The Laboratory in Autoimmune Diseases
A) Knowledge: to revisit core concepts in the field of autoimmune diseases
1. Definition, classification, clinical diagnosis.
2. To understand the susceptibility factors of autoimmune diseases and the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the humoral and cellular processes.
3. To understand the general principles of laboratory diagnosis in autoimmune diseases.
4. To know the most frequently used techniques in the diagnosis of these diseases.
5. To understand how the laboratory may support the monitoring of therapeutic strategies.
B ) Skills and performance
1. To be able to choose the most specific and sensitive diagnostic methods for the identification of autoimmune diseases.
2. To be able to perform some specific techniques in the field of autoimmune diseases.
3. To be able to identify patterns by immunofluorescence.
4. To get in contact with bio-pathologic validation procedures and tracking algorithms, framed by the clinical context.
Prof.ª Doutora Maria José Rego de Sousa
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This course is intended for 4th and 5th year, accepts a maximum of 10 students, and has a total load of 84 hours, divided into 28 contact hours and 55 hours of individual study. The 28 contact hours include 3 hours of lectures, 13 hours of theoretical-practical classes and 12 hours of practical classes. The UC is taken on a weekly basis (3-hour sessions).
The lectures are expository classes, lasting 50 minutes each. The theoretical-practical classes include an introductory session followed by a general discussion, focused on appraisal of relevant clinical cases.
The practical classes take place in the laboratory facilities and are fully integrated in the routine work, with close supervision (ratio teacher/student 1:2).
The assessment of this UC consists in the elaboration and public discussion of work on a theme assigned by the Coordinator, based on cases arising in routine laboratory work.
To achieve the proposed objectives and develop the targeted skills, the contents of this unit includes 3 main areas:
1. Essential knowledge of autoimmunity, which include topics such as:
Definition of autoimmunity and autoimmune disease.
Classification of autoimmune diseases.
Susceptibility factors in autoimmune diseases and their pathophysiology.
2. Diagnostic laboratory procedures in autoimmunity, such as:
Autoantibodies in the diagnosis and prognosis of autoimmune diseases.
Use of diagnostic algorithms.
3. Discussion of real clinical cases
Programs where the course is taught: