Infectious diseases and host defence
December 2018 (date to be confirmed)
This short course will explore and explain the physiological basis of common problems encountered in paediatric practice.
There are considerable differences in susceptibility to infections at various ages. Understanding the host/organism interactions will not only aid management, but also highlight targets for prevention. This short course will cover a scientific basis of infectious disease throughout childhood and management strategies to improve outcomes.
Specific subjects will be: meningococcal infection, HIV in childhood, tuberculosis, RSV bronchiolitis and other respiratory infections. Infection in the immune compromised host will be discussed.
- Have gained a deeper understanding of the relationship between host defence and infectious diseases in children, and will recognise which components of the immune system control infection with different pathogens.
- Understand how organisms evade host defences to establish latent or persistent infections, and how organisms enhance their virulence through toxin production and other mechasims.
- Be able to articulate a rational approach to the prevention and management of infections in neonates and children of all ages, including acute bacterial infections, chronic mycobacterial infections, toxin producing organisms, viruses including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C and the herpes viruses, and travel related infections.
Who should attend?
This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.
As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.
The courses are designed to deliver flexible learning suited to the demanding lives of healthcare professionals. All comprise of face–to–face teaching including lectures, workshops, and supported by online learning and resources.
Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to submission date. Please contact us for further information.
Comments from past participants
"Excellent speakers, top experts in their area. Excellent training materials."
"Would recommend it very highly."
"Useful for doctors (GPs and Paediatricians). Useful information."