Course director

Brian Edelson, MD, PhD
Phone: 314-362-4427


This course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises and small group clinical discussions. It covers all aspects of the immune response, general properties of the immune system, effector molecules, cells and their function, cellular interactions and immunological diseases.

The immunology course requires a strong background in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology. Some of the basic concepts from these fields should be reviewed during the course.

There are two laboratory sessions. These will cover the areas of blood typing/blood banking and allergy. In these laboratories, students will type blood and be tested for allergies. POPS (Patient Oriented Problem-Solving System in Immunology) will also be used during each laboratory session and contain a clinical problem that is analyzed and solved by small groups of three to four students.

There are five hours of small group clinical discussion sessions. In these sessions, students meet with physicians to discuss the role of immunology and a particular human disease.