[Sfax]The study of allergen-specific Immunoglobulin E
Tunisia (ASSOCIA-MED) - University of Sfax/ Faculty of Medecine of Sfax, Sfax
The immunology laboratory Habib Bourguiba university hospital of Sfax, Tunisia
Pr. Hatem Masmoudi
Dr. Sawsan Feki
English - French
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The exposure to allergens has immeasurably evolved in the last decade (the change of the indoor life style, the anthropogenic environmental modifications which has an impact on the vegetal development, pollution...) affecting the level of the individual allergic sensitivity and causing the considerable increase of allergies in the whole world including Tunisia. Thus, the knowledge and the follow up of the different types of these responsible allergens in each region are essential.
What is the aim of the project?
This project aims to study and determine the main allergens shown by the specific IgE test in our laboratory (type, distribution according to age, gender, the areas of origin, the requesting department...) and to demonstrate the contribution of anti-CCD IgE (cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants) in the allergy test.
What techniques and methods are used?
 Total IgE dosing with chemiluminescence  Searching for specific IgE using a multi-allergen test with a specific response : semi-quantitative immun dot technique.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
- The student will mainly observe
- If the project includes “lab work”
- the student will take active part in the practical aspect of the project
- If the project is clinical
- the student will take active part in the clinical examination
- If the project is clinical
- the student will be allowed to work with patients
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
 Practice the different immunological techniques used after a period of learning:  Total IgE dosing with chemiluminescence  Searching for specific IgE using a multi-allergen test with a specific response: semi- quantitative immun dot technique.  Gather clinical informations,  Analyze and interpret the results.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Preliminary readings in French or English will be provided to the exchange student at the beginning of his exchange period.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
- A white coat is obligatory for this clinical project.
- The exchange students participating in this project should be a medical student who has already studied Immunology, Pediatrics and Pulmonology (Respiratory diseases). Subjects passed: Immunology, Pediatrics and Pulmonology
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- - la revue française d'allergologie: (exemple: article "l'augmentation de la sensibilisation allergique: rôle de l'allergène" A.Casset (2009))
- - Archives de pédiatrie ("allergènes responsables d'allergie respiratoire: les pneumallergènes" A. Deschildre (1999))
- - Nutrition clinique et métabolisme ("allergies alimentaires: mécanismes physiopathologiques; identification des allergènes alimentaires" Jean-Michel Wal (2003))