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|In-class Participation (see * below) ||                      30 points
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EEB 3895 Medical Parasitology Fall 207

Course description: Parasitic agents of human disease: protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites of medical importance and their basic morphology, classification, and life-cycles; diagnosis of infection; current topics in parasitic diseases.

Format : Class periods will include a blend of lectures and group activities.

Prerequisites: Three credits of introductory biology or approval of instructor.

Rcommended textbook: Foundations of Parasitology 8th (2008; Roberts & Janovy) or 9th (2012; Roberts, Janovy & Nadler) edition; McGraw Hill.

Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:05–10:20 am; Where: TLS Rm. 301


Professor: Dr. Janine N. Caira
office: TLS 483 (office hours by arrangement)
phone: 486-4060
email: Dr. Janine N. Caira

Important Documents


Course Objectives

The course is focused on the biology of the parasites responsible for human diseases. It is organized by parasite group and aims to provide:
(1) an overview of the major parasite taxa infecting humans globally,
(2) an appreciation of the diversity of life-cycles, portals of entry, sites infected, modes of reproduction these parasites employ, and
(3) a basic understanding of the pathology associated with, and diagnosis of, infection with each major parasite group.

Specific Learning Outcomes

The course will provide a sound parasitological foundation for students who wish to pursue a career in a medical or related academic field.
(1) Know fundamental concepts of parasitology and the technical vocabulary used in the field.
(2) Identify common human parasite taxa based on morphological, biological, clinical, and geographic criteria, and the diseases they cause.
(3) Understand the human body as a home to parasites in terms of portals of entry and exit, and sites occupied by parasites.
(4) Appreciate the complexity of parasite life-cycles and transmission strategies.
(5) Hone critical thinking skills by applying fact-based knowledge of human parasites to scenarios involving infection diagnosis and prevention.


3 Lecture Exams (90 points each) 270 points
Final Comprehensive Essay Exam 100 points
In-class Participation (see * below) 30 points

Useful Websites

http://asp.unl.edu -The American Society of Parasitologists (general parasitology)
http://www.astmh.org -The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (medical parasitology)
http://www.dpd.cdc.gov -Center for Disease Control (CDC) resource for identification of parasitic disease agents (US government infectious diseases surveillance agency; focused on human and zoonotic parasites)
http://www.who.int/neglected_diseases/diseases/en/ -World Health Organization (WHO) Programme on neglected tropical diseases (Note that 11 of the 17 targeted diseases deemed important globally are caused by parasitic organisms!)
http://www.who.int/topics/malaria/en/ -WHO Global Malaria Programme focusing on prevention, treatment and control of this protist infection

Past Exams

Past exams will be posted here

Study Guides

Study guides will be posted here

Lecture Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. Check regularly for updates!

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* The course will include a series of in-class activities consisting of 10 Exercises (E1-E10 above) and 8 Skype conversations (S1-S8 above) with relevant parasite experts from around the country. Your grade for class participation will come from your participation in these activities. You must participate in at least 8 in-class Exercises (18 points). You will each also be asked to co-lead the Skype conversation with 1 of the 8 parasitologists (5 points), but will also be expected to be present for at least 7 of these conversations (7 points).
In-class Activity* Class Period Topic Readings
8th edition (9th edition)
M Aug 28 Introduction; General Concepts of Parasitology Ch 1 & 2 (both eds.)
E1 W Aug 30 The human body as a home to parasites; CDC & WHO
M Sept 4 Labor Day (no class)
Protozoan Diseases
W Sep 6 Introduction to zoonotic infections; Giardia: Giardiasis; Naegleria: PAM 88–92 (90–94); 116–119 (114–117)
M Sep 11 Entamoeba: Amoebiasis; Trichomoniasis 107–115 (105–113); 95–99 (93–97)
E2 W Sep 13 Trypanosoma: African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping sickness) 61–70 (both eds.)
M Sep 18 Trypanosoma: American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) 71–75 (71–76)
E3 W Sep 20 Leishmania: Leishmaniasis 77–85 (both eds.)
S1 M Sep 25 Plasmodium: Malaria 147–164 (143–159) & colour plates
W Sep 27 Plasmodium: Malaria 147–164 (143–159) & colour plates
M Oct 2 Exam I (Covers material up to end of Sept 28th)
E4 W Oct 4 Toxoplasma: Toxoplasmosis and related diseases 133–140 (131–137)
M Oct 9 Cryptosporidium: Cryptosporidiosis and related diseases 141–144 (122–123 & 140–141)
Helminth Diseases
E5 W Oct 11 Liver flukes: Fasciolosis; Clonorchiasis Ch 15 (both eds.); 268–273 (256–261); 287–292 (275–280)
M Oct 16 Lung flukes: Paragonimosis 281–285 (269–273)
S2 W Oct 18 Blood flukes: Schistosomiasis 249–262 (237–250)
S3 M Oct 23 Blood flukes: Schistosomiasis 249–262 (237–250)
E6 W Oct 25 Tapeworms: Cysticercosis; Taeniasis Ch 20 (both eds.); 346–351 (330–335); 355–357 (340–341)
S4 M Oct 30 Tapeworms: Echinococcosis; Diphyllobothriasis 351–355 (335–339); 341–345 (325–329)
W Nov 1 Exam II (Covers material from Oct 5th through Oct 31st)
S5 M Nov 6 Nematodes: Ascariasis; Toxocarosis Ch 22 (both eds.); 433–442 (411–421)
E7 W Nov 8 Nematodes: pinworms, Hookworm disease 447–450 (425–429); 419–426 (397–405)
S6 M Nov 13 Nematodes: Filariasis; Dracunculiasis 463–474 (441–453); 479–484 (457–462)
E8 W Nov 15 Nematodes: Trichinosis; Trichuriasis 399–409 (377–388)
M Nov 20 Thanksgiving (no class)
W Nov 22 Thanksgiving (no class)
Arthropod Diseases
S7 M Nov 27 Mites, ticks, and tick-borne diseases 639–645 (611–616); 653–655 (625–629)
E9 W Nov 29 Fleas, lice, flies and bed bugs 589–599 (563–573); 569–579 (543–554); 583–584 (557–559)
S8 M Dec 4 Human parasites and climate change
E10 W Dec 6 General considerations
TLS 301
Dec 14
Exam III (Covers Nov 7th through Dec 7th) & Final (Comprehensive Essays)