Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Upcoming presentation at ATA Conference: Basics of Immunology

During the summer we will introduce some of the Science and Technology Divisions presentations during ATA:s 53:rd annual conference in San Diego this fall.

Tapani Ronni, a member of the ATA Science and Technology Division, and an English into Finnish medical translator, will give a presentation on the basics of immunology. It was originally submitted for the Science and Technology Division but the conference organizers decided it would be better suited for Medical Division. It is still well worth attending. Here is a brief introduction of the presentation from Tapani.

This one-hour presentation will cover the fundamental concepts of immunology. It will be highly visual, which will help the audience to grasp sometimes abstract concepts. No previous scientific experience is required. The talk will start with basic questions, already asked by ancient Greeks: Why do we get sick? Why do we get better? Why don't people usually fall ill twice during an epidemic of infectious disease? Despite their astute observations, Greeks did not know about microbes. The germ theory of disease was developed only in 19th century by great microbiologists Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch.

After this historical introduction the talk will introduce the concepts of innate and adaptive immunity. Innate immunity is the ancient, quick mechanism by which host cells called macrophages recognize and destroy invading microbes. Adaptive immunity by T and B cells is more complex, recognizes the antigen of the microbe and includes "memory", which makes future responses against a specific antigen more efficient. 

The talk will also cover interesting medical conditions where immune system is dysfunctional - not working at all or attacking the tissues of the host. Recent advances in gene therapy have been able to correct some of these conditions in human patients.

1 comment:

  1. It bears repeating; the importance of well-trained translators is definitely underestimated, especially when it comes to medical translations. They can save lifes and prevent a lot of difficulties.
    Therefore, I really appreciate that such events are organized to assure that the best training possible is provided.

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