University of Ioannina, PC 45110, Greece
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Purpose of the course: Knowledge of basic immunology and mechanisms of immune response to microorganisms, the systematic study of viruses and fungi of medical importance and understanding of pathological effects in humans.

Contents of Course: Infection and Immunity: Principles of Immunology, Antigens, Innate and Acquired Immunity, Immunity and Viral Infections, Pathogenesis and Immunology of Parasitic Infections, Immunity to Bacterial Infections. Introduction to human Virology: Nature, structure and classification of viruses of medical importance, virus-cell interactions. Virology: Adenoviruses, Herpesviruses, Pox-viruses, Papilloma and Polyoma-viruses, Hepadna-viruses, Parvo-viruses, Picorna-viruses, Orthomyxo-viruses, Paramyxo-viruses, Arbo-viruses, Toga-viruses, Hepatitis viruses, Arena-viruses and Filo-viruses, Reo-viruses, Retro-viruses, Calici-viruses, Astro-viruses, Corona-viruses, Rhabdo-viruses, Prions. Mycology: Superficial, Subcutaneous and Systemic mycoses in humans, Pathogenic Fungi, Epidemiology, Incidence, Clinical and Laboratory - Microbiological Diagnosis, Treatment. Superficial Mycoses: Dermatomycosis, Superficial Candidiasis, Pityriasis versicolor. Subcutaneous Mycoses. Systemic Mycoses: Aspergillosis, Cryptococcosis, Zygomycosis, Pneumocystosis and others. Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Infectious Diseases: Infectious Syndromes, Diagnostic Procedures, Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Epidemiology and Infection control in the community, Hospital Infections, Immunization. Laboratory exercices: Urinalysis, Viral culture, Serological tests, Molecular techniques, Culture and identification of Fungi, Antifungal Susceptibility Testing, Applications in Clinical Microbiology.

Course schedule and outcomes: The course is taught in lectures and laboratory exercises in small groups of students. The final level of knowledge of students enables them to know the immunology of infection, viral pathogens and fungi, ecology and epidemiology, modes of transmission, pathogenicity, infections they cause, prevention, laboratory methods of classical and modern microbiology and their application in the diagnosis of these infections.

Hours of training per student: 91

Semester: 6th