EEB 3895 Medical Parasitology Fall 2019
EEB 3895 Medical Parasitology Fall 2019
Course description: Parasitic agents of human disease: protozoan, helminth, and arthropod parasites of medical importance and their basic morphology, classification, and life-cycles, and pathology; 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.
Recommended 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. 313
Professor: Dr. Janine N. Caira
office: TLS 483 (office hours by arrangement)
email: Dr. Janine N. Caira
Important Documents & Activities
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.
(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 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|
|TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS:||400 points|
(Your final grade will be calculated as a percentage of the total number of 400 points you earn)
http://amsocparasit.org -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
Examples of previous exams will be posted here.
Study guides will be posted here.
This schedule is subject to change. Check regularly for updates!
|In-class Activity*||Class Period||Lecture Topic|
|M Aug 26||Introduction; General Concepts of Parasitology|
|A1||W Aug 28||The human body as a home to parasites; CDC & WHO|
|M Sept 2||Labor Day (No class)|
|W Sep 4||Introduction to zoonotic infections; Giardia: Giardiasis; Naegleria: PAM|
|M Sep 9||Entamoeba: Amoebiasis; Trichomoniasis|
|A2||W Sep 11||Trypanosoma: African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping sickness)|
|M Sep 16||Trypanosoma: American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas' disease)|
|A3||W Sep 18||Leishmania: Leishmaniasis|
|M Sep 23||Plasmodium: Malaria|
|A4||W Sep 25||Plasmodium: Malaria|
|M Sep 30||Exam I (Covers material up to end of Sept 25th)|
|A5||W Oct 2||Toxoplasma: Toxoplasmosis and related diseases|
|M Oct 7||Cryptosporidium: Cryptosporidiosis and related diseases|
|A6||W Oct 9||Liver flukes: Fasciolosis; Clonorchiasis|
|M Oct 14||Lung flukes: Paragonimosis|
|A7||W Oct 16||Blood flukes: Schistosomiasis|
|M Oct 21||Blood flukes: Schistosomiasis|
|W Oct 23||Tapeworms: Cysticercosis; Taeniasis|
|A8||M Oct 28||Tapeworms: Echinococcosis; Diphyllobothriasis|
|W Oct 30||Exam II (Covers material from Oct 2nd through Oct 28th)|
|A9||M Nov 4||Nematodes: Ascariasis; Toxocarosis|
|W Nov 6||Nematodes: pinworms, Hookworm disease|
|M Nov 11||Nematodes: Filariasis; Dracunculiasis|
|A10(b)||W Nov 13||Nematodes: Trichinosis; Trichuriasis|
|M Nov 18||Thanksgiving (No class)|
|W Nov 20||Thanksgiving (No class)|
|M Nov 25||Mites, ticks, and tick-borne diseases|
|A10(e)||W Nov 27||Fleas and lice|
|M Dec 2||Human parasites and climate change|
|A11||W Dec 4||General considerations|
|Date & Time TBD||Exam III (Covers Nov 4th through Dec 4th) & Final (Comprehensive Essays)|