BIO 04 W — Inflammation and Disease
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Jul 23
Refund Deadline: Jun 24
Instructor(s): Tobi Schmidt
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Inflammation is a double-edged sword. It is required to protect the body, but too much of it can create disease. Diabetes, cancer, depression, and stroke are just a few of the diseases associated with chronic inflammation. How can something that protects us from infection and helps us to repair and restore the body also be so bad for us? Chronic inflammation is associated with lifestyle factors like weight, diet, exercise, sleep habits, and stress levels. However, the root cause can be attributed to the impact of these factors at a cellular and a molecular level. An intimate and complex network of communication is constantly taking place in our bodies, and our immune system is at the center of this network. Signals about what we eat, how much we weigh, and how much we exercise are all communicated through our immune system and impact our levels of inflammation. In this course, we will take a close look at how our lifestyle choices affect our health through inflammation, and investigate the cellular events orchestrating our healthy and our unhealthy states.
Tobi Schmidt works with healthcare professionals and individuals in order to provide a better understanding of human health and disease. She has conducted research focused on modulating the immune system and its environment to improve immune function in fighting disease. This area of study, known as immunotherapy, is one of the newest tools in the fight against cancer. Schmidt received a PhD from the Stanford School of Medicine Department of Microbiology & Immunology. She has also researched cures for diseases in academic and pharmaceutical labs.
Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Advisor
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.