Didactic Courses for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Nutritional Aspects of Gastrointestinal Immunology
Food Allergy and Intolerance, Brostoff J, Challacombe SJ (eds.), London: Bailliére Tindall, 1987
Fundamental Immunolgy, 5th edition, Paul WE (ed.), Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003
Immunobiology, 6th edition, Janeway CA, Travers P, Walport M, Shlomchik MJ (eds.), New York: Garland Science, 2005
Mucosal Immunology, 3rd edition. Mestecky J, Lamm ME, McGhee JR, Bienenstock J, Mayer L, Storber W (eds.). Boston: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005.
Nutrition in Pediatrics: Basic Science & Clinical Applications, Walker WA, Watkins JB, Duggar C (eds.), Hamilton: BC Decker, Inc., 2005
This course in nutritional aspects of mucosal immmunology will examine the interrelationships that link human nutrition, mucosal immunology and chronic diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. The purpose of this course is to review and integrate the basic science and mechanisms underlying the research projects that are under active investigation in the laboratories of the HCNRC. Topics will include mucosal response to food antigens, probiotics, interrelationship gut physiology, mucosal inflammation, gut ontogeny, symbiosis between humans and their microflora, the interrelation between nutrition and mucosal immunity, ontogeny of allergic responses, and interaction of developing gut with human milk. Each two-hour session (typically one per week) will be organized and presented by one of the students, with preceptors present to add perspective and outside information to the discussion. The amount of new information on the structure and function of the mucosal immune system, its relationship to many of the intractable chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, and its movement into the mainstream of immunology and biology in general are all contributing to its growth and to the increase in appreciation for the field. This couse will provide a solid foundation for advanced research in the nutritional sciences as they related to mucosal function.
1. Nutrition and digestive function: Overview