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Basic Immunology” (GYGENIMUE1A-00)
2  credits


Course Description: This course provides a basic knowledge of the structure and mechanisms of the immune system, immunological responses in health and disease.

Topic list and Schedule
Fall: 2019/20 1st semester


Lectures (2*45 min / week)
Monday, 10:05 – 11:35, NET Sz6

(Sept 9-13)

Role, processes, organs and cells of the immune system

(Sept 16-20)

Principles of natural immunity
ppt   pdf

(Sept 23-27)

The complement system
ppt   pdf

(Sept 30 - Oct 4)

Inflammation and acute phase reaction

(Oct 7-11)

Antigen, antigen presentation and MHCs

(Oct 14-18)

Antigen receptors and their formation

(Oct 21-25)

T lymphocytes and cell-mediated immune response

(Oct 28-31)

B lymphocytes and humoral immune response

(Nov 4-8)

Immune response in infections; immonodeficiencies
ppt   pdf

(Nov 11-15)

Hypersensitivity reactions
ppt   pdf

(Nov 18-22)

Immunological tolerance; natural and pathological autoimmunity
ppt   pdf

(Nov 25-29)

Antitumor immunity and pregnancy immunity
ppt   pdf

(Dec 2-6)

Transplantation immunology
ppt   pdf

(Dec 9-13)

ppt   pdf

The order of the lectures and seminars may be subject to modifications.


Course information


Prerequisite subject:
Biology II., Anatomy, Medical Terminology

Course Instructors and Contact Information:

Course instructor: Dr Marianna Csilla Holub, PhD
Office: NET 618
Office hours: As posted on the website of the Department
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emails must include your full name, student number and faculty and have a descriptive subject line.
Expect an average response time of 2 business days. Email will not be checked on weekends or holidays.
Email is not a substitute for office hours. Some questions and/or concerns are better addressed in person and you will be asked to come to office hours.

Lecturer and Chairman of the Department: Prof. Dr Edit Buzas, MD, DSc
Office: NET 717 - If you wish to discuss something with her, please email to set up an appointment.



Required Textbook:            
Abbas, Lichtmann, Pillai, Basic Immunology 5th Edition,Elsevier, 2015, eBook ISBN: 9780323400145, eBook ISBN: 9780323400114, eBook ISBN: 9780323400152, Paperback ISBN: 9780323390828
Lecture ppt presentations


Further Information

The presence at the lectures are registered weekly.
You will be responsible for material presented in class and associated textbook sections. The textbook is your resource and will help you understand this material. It contains many of the visuals presented in the lectures. Pay careful attention to the Figures and to the questions and guidelines for study at the end of each chapter.

Semi-final exam:
The topics are based on the textbooks and the lectures, so attending the latter ones greatly helps students to successfully prepare for the exam. At the exam, it is not sufficient to repeat memorized topics from the textbook and presentations, but you have to be able to synthesize and integrate your knowledge from different parts.
The exam dates will be published one month before the beginning of the exam period. Registration for the exam dates (or modifying the registration) can be arranged exclusively online by the students’ registration system (NEPTUN). If you want to change your exam day, first you have to cancel your earlier sign up. Since we have to book the exam rooms in advance, we cannot change (increase) the maximum number of examinees.
For taking the exam, students have to prove their identity by an official formal personal document with a photo (i.e. passport, driving license).
The announcement of the results takes two-four working days, depending on the number of examinees. Here we would also like to warn you that in case of postponing your exam right to the end of the exam period, you may not be able to register to some of the subjects (which have Immunology as a prerequisite) of the next semester on time.
If you miss an exam, the second retake exam (and all others thereafter) can be taken upon payment of a retake fee. The receipt has to be presented to the examiner at the beginning of the exam. If you miss the exam for a valid reason you must request deferred standing. To request deferred standing you must submit a supporting documentation to the Students Administration Office of the Department (not to the Secretary) (NET 623) within 3 business days of the missed exam. Doctor’s notes are NOT sufficient for missed exams; you MUST have your doctor fill out the Attending Physician’s Statement (please make sure you are using the current version of the Attending Physician’s statement form – no other versions will be accepted). Exam missed without certification means the loss of one exam possibility.
Recording of the exam tasks is NOT permitted. Students in violation of these policy may have legal action taken against them.

Consultation in the exam period:
In the exam period the Department keeps an official 45 min consultation, once per week. The exact dates will be published on the website prior the exam period.


Seminars in Immunology ebook: pdf

(Updated version 2015)



Exam topic list:





Immunology consultations (in the NET building)

30 December (Monday) 10.00 L15
6 January (Monday) 10.00 L15
13 January (Monday) 10.00 L15
20 January (Monday) 10.00 L15
27 January (Monday) 10.00 L15

The consultation lasts for maximum 70 minutes. If there are no students present at the beginning of the consultation, it will be cancelled.







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