetic mechanisms, clinical and laboratory characteristics.

Systemic Connective tissue diseaes: Systemic Syndrome Lupus, Sjögren Syndrome, Scleroderma, Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis, Mixed Connective Diseases.

Vasculitis setting.


H. Chapel, M. Haeney, S. Mishath, N. Snowden. Essential in Clinical Immunology

PJ Delves, IM Roitt, et al Roitt's Essential Immunology


WEB sites

www.immunologyclinic.com (case studies)


Teaching methods


The teaching material will be sent to the members of the specially created distribution list.

Assessment methods

multiple choice questions: 60 questions in 60 minutes (20 questions for each branch of the Course)

Teaching tools

power point presentation

Office hours

See the website of Erminia Mariani