Autoimmune diseases can strike any part of the body.

Because the symptoms vary widely, they are allocated to different medical specialties based on the organ system immediately affected. Yet, the basic principles governing one autoimmune disease are applicable to others and treatments applied to one autoimmune disease may be useful in others.

The primary goal of the Autoimmune Diseases Track is to expose the student to basic and/or clinical immunological aspects of autoimmunity.

The Autoimmune Diseases track offers a curriculum that will enable the student to:

  • Develop an appreciation of research in autoimmune and musculoskeletal diseases such as alcoholic liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis and atherosclerosis;
  • Acquire clinical and research skills;
  • Develop the ability to critically evaluate research (including the medical literature) and its application to medicine;
  • Gain insight into the process by which research is performed (including the ethical conduct of research, protocol design, study implementation, data collection and analysis, report generation, and administrative issues); and 
  • Develop a more in depth understanding of immunology; specifically, autoimmune disease.

For more information
Several faculty members and experts in auto-immune diseases facilitate this program.

Contact: James O'Dell, M.D. or call 402-559-7288

Or Geoffrey M. Thiele, Ph.D. or call 402- 995-3550.