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        T139 Molecular Testing for Diagnosis of Parasitic Diseases

        Date: March 19, 2013; 2:00 p.m. (EST)
        Speaker: Andrea K. Boggild, M.D.

        Description: Parasitic infections are caused by a vast group of complex eukaryotic organisms, the diagnosis of which is often multimodal and has historically relied on microscopic demonstration of various parasite stages in clinical specimens. Molecular platforms, including real-time PCR, are among the newest technologies to inform the diagnostic approach to parasitic infections.

        Intended Audience: The course is open to anyone! However, since it is a practical course, laboratory personnel (e.g., medical technologists, supervisors, and directors) with a minimum of a bachelors-degree and familiarity with clinical microbiology would benefit the most. Limited to U.S. and Canadian residents.

        Objectives: Following this session, the participants should be able to:

        • Recognize the nucleic-acid based strategies used to confirm common parasitic infections of humans.
        • Understand the advantages and limitations of conventional diagnostic tests for parasites, and how molecular based assays may contribute to overall diagnostic approaches.
        • Recognize the challenges of performing molecular based assays on commonly obtained clinical specimens for the diagnosis of parasitic infections.

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