Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students have to know general characteristics of the pathogenic factors and basic technical aspects related to the laboratory diagnosis of infections caused by relevant bacteria, fungi, and viruses of medical interest. In addition, they must be able to apply this knowledge in the workplace.
Basic knowledge of microbiology, biochemistry and physiology are requested to understand the course topics successfully. In particular, students must have to passed the exam of Microbiology during the first year of the bachelor course in TLB.
Course contents summary
General characteristics, life cycles, pathogenicity factors and principles of laboratory diagnosis of infections caused by the main groups of bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses of medical interest.
General characteristics, pathogenicity factors and principles of laboratory diagnosis of the main groups of bacteria of medical interest.
Staphylococci: S. aureus e Staphylococcus spp.
Streptococci: S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. pneumoniae
Neisseriae: N. meningitidis e N. gonorrhoeae.
Principles of laboratory diagnosis of infection caused by:
Plasmodium spp, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania; free-living amoebae, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia intestinalis, Cryptosporidium spp..
Main fungi of medical interest and principles of laboratory diagnosis of fungal infections.
General characteristics, replication, epidemiology and principles of laboratory diagnosis of the main viruses of medical interest.
DNA viruses: Poxviridae, Herpesviridae, Adenoviridae, Polyomaviridae (notes), Papillomaviridae, Hepadnaviridae, Parvoviridae (notes).
RNA viruses: Picornaviridae, Astroviridae (notes), Caliciviridae, Togaviridae, Flaviviridae, Coronaviridae, Filoviridae (notes), Paramyxoviridae, Orthomyxoviridae, Bunyaviridae (notes), Arenaviridae (notes), Reoviridae, Retroviridae.
M. Bendinelli, C. Chezzi, G. Dettori, N. Manca, G. Morace, L. Polonelli, M.A T u f a n o.
Microbiologia Medica. Batteriologia. Parassitologia, Micologia. Virologia. Monduzzi Editore.
Lectures supported by visual aids will be used to present and discuss the contents of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
The outcomes of learning will be verified through an oral examination.
By questions regarding the topics of the course it will be determined whether the student has achieved the goal of knowledge in order to be able to apply it in the workplace.