More than a century ago, Elie Metchnikoff established the bases of cellular innate immunity when he discovered the mechanism of phagocytosis.
However, during most of the XXth century, adaptive immunity (also known as specific immunity) focused most of the interest of the researchers, until Charles Janeway and Polly Matzinger revisited the definition of immunology.
What was called “non-specific immunity” was renamed “innate immunity”, and the understanding of the sensing of the exogenous or endogenous dangers signals, and their identification revolutionized our understanding of the early mechanism aimed to defend the integrity of the host against any type of attacks including pathogens.
Nowadays, how bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are sensed by the infected host, have been mostly deciphered. Similarly, the mechanisms of the host involved to defend its integrity against infectious process have been decoded. This MOOC describes the players and the whole orchestra involved in innate immunity against pathogens.
This MOOC is organized in 6 weeks. Each sequence is composed of 4 to 7 sequences. In each sequence, you find a 10 minute video and a multiple choice test to help students check their understanding. The videos are in English subtitled in French and in English.
You may register to this MOOC in two ways:
You get access to all video-sessions, post session and weekly quizzes and web-forum.
In addition to video-sessions, post session and weekly quizzes and web-forum, you have access to hangouts along the MOOC and to a final individual online evaluation under surveillance.
Success at this final examination will provide you with a certificate signed by FUN and by Institut Pasteur.
The cost of the qualifying course is 150€.
Before registering to the qualifying path make sure that your scientific background is sufficient enough and correspond at least to a bachelor of live sciences.
This MOOC targets people with a medical or scientific training background who are interested in all aspects of innate immunity: medical students, scientific Master II and PhD students (Immunology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Virology…), post-doc, physicians, pharmacists, veterinarians, and all scientists working on bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, interested to learn more about the defense mechanism of the host against their favored bug.
Ce MOOC vise les personnes qui possèdent des connaissances dans le domaine médical ou scientifique ou étudient ce domaine, et s’intéressent à tous les aspects de l’immunité innée ; étudiants en médecine, étudiants en deuxième année de master ou doctorants pour un diplôme en sciences (immunologie, bactériologie, parasitologie, virologie…), les post-doc, les médecins, les pharmaciens, les vétérinaires et tous les scientifiques qui travaillent sur les bactéries, les virus, les champignons et parasites. Ainsi que pour tous ceux qui souhaitent mieux comprendre le mécanisme de défense de l’hôte contre les pathogènes.
Assessment and certification
To qualifying path, success at this final examination will provide you with a certificate signed by FUN and by Institut Pasteur.
- Week 1: Cellular players - part 1
- NK cells
- NKT cells
- Innate lymphoid cells
- Week 2: Cellular players - part 2
- T γ/δ lymphocytes
- Th17 lymphocytes
- Treg lymphocytes
- Dentritic cells
- Mast cells
- Week 3: Molecular players - part 1
- PAMPs / Pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs)
- DAMPs (alarmins) / Damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs)
- PRRs : TLR / Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs)
- PRRs : NLR / Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs)
- PRRs : RLR / Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs)
- Week 4: Molecular players - part 2
- The complement system
- Anti-microbial peptides
- Week 5: Host-pathogen interactions
- Anti-infectious role of cytokines
- Innate immunity and bacterial infection
- Innate immunity and viral infection
- Innate immunity and parasitic infection
- Innate immunity against fungal infection
- Microbial strategies against the immune system
- Mucosal innate immunity
- Week 6: Regulation of innate immune response
- Sepsis/ an overwhelmed innate immune response
- Influence of microbiota on innate immunity
- Regulation of the immune system by the central and peripheral nervous system
- Links between innate and adaptive immunity
- Trained innate immunity
- Parameters influencing immune responses
Other course runs
- From Nov. 4, 2019 to May 1, 2020
- From May 2, 2017 to June 12, 2017
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