INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Genetics and Bioengineering PhD
||Emerging and Reemerging Pathogens
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|Mirsada Hukić, Prof. Dr.
||Mirsada Hukić, Prof. Dr.
|The closing decade of the previous centurysuggested that infectious diseases will require much more attention from patients and physicians in the 21stcentury. Recently discovered diseases pose a major threat to the population at large, and the re-emergence of established pathogens has been added to that threat. A large proportion of this problem is man-made, arising mainly from the unnecessary overuse of antimicrobials in hospital and community settings and from the agricultural misuse of the agents in animal feed. A consequence has been a dramatic increase in resistant strains of bacteria that were considered conquerable several decades ago, two examples being methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Viruses, such as hantavirus, influenza, and ebola, are also important to be mentioned in this context.
Throughout this course, a graduate student is given an opportunity to perform an independent research of emerging and reemergingpathogens in the 21st century.
|The cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
Giving an overview of bacterial pathogens that are the major threat in the 21stcentury.
Providing an overview of viruses that are major threats in the 21stcentury.
Introduction to surveillance and monitoring basics
- Introduction to the course
- Severely invasive Group A streptococcal infections
- Bartonella infections in the new century
- Antibiotic-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae
- MRSA in the 21stcentury
- Vancomycin-resistant enterococci
- Multiresistant Enterobacteriaceae
- MID-TERM EXAM
- Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
- Drug-resistant malaria
- Controlling and surveillance
- Interactive Lectures
- Discussions and group work
| Final Exam||1||40|
- Recall microbiology terminology
- Analyze multidrug resistant bacteria that pose a threat to human health
- Break down antibiotic resistance and its importance in the spread of emerging and reemerging pathogens
- Categorize viruses that are a threat in the 21stcentury
- Debate the importance and implications of monitoring and surveillance of emerging and reemerging pathogens
- Fong, I.W. & Drlica, K. (2003). Reemergence of established pathogens in the 21stcentury. New York City, NY, USA: Springer.
|ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
|Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)||15||3||45|
|Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)||15||2||30|
|Midterm Examination (1 week)||1||2||2|
|Final Examination(1 week)||1||2||2|
|Preparation for Midterm Examination||1||10||10|
|Preparation for Final Examination||1||20||20|
|Assignment / Homework/ Project||1||21||21|
|Seminar / Presentation||1||20||20|