Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases

Mechanisms of Living Organisms

This two and half week long course offers lectures on the players and on the mechanisms of the innate immune system and inflammation involved in the defense of the host against pathogens. It also offers lectures on the new tools allowing to study of the immune system.


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Institut Pasteur
March 15, 2020
In English


Doctoral School Module
Institut Pasteur Diploma
Credits for Public health Pasteur-CNAM Master

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES DUE TO THE COVID-19 HEALTH CRISIS, we are obliged to cancel all Pasteur courses until July 2020 (inclusive).
Registrations for Pasteur courses from September 2020 will be open very soon.
We apologize for this rescheduling and are waiting for you in our Teaching Center at the start of the 2020 academic year.

After the discovery of phagocytosis, 135 years ago by Elie Metchnikoff, innate immunity underwent a rebirth following the discovery of the “pattern recognition receptors” awarded by the Nobel Prize in 2011.

The understanding of the mechanisms that control infectious insults have been deciphered these last years, and a precise role of each of the players is now better understood.

Not only innate immunity is common to all animal species, but for those which also have at their disposal an adaptive immunity, the contribution of innate immunity is a prerequisite for its involvement.

Most recently, a memory in innate immune system has been described and contributes to  better innate and adaptive responses.

This course is aimed to offer the most up-dated information on the cellular and molecular players of innate immunity, and on the mechanisms that lead to the elimination of the pathogens, either of bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic origin.

Because innate immunity is closely intricated with inflammation, the involvement of innate immunity with diseases will also be addressed.

Finally, up-to date tools to study the innate immune system will be presented.


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Jean-Marc Cavaillon 
Unité Neuropathologie expérimentale
Institut Pasteur

Daniel Scott-Algara
Unité Biologie cellulaire des lymphocytes
Institut Pasteur

Members of the Course committee

J.M. Cavaillon (Institut Pasteur),
D. Scott-Agara (Institut Pasteur),
S. Malot (Institut Pasteur),
M. Sala (Institut Pasteur),
V. Ponticelli (Institut Pasteur),
H. Waxin (Institut Pasteur).

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