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Cover image for lecture: The Wonderful World of the Immune System

Lecture Overview

Novel insights are revealing more and more about the fascinating function of the immune system. How close are we to fully understanding exactly why certain immune cells behave the way they do? Almost like a flick of a switch – what causes the immune system to respond to a pathogen? This session explores regular immune responses, how the immune system can fight infections, what can go wrong, and more.


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Tony Kenna

Dr Tony Kenna is a cellular immunologist and a senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology. His research career has focused on human immunology and the identification of novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases, including ankylosing spondylitis (AS and systemic sclerosis). The genomics revolution of the last decade has greatly expanded the understanding of the genetic architecture of many immune-mediated diseases. A major challenge now is to determine how newly identified genetic variants alter immune cell and immune system function(s). Working closely with leading human geneticists, Tony's research integrates world-first genomic data with cellular and molecular immunology to unravel the key drivers of disease pathogenesis. His work also enriches fundamental knowledge of human immunology. Dr Kenna’s lab has established biobank of patient clinical material with which to interrogate altered immune function in immune-mediated diseases. See Educator Profile


49 Total Rating(s)
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Matilda cefai
24 Mar 2020


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Lucy Soto
13 Feb 2020

good insight

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Kathy Pettet
23 Jan 2020

Excellent learning resource

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Moira Munro
14 Jan 2020

Good presentation

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Karen Allen
04 Jul 2019

Very engaging speaker

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Lynette Forrest
29 May 2019

a good overview/review of the immune system, easily understood key points. interesting new understandings of its functions, and directions of management of altered immune system function.

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Reannan Bradbury
27 May 2019


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Emily Kaye Price
24 May 2019

Good resource, providing a refresher in the foundations, case study and the future implementations of immune therapy research.

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Ann Simpson
14 May 2019

A well presented lecture by an experienced Immunologist and researcher who shares his latest research and manages to make a quite complex subject easily understandable.

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ranjit thomas
12 May 2019

very good resources