The course has as its primary goal to provide students a general background on the main parasites of veterinary and zoonotic interest, together with a theoretical study on the practical applications of biotechnology in diagnostics, taxonomic classification, epidemiology and control of parasites.
LECTURES (3 CFU)
- Introduction to the study of parasitology: principles of ecology; host-parasite relationship; evolution of parasitology;
- Pathogenic mechanisms in parasitic diseases; defense reaction by the host against the parasite.
- Aspects of applied molecular parasitology (Diagnostics):
- Development of serologic methods for research of Ac or Ag (IFA, ELISA, etc.) development of programs able to identify parasites' eggs
- Development of methods of molecular biology for the detection and / or typing of parasites in the samples for the identification of species, strains and variants pathogenic undetectable with conventional techniques
- Development of new diagnostic techniques
- Principles of taxonomy and biomolecular epidemiology
- Development of recombinant vaccines
- Development of methods of biological control (biocontrol)
- Principal parasites of medical and veterinary interest: biological cycles, epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, profilaxis and therapy.
PRACTICAL LESSONS (2CFU)
- Morphological identification of parasites examined during the theoretical course.
- Application of traditional and biomolecular methods for the diagnosis in laboratory of parasitology and in research protocols
- Development of a protocol applied to biomolecular diagnostic parasitology
- Taxonomic classification of parasites
- Parasites culture in laboratory