MICROBIOLOGY AND CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2013/2014
YEAR OF STUDY: 2
SEMESTER: First semester
NUMBER OF CREDITS: 6
CONTACT HOURS: 42
INDIVIDUAL WORK HOURS: 108
The objective of the Clinical Microbiology course is to enable the acquisition of knowledge and understanding about the fundamental biological characteristics, replication and interaction with the host of relevant bacteria, fungi, and viruses of medical interest, and about the basic aspects related to the laboratory diagnosis, either direct or indirect, of infections. Objective of the course is also to provide the ability to apply in occupational contexts the knowledge and understanding acquired in the field of Clinical Microbiology.
Getting through examination of microbiology for the first year of the course.
Normal flora in humans
General characters (morphology, cell structures, notes on metabolism),
pathogenicity and main diagnostic aspects related to the following human bacterial pathogens:
Staphylococci: S. aureus and other coagulase-negative Staphylococci
Streptococci: S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. pneumoniae and Enterococci
Neisseriaceae: N. meningitidis and N. gonorrhoeae
Enteric pathogens, Vibrio cholerae, and Campylobacter
Anaerobes: Bacteroides spp., Porphyromonas spp., Prevotella spp., Fusobacterium spp., Clostridium spp., Peptostreptococcus spp., non spore-forming Gram-positive bacteria
Fungi of medical interest.
Histopathologic, cultural and serologic approaches for the laboratory diagnosis of:
Deep and systemic mycoses
Viruses of medical interest.
Serologic, molecular and cultural fundamentals for laboratory diagnosis of:
Viral infections of nervous system
Viral infections of respiratory tract
Viral infections of gastrointestinal tract
Viral infections of genito-urinary tract
Congenital, perinatal and postnatal viral infections
Viral infections of liver and biliary tract
Viral infections of immune system
Exanthematic viral infections
Viral infections from oncogenic viruses
Visual aids made available online;
M. Bendinelli, C. Chezzi, G. Dettori, N. Manca, G. Morace, L. Polonelli, M.A.
Microbiologia Medica. Batteriologia. Micologia. Virologia. Monduzzi Editore
Lectures accompanied by visual aids will be used to convey critical information on the topics relating to the course content.
Learning outcomes will be verified through an oral examination. Questions on the topics relating to the course content will be used to test the student’s knowledge and understanding in the field, and her/his ability to apply the knowledge and understanding in occupational contexts.
Teachers: Prof. Stefania Conti; Dr. Silvia Covan;
Dr. Flora De Conto