This is a practical course with the emphasis on the identification of gut parasites by microscopy and includes methods for preparation of samples and an evaluation of commercially available kits.
The use of staining methods for the identification of gut protozoa will also be considered. Practicals will be supported by appropriate lectures including lectures on the differentiation of Entamoeba histolytica from the morphologically identical E.dispar and the current thinking on the pathogenicity of Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis.
Parasites associated with HIV and other immunosuppressive disorders will also be included, as will the isolation and identification of the facultative parasites Acanthamoeba and Naegleria.
One afternoon will be devoted to the processing and identification of malaria, including the use of commercial 'malaria dipstick' tests currently available; and this is aimed at individuals who may find themselves having to identify malaria infection where it is not part of their routine work.
Registration applied for with IBMS and the Royal College of Pathology for CPD.
Staff of the parasite reference laboratory in the Department of Infectious & Tropical Diseases will give instruction on the course. A comprehensive laboratory manual is included and participants will be given, where possible, reference material to take back to their own laboratories.
There is no formal assessment but at the conclusion of the course, a certificate of attendance will be provided.
This course is aimed primarily at microbiologists and others involved in the laboratory identification of human parasites.
The fee for the course is £735. The fee covers participation in the course and course materials, but does not cover travel costs, accommodation and meals. Payable by: 19 June.
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