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Immunotherapy in clinical practice: understanding the science for better patient care

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The last 15 years have seen new forms of immunotherapy introduced into almost every area of clinical practice. Staying ahead of this rapid evolution is crucial.

Developed and delivered by the British Society for Immunology, this interactive training programme provides essential immunology knowledge to demystify the science behind immunotherapy and explain the application of these therapies in the clinic. 

By equipping you with tangible information that you can take back to your clinical area, you can continue to advance patient care and outcomes in immune-related conditions.

Through problem-based learning delivered live online, this course will empower you to: 

  • Understand how the science directly relates to clinical practice
  • Explain how immunotherapy drugs work in simple terms
  • Discuss the pros and cons of different treatment options, the chances of success and reasons for drug-switching 
  • Better understand the safety profile of these drugs and why treatment resistance and immune-related toxicities can occur

Open to all

You might work directly with patients and be keen to understand the science, or have limited contact with patients and would like to understand the clinical application of these therapies better – either way, this course is for you.

Whether you're a seasoned practitioner, venturing into a new specialty or just starting your journey, this course is designed for all HCPs and clinicians involved in the care of patients receiving immunotherapy, including doctors, nurses, hospital pharmacists, clinical scientists, physician associates and GPs.

Researchers and industry-based product development teams interested in how these drugs are utilised in clinical practice will also find great value in this training.

No prior immunology knowledge is needed for this course. Both BSI members and non-members are welcome.

What you'll get

You will master essential immunology principles, explore the science behind immunotherapies, then put your insights to practice in a focused clinical workshop.

Each training day includes foundation sessions on immunology and immunotherapy, followed by a clinical workshop tailored for different clinical areas.

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Key features:

  • Online training – a one-day course for one specialty plus additional afternoon workshops if you’d like to explore more specialties
  • Practical, case-based learning
  • Digital workbook to accompany the course
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Guided by engaging, passionate experts in the field – meet the course tutors below
  • These courses have both been approved by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians for 5 CPD credits each. Medical staff and clinical scientists in career grade posts who are enrolled with one of the Royal Colleges for CPD purposes and attend the meeting will be entitled to receive CPD credits. Please note that a certificate of attendance must be provided to receive credits. 

Course dates and registration

Training days will begin with a morning on immunology and immunotherapy foundation theory followed by a workshop on the particular specialty as a theme for that day. The first two themes are gastroenterology and rheumatology, with more themes to follow.

DateMorning session (09:30 – 12:00 BST)Afternoon session (13:00 – 16:00 BST)

Tuesday 4 June

Register here

Immunology 101: an introduction

Immunotherapies: what you need to know

Clinical workshop: rheumatology

Wednesday 5 June

Register here

Immunology 101: an introduction

Immunotherapies: what you need to know

Clinical workshop: gastroenterology

You can choose to attend only the relevant day for your speciality, or attend both clinical workshops for a discounted fee to expand your knowledge of different clinical areas. Simply book your place for one of the days and we will send you a discount code for £100 off your booking for the other day. Please note the morning session only needs to be completed once. Please see the fees below.

Rheumatology focus

(4 June 2024)

Gastroenterology focus

(5 June 2024)

Both courses

Meet the course tutors

Immunology 101: an introduction:

Professor Jim Brewer, Chair in Basic Immunology at the University of Glasgow

Immunotherapies: what you need to know:

Professor Allison Green, Professor of Immunology, Hull York Medical School, University of York

Putting knowledge into practice: gastroenterology workshop:

Dr Gareth-Rhys Jones, Consultant Gastroenterologist at the Western General Hospital, and Clinician Scientist at the University of Edinburgh

Putting knowledge into practice: rheumatology workshop:

Dr Chris Wincup, Consultant Rheumatologist at King’s College Hospital
"I am incredibly passionate about teaching the immunology of autoimmune rheumatic diseases, particularly in the context of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). I look forward to sharing the latest advances in precision medicine and cell based therapies (such as CAR T cell therapy) in autoimmunity!"


More information on course tutors for different specialities coming soon!

Future courses

More dates will open later in 2024 with other clinical specialities to choose from, including neurology, immunology/allergy and oncology. If you register your details here, you can also get updated as soon as new courses launch.

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