790395 Infectious diseases and vaccines

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Grabherr, Reingard , Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Karin
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Introduction to basic immunology and more detailed regarding viral and bacterial infections; methods for diagnosis and isolation of pathogens; introduction to virology, vaccine strategies; examples of viral and, bacterial infectious diseases and vaccines; allergy vaccines; use of adjuvants, antiviral drugs, alternative vaccine strategies, methods of gene therapy. Various examples of infectious diseases will be presented in terms of social and economic aspects, consequences for patients, prevention and vaccine development, production and distribution.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After completion of this course students are able:
To give an overview of viral and bacterial infections;
to introduce the principles of vaccine development, production and applications;
to discuss the pros and cons of various strategies including antiviral drugs; the mode of action adjuvants and to present data on alternative vaccines and their potential;
by actively conducting literature research about a certain show case (viral or bacterial disease of choice) students will learn about future challenges and trends in vaccinology, vaccine strategies, production and distributeion.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.