Clinical Immunology & Cancer Immunotherapy

Clinical immunology is the study of diseases caused by disorders of the immune system (failure, aberrant action, and malignant growth of the cellular elements of the system). It also involves diseases of other systems, where immune reactions play a part in the pathology and clinical features.

The diseases caused by disorders of the immune system fall into two broad categories:

Immunodeficiency, in which parts of the immune system fail to provide an adequate response (examples include chronic granulomatous disease and primary immune diseases);

Autoimmunity, in which the immune system attacks its own host's body (examples include systemic lupus erythematosus, rhematoid arthritis, Hashimoto's disease and myasthenia gravis). 

Cancer immunotherapy is the use of the immune system to treat cancer. Immunotherapies can be categorized as active, passive or hybrid (active and passive). These approaches exploit the fact that cancer cells often have molecules on their surface that can be detected by the immune system, known as tumour-associated antigens (TAAs); they are often proteins or other macromolecules (e.g. carbohdrates).

  • Autoimmunity & Biotechnology
  • Clinical Laboratory Immunology
  • Immunological aspects of infection
  • Immune regulation
  • Immunological aspects of skin diseases, allergy and anaphylaxis
  • Immune-mediated neurological syndromes
  • Immunological aspects of endocrine diseases & chronic disease

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