Parasitic Worms - Infection Can Alter Our Susceptibility to Other Diseases
Approximately one fifth of the world’s population is currently infected with parasitic worms. This can cause symptoms such as malnutrition, diarrhea, stunted growth and cognitive impairment. Evidence suggests that the presence of intestinal worms might increase the susceptibility of the infected to other microbial infections. However, in some contexts the presence of worms has shown to protect from certain conditions like allergies and inflammatory bowel diseases. This course will explain the epidemiological and experimental evidence linking worm infection with differing disease susceptibilities, and explain current research methods to help understand how modifications occur to the immune response and intestinal microbiota.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Course withdrawal must occur at least 48 hours prior to course commencement to receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee.
Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology
This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).