After this unit, students should be able to:
1. To know the malaria life cycle – parasite and hosts – human and mosquito vector.
2. To improve knowledge about interactions between the parasite and the two hosts.
3. To know the main and current areas of interest and research in malaria.
4. To contact with basic methodologies for the experimental study of malaria, following the main phases of the parasite life cycle.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Paula Arez


Weekly - Se a UC for oferecida como opcional, o horário será disponibilizado no 2º semestre

Total - 30

Teaching language



Attendance of 2/3 of classes is mandatory


Slides shown at classes, the support material, laboratorial protocols, etc are available to students through moodle platform and/or directly by teachers. A specific list of bibliographic references is recommended for each class, being this information previously available together with summaries and contents of the classes.

Teaching method

The CU consists in three introductory lectures and four practical/lectures with laboratorial practice and a written exam, in a total of 20 hours in the classroom.

Evaluation method

Evaluation includes 1) attendance to a minimum of 75% of the classes and 2) written exam. The latter consists of 25 multiple choice questions (0.5/question) and five questions about practical classes (1.5/question) and rated in a 0-20 scale.
Approval is gathered if minimum attendance is accomplished and exam final classification is equal or above 10.
The evaluation on a 2nd phase, for students who fail or require an improvement of the examination note, is also done by an written exam with 25 multiple-choice questions and 5 additional ones as well.
The evaluation of the CU as well as of its teachers is carried out through the evaluation system routinely used at IHMT.

Subject matter

I. Review of malaria basic concepts.
II. Aspects of the three components of malaria life cycle: Parasite: resistance to antimalarial drugs; Interaction human host-parasite – importance of the host cell and its metabolic pathways on the parasite development. Mosquitoe – response to the infection and use of experimental murine model.
III. Malaria control - main strategies and tools of prevention and treatment.


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