OSHR 1648 - Your Immune System: Friend and Foe

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Our immune system is essential for our protection against infectious diseases. It is a complex of tissues, cells, and proteins coordinated in various ways ultimately to defend against a variety of bacterial, viral, fungal and other pathogens. Without it, life would be short and painful, indeed.

Unfortunately, certain immunoreactions can result in situations acting counter to the health and well-being of affected individuals. Those experiencing exaggerated, inappropriate, or otherwise undesired immune responses may develop allergies, reactions against ‘poison’ plants, graft rejection, autoimmunity and a variety of other conditions.

You don’t need a background in science and technology to enjoy a basic understanding of these processes and their ramifications.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.