FAES@NIH Training: May Intersession Courses
May 10, 2021 @ 8:00 AM – May 28, 2021 @ 5:00 PM
IMMU 102 – Emerging Coronaviruses.
Emerging microbial pathogens are of increasing concern both nationally and internationally with the potential to cause widespread morbidity and mortality at an unprecedented level. The current outbreak of COVID-19 provides evidence that unknown microbial agents have the ability to emerge from their natural hosts to spread, adapt, and cause disease on a global scale. This course will investigate the microbiological, environmental, and social factors that contribute to emergence of novel coronavirus outbreaks (SARS, MERS, COVID-19), and review the basic biology, diagnostics, immunology, potential therapies, and preventive strategies necessary to control and prevent these outbreaks.
IMMU 103 – COVID-19 Vaccines: A Comparative Approach.
By the end of 2019, a new coronavirus emerged in Asia and quickly spread around the world. This virus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, has become a global public health emergency due to its high death toll. Understanding the virus’s physiology and developing vaccines to prevent more infections are currently main global scientific efforts. This course will explore the cutting-edge technologies used to create COVID-19 vaccines and compare the mechanisms of the different types of vaccines now available. Overall, this course will provide an overview of the vaccine development field’s current state and provide a glimpse of the vaccines that will protect the population from the virus’s new variants in the future.
PPOL 101 – Introduction to National Security in Science and Medicine.
Science and medicine are often thought of as life-saving, life-changing, and pillars of which we measure progress. However, we must always keep in mind the darker implications of tomorrow’s scientific advancements. In this course you will learn to have a more holistic view of science and medicine by studying these topics through a national security lens. Students will have the opportunity to further their knowledge in the sciences while also learning new skills found in the national security field. Some of the subjects covered include chemical and biological weapons, industrial espionage, and climate change, all presented within a national security theme.