Gerard A. Cangelosi
Individual offerings focusing on topics such as pathogenesis, immunology, virology, disease agents, bioinformatics and grant writing. Small lecture format. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Accurate diagnosis is critical to patient care. When applied to infectious disease, it also critical to reducing transmission and protecting public health. Improving diagnostic methods, and making them available to resource-limited populations, is considered by many to be the best opportunity for science and technology to reduce the global burden of infectious disease. To achieve this, we need to better understand the unique pathobiologies of infectious diseases. We also need improved biomarkers and better methods for detecting them. This 3-week mini-course will introduce students to infectious disease diagnosis and its role in disease care, prevention, and clinical research. Emphasis will be placed on pathobiological considerations that impact diagnosis and its interpretation.
Student learning goals
Students will emerge with improved understanding of infectious disease diagnosis and its role in disease care, prevention, and clinical research.
General method of instruction
Lectures, discussions, and exercises.
Class assignments and grading
Reading will come from current scientific literature.
Students can choose between taking the course for a grade or pass/fail. Grading will be based on classroom participation, a diagnostic design exercise, and a take-home exam.