Course Description

When you are infected with a pathogen, your body generates a protective immune response to control and eliminate that threat. Months or even years later, you get infected again, but now your body response is faster and stronger, and you don’t get sick anymore. This is called immune cell memory. It is well established that T and B lymphocytes are the main memory cells of the adaptive immune response, however recent studies have shown that cells from our innate immune system may also be “trained” to respond more efficiently to a second encounter with a pathogen. This course will bring the latest insights into immune memory, highlighting the difference between innate and adaptive immunological memory and how factors such as vaccines, diet, and infectious diseases influence memory development.

Target audience: Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, postbacs and anyone wishing a deeper understanding of recent immunology discoveries.

Learner Outcomes

  • Define and distinguish innate and adaptive immune cell memory.
  • Recognize recent discoveries in immune memory, specifically how infectious diseases, vaccines, and diet influence memory development
  • Predict how innate or adaptive memory responses may be protective, such as by limitation of infection, or deleterial, such as by hyperinflammation in tissues.
  • Integrate this knowledge in different areas of research or in your daily life.

Textbook Information

Scientific publications to be provided in the course


Previous Immunology course or knowledge, IMMU 403 or equivalent graduate-level immunology

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