veski inspiring students lesson 3: the immune system

Overview 

In this video, Professor Kai Wucherpfennig explores the biology of T cells and their central role in many human diseases, including autoimmune diseases and cancer. 

It is suitable for middle to senior secondary school students with basic biology knowledge.

Professor Kai Wucherpfennig leads a team within the Department of Cancer Immunology & AIDS at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and in the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.

 

Key objectives

  • Understand Lymphocytes, specifically T cells, and how lymphocytes are turned on.
  • Gain an understanding of the role our immune system plays in protection and how it distinguishes self from non-self.
  • Understanding the role of antigens, proteins and lymphocytes in immunity.
  • A basic understanding of the sorts of conditions that can ‘trick’ a T cell into seeing self from non-self.
  • Understands the basic principles of vaccination.

 

Background information

 

Activities

 

Categories

proteins, T Cells, immune response, receptors, immunity, diseases, lymphocytes

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