Clinical Mycology and Parasitology (INIM5013)


This unit aims to equip science and medical graduates with an in-depth knowledge of medical mycology and parasitology that will enable them to work effectively as laboratory personnel, clincians and medical scientists in relevant hospital laboratories, clinics or research institutions. The course will allow students to develop skills in recognising fungal and parasitic infections, interpret laboraroty reports on identifictaion of the mycotic and parasitic disease agents and molecular typing of clincial isolates, evaluation of scientific literature, in problem-solving and in scientific communication that will enable graduates to develop careers as microbiologists, clinicians and administrators or policy-makers in hospitals, health care organizations or government bodies. The course structure involves lectures on diseases caused by fungal, protozoan and helminthic agents, laboratory classes on identification of fungal and parasitic infections (classical methods such as morphology and biochemistry, molecular methoths, inclduing: sanger and next generartion seqeuning, whole genome sequencing, a number of PCR based techniques and MALDI-TOF), molecular typing techniques used to investigate potential disease outbreaks, techniques used in research investigations and specific tutorials (e.g. clinical cases, investigation of outbreaks of disease and prevention strategies). Specific lectures will be given by expertclinicans in infectious dieseas,, basic microbiology/mycology/parasitology scientists and leading diagnostic specialists in the field. Seminars consisting of presentations of specified topics researched by individual students will complement the course. The course takes place at the new Westmead Institute for Medical Research, in the Molecular Mycology Research Laboratory, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Marie Bashir Institute for Emerging infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Sydney Medical School at the Westmead Campus.

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2x1hr lectures/week


1x2hr written examination (55%), seminar presentation (15min) (15%), and laboratory practicalwork protocols (30%)


Recommended reading: Medically Important Fungi - A guide to Identification Larone DH 4th Edition ASM Press Washington DC 2002. Atlas of Clinical Fungi (hard copy) 2nd edition de Hoog et al. 2000 Centraalbueau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht The Netherlands, or online version (4th edition) at Human Pathogenic Fungi. Sullivan DJ & Moran GP 2014 Caister Academic Press , Norfolk, UK ISBN 978-1-908230-44-7 Clinical Parasitology: A handbook for medical practitioners and microbiologists. Sheorey H et al. University Press Carlton Vic, 2000. Diagnostic Medical Parasitology Garcia L. 6th Edition ASM Press 2016. Foundations of Parasitology 9th Edition Roberts LS, Janovy, J Jr and Nadler, S. Mc Graw Hill 2013.

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Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate units in microbiology or medical microbiology.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.