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Autoimmune Diseases of the Endocrine Glands

East Baltimore
3rd term
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • M W,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Patrizio Caturegli

Principles of Immunology or equivalent.


Reviews current understanding of autoimmunity, the immunological mechanisms and the animal models. Presents the clinical manifestations and the pathogenesis of all autoimmune diseases affecting the endocrine glands, such as Graves' disease, type 1 diabetes and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Current articles from the literature address important topics in autoimmunity.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic physiology of the classic endocrine glands (pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreatic islets, ovaries, and testes) and the basic principles of autoimmunity
  2. Describe the endocrine diseases that have autoimmune pathogenesis, using studies from both humans and mice
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Midterm
  • 50% Final Exam
  • 25% Paper presentation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required