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BIO 105 W — Introduction to Autoimmune Diseases

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 9—Nov 17
Refund Deadline: Oct 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $475
Instructor(s): Tobi Schmidt
Limit: 60
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Oct 9—Nov 17
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 12
1 Unit
Tobi Schmidt
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
There are more than a hundred different types of autoimmune diseases, all characterized by an attack on the body’s healthy tissues and organs by the immune system. Globally, the most common autoimmune diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, and scleroderma. While these conditions affect both men and women, in the United States, women represent 78 percent of new autoimmune disease diagnoses. However, despite this general gender bias, men are more often diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriasis autoimmunities than women.

In this course, we will examine the mechanisms that underlie autoimmunity and the genetic and lifestyle factors that put us at greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases. We will explore answers to questions like why the immune system turns against the body, why women are more often affected than men, why our genes can make us more susceptible to autoimmune diseases, how inflammation increases our risk of developing autoimmunity, and how lifestyle factors can play a role in both increasing and decreasing our risk of autoimmune diseases. We’ll wrap up our course with a discussion about what current research can tell us about managing autoimmune diseases using newly developed immunotherapies and what is known about lifestyle intervention in managing the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.

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.