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Introduction to Immunology: Explore the immune system and save the world! Virtual Lab

Global health is everyone’s responsibility. Become a pathogen and invade a body to discover how immune cells and organs provide protection. Learn how researchers from across the planet work together to save the world from pathogenic infections.

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Introduction to Immunology: Explore the immune system and save the world!

About this Simulation

Have you ever wondered what infections look like from the pathogen’s perspective? If our immune systems are so amazing, why do we get sick at all? During this simulation, you’ll undertake a series of challenges in preparation for an important global health investigation. Can you complete each task and add to the planet’s immunological understanding?

Exploring the immune system

The immune system is a complex army of cells and tissues that work together to protect your body from infection. In this simulation, you’ll play the part of a pathogen and try to establish an infectious colony within a human body. As the immune system fights back, you will gain a unique perspective on how immune cells work to destroy incoming pathogens. Will you manage to evade the different immune responses and colonize the body?

Placing individual immunity in a global health context

By exploring data maps from pivotal moments in human history you will see how an individual’s immunological status contributes to the health of their community and the spread of disease worldwide. You’ll meet the key cells involved in immune memory and explore the role of immunization in protecting people from preventable diseases.

Investigating immunity using serological techniques

Researchers from around the world collaborate to give humanity the broadest possible understanding of pathogenicity, infection rates and the changing prevalence of diseases across the world. Confirming the immunization rates and the presence of new infection cases in local communities is vital to help allocate healthcare resources to populations worldwide. By undertaking your own serological investigation, you will contribute your data to the global immunological picture. How can you help healthcare professionals better protect communities around the world?

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the fundamental need for the immune system

  • Identify physical and chemical barriers against pathogen invasion

  • Describe mechanisms of immune evasion by pathogens

  • Predict the outcome of scenarios of immune deficiency

  • Summarize the key features of innate and adaptive immune responses

  • Describe antigen-antibody interactions

  • Classify immune cell types by their role in responses

  • Define immunological memory and its importance

  • Explain the importance of lymphocyte clonal selection & deletion processes

  • Explain the concept of diagnostic serology

  • Identify common features and principles of serological methods

  • Compare the applications for serological methods in biomedical research and healthcare

Techniques in Lab

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to:

  • Enzyme-linked immunoassay
  • Serological investigation

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