Infectious diseases


We expect students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge, using a clinical approach, in infectious diseases, especially emerging and neglected diseases:
1. General aspects of infectious diseases, including epidemiology, biology and life cycles of pathogens.
2. Genetics, immune response, pathophysiology, and their relation with the clinical manifestations.
3. Clinical and laboratory diagnosis, with emphasis on molecular techniques.
4. Prophylaxis, treatment and control.
5. Applied research to the clinics and control.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Filomena Pereira


Weekly - 8,5

Total - 47

Teaching language



Not applicable


• Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases: Expert Consult Premium Edition - Enhanced Online Features and Print (Two Volume Set) by Gerald L. Mandell (ed) Churchill Livingstone; 7 edition (September 18, 2009) ISBN-10: 0443068399.
• Clinical Infectious Disease, David Schlossberg (Ed) Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (May 12, 2008) ISBN-10: 0521871123.
• Manson's Tropical Diseases: Expert Consult, Gordon C. Cook, Alimuddin Zumla (ed) Saunders Ltd.; 22nd edition (December 10, 2008) ISBN-10: 1416044701.

Teaching method

- Group Work.
- Laboratory Activities.
- Clinical Cases Discussion.

Evaluation method

- Continuous Evaluation.
- Final exam.

Subject matter

I. Major infectious diseases, in the context of emerging and neglected diseases, caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoa, helminths and fungi;
II. Epidemiology: the biology of infectious agent, life cycles, biology and epidemiological contexts of vectors and intermediate and definitive hosts;
III. Infectious agent and host interaction; innate and acquired immunity to infectious diseases. Genetics of infection by bacteria, viruses, helminths, protozoa and fungi. Pathophysiology and clinical immunology of communicable diseases;
IV. Common and specific clinical manifestations of infectious diseases;
V. Diagnosis of infectious diseases, applied techniques in molecular genotyping, identification and diagnosis;
VI. Therapy of infectious diseases: from the molecule to the patient, problems and solutions;
VII. Applied research and emerging infectious diseases.


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