-Host-parasite interactions: microorganisms as a cause of infection. Sources and reservoirs, modes of transmission (direct and indirect), host susceptibility, distribution of infections in the population.
-Diagnosis of infectious diseases: molecular biology and biotechnology in the laboratory of clinical microbiology
-New tools for the study of the epidemics: from the molecular epidemiology to the phylogenetics of the infectious agents
-The infectious diseases in the 21st century: old and new threats to the global health. Role of the environmental and social factors.
-Emerging and re-emerging diseases (eg Flu, Vector-borne diseases: Arboviruses encephalites, Haemorrhagic fevers, multi-drug resistant microbial strains, emerging zoonoses, Malaria and Tuberculosis)
-Microorganisms and toxins as biological weapons; bioterrorism
-Infections as causes of cancer (eg Papillomavirus, Retroviruses, Helicobacter pylori)
-Foodborne infections in the globalization era (eg Hepatitis A and E)
-The plague of the 21st century: changing epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (eg.: AIDS and Hepatitis B and C viruses)
· Slides presentation (.pdf) in Ariel
· Other teaching tools ( articles, links to websites, etc.) in Ariel
Prerequisites and examination procedures
Written examination (closed answer questions) at the first call and oral at the following calls
Teaching Mode: Traditional.
Attendance: highly recommended.
More detailed information can be found in Ariel