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BIO 04 W — Inflammation and Disease

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): May 8—Jun 9
Refund Deadline: May 11
Unit: 1
Tuition: $400
Instructor(s): Tobi Schmidt
Limit: 60
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
May 8—Jun 9
5 weeks
Refund Date
May 11
1 Unit
Tobi Schmidt
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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.

Students should be comfortable hearing about scientific findings on the topics discussed in class, but no science background is required in this introductory course.

Immunotherapy Researcher; Personal Health Educator

Tobi Schmidt works in the field of inflammation and immune health. She has studied and researched human disease to understand human health for over two decades, including leading research into the treatment of cancers, autoimmune disorders, infections, and lifestyle- and age-related chronic diseases. Schmidt received a PhD from the Stanford School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.