An Introduction to Autoimmune Diseases

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Lecture Overview

Autoimmunity is the inability of the immune system to distinguish between the ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. This causes the body to attack itself by producing antibodies that target normal body tissues. In this lecture, research scientist Dr Ina Rudloff provides an overview of the immune system, describes common autoimmune diseases and discusses how autoimmunity affects the body.


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Dr Ina Rudloff was recruited to the Ritchie Centre at Monash University where she researches the function and therapeutic potential of novel immune modulators of the interleukin (IL-1) family. She completed her PhD in theoretical medicine with a focus on immunology at the Goethe University in Germany. Ina’s research has the goal of influencing clinical practice in the treatment of severe inflammatory conditions.
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First Published01 February 2023
Updated01 February 2023
01 February 2025
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Anatomy and Physiology
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