Published December 17, 2012
Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, PhD, professor of biotechnical and clinical laboratory sciences, and Ernesto De Nardin, PhD, adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology, have co-authored a clinical immunology textbook.
Published by Prentice Hall, “Contemporary Clinical Immunology and Serology” presents up-to-date professional techniques and prepares students to work in modern clinical immunology laboratories.
The 23-chapter textbook, which is part of the Pearson Clinical Laboratory Science Series, covers everything from basic immunology vocabulary to immunodiagnostics for bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal diseases.
Structured to gradually build students’ understanding, it includes such topics as:
Written with input from leading clinical immunology professionals, the book also contains case studies, game-style chapter reviews and full color visuals to promote critical thinking.
The textbook aims to reach students in biotechnology programs, clinical laboratory technician programs and graduate and undergraduate science majors in medically oriented immunology courses.
It is also appropriate for medical residents in internal medicine and the discipline of allergy, immunology and rheumatology.
“The major challenge was to write the book so that the material would satisfy the needs of different levels of students,” De Nardin notes.
Practicing laboratory professionals will also find the textbook useful as a reference guide, he adds.
Rittenhouse-Olson is an authority on carbohydrate antigens in cancer and infectious disease. She is director of the biotechnology undergraduate program and serves as editor for Immunological Investigations.
De Nardin’s expertise includes the relationship between chronic infections and systemic diseases, chemotactic mechanisms in disease, cell motility and site-directed mutagenesis. He is associate editor of Immunological Investigations.