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MSc Medial Mycology syllabus 2012-2013

1- Introduction Introduction to fungi and fungal infection Characteristics of fungal cell growth and phenotypic switching. Taxonomy and identification of fungal pathogens Fungal pathogenicity , pre-disposing factors and virulence factors Immunity to fungal infections and host defense factors. Routes of fungal infections - Highlights on Actinomycetes: Actinomyces species, Nocardia species and Streptomyces species 2- Mycoses This focuses individually on all aspects of the major and some less common mycoses. Superficial mycoses 1. Pityriasis versicolor 2. Tinea nigra 3. Piedra Cutaneous mycoses Dermatophytes 1 Tinea pedis (Athlete's foot),. 2 Tinea Unguium (onychomycosis), 3 Tinea corporis 4 tinea cruris or (jock itch). 5 Tinea capitis. 6 Tinea barbae 7 Tinea manus 8 Trichophytid reaction, Subcutaneous mycoses (Characteristics, pathogenesis, infection and control) 1. Sporotrichosis 2. Chromoblastomycosis 3. Mycetoma 4. Rhinosporidiosis 5. Lobomycosis

Systemic mycoses 1. Coccidioidomycosis 2. Histoplasmosis 3. Blastomycosis 4. Paracoccidioidomycosis.

Opportunistic pathogens 1 2 3 4 5 Candidiasis Cryptococcosis Aspergillosis Zygomycosis. Pneumocystosis.

Other fungal related diseases 1. Mycotoxicoses 2. Mycetismus 3. Hypersensitivity

3. Therapy of Fungal Infection Potential targets for antifungal agents Antifungal agents modes of action Susceptibility testing Antifungal drug resistance

4- Practical mycology Laboratory safety and safe handling of specimens. Lab Diagnosis of fungal infection: Specimen collection, direct examination and culture. Identification of pathogenic fungi. Preservation and storage of fungi

Dr. Shama M.J.Saadaldin