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  • In this activity, students explore current medical research and consider future possibilities. They compare current medical care of infectious diseases with research and think about future trends. This activity can be adapted for students to explore other areas of medical research, for example, potentially revolutionary treatments for brain diseases.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain some of current research happening in immunology in New Zealand
    • compare current medical care of infectious diseases to the research happening at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research
    • describe what could be available in future medical care related to infectious diseases.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do.

    Nature of science

    Our understanding of science is evolving all the time. Therapies such as drugs and vaccines improve as scientists learn more about infectious diseases, immune response and making new drugs and vaccines.

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      Published 27 October 2010 Referencing Hub articles
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