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BIMD 537. Host-Pathogen Interactions involving Eukaryotic Microbes (Parasites/Fungi). 1 Credit.

Eukaryotic microbe infections have a devastating impact on global health and economic development as they infect over one third of the world's population and cause acute and chronic pathologies. Furthermore, macroscopic parasites (helminths/ worms) are master regulators of host inflammatory response and hence reduce the immune response to coinfections and negatively affect the success of vaccination programs against many other pathogens. In contrast, it has been proposed that the rise in autoimmune diseases in the developed world could be a direct result of the successful complete elimination of parasitic helminths in these communities. Thus, the purpose of this course is to provide a basic knowledge of the clinically important eukaryotic microbe pathogens and the immune response associated with their infections. A series of lectures will cover course components; a) basic introduction to protozoa, helminth, and fungi, and b) basic knowledge of the immune response and its involvement in parasitic/ fungal infections. An effort has been made to increase clinical relevance and problem-solving skills through a team-learning exercise involving quiz and paper presentations. S.

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