ZOOM course Inflammation is an innate physiological process critical to the immune response against diseases and infections, as well as to reactions associated with physical injury and trauma. Less well known is the role of inflammation in many chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and rheumatic diseases. While medications often are taken to reduce the symptoms associated with inflammation (pain, swelling, redness), it should be recognized that this physiological response is actually part and parcel of the overall healing process. Despite these important roles, the process sometimes goes awry leading to unwanted consequences. This team-taught course will explore both the underlying science of the inflammatory process and the various diseases and conditions that result from it. In addition, the mechanisms of the drugs and therapies used in treating them will be discussed. A prior background in biology or medicine is not required. Veteran BULLI instructor Robert Powers has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and biostatistics from the Medical University of South Carolina and Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Yale College of Medicine and Gwinnett Technical College, and presently is director of research for the College of Health Sciences and Professions at the University of North Georgia. George Ordway has a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Kentucky and Master of Physician Assistant Studies from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a retired professor of physiology, who taught medical and allied health students for 25 years, and currently volunteers as a physician assistant at Good News Clinics. He has taught multiple BULLI courses, including Organ Recital I and II, How Healthy Are We? and The Body Human.