• Start date:
  • 22 January 2024
  • Duration:
  • Intended Audience:
  • Researcher, Medical specialist

Accreditations

  • NVMM:
  • 60

Course Objectives
The course focuses on the diagnostic aspects of parasitic infections of importance in routine clinical practice in European countries. There will be intense practical sessions using high quality clinical samples for microscopy examination, real-life cases and interactive photo quizzes. During the first week the practical sessions will cover about 70% of the course and will be alternated with in-depth lectures given by experts in the field of clinical parasitology. During the second week the focus will be more on the clinical and epidemiological aspects. By the end of the course the participants will be familiar with clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of most common parasitic infections, including those seen in travellers and immigrants such as malaria, schistosomiasis and intestinal helminths. Some less common parasitic infections will be discussed, as well as the role of molecular diagnostics within routine laboratory practice.

Organiser
• Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Department of Parasitology and Boerhaave CME
• University of Applied Sciences Leiden

Course Coordinators
• Lisette van Lieshout, Leiden, The Netherlands
• Eric Brienen, Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands

This international course is a full two weeks course designed for Dutch clinical medical microbiologists in training and experienced senior technicians. The Dutch parasitology course has been successfully organized by the same Leiden group for more than 20 years. International participants can subscribe for week 1 or week 2 or the full course.

Week 1 

Monday, 22 January 2024

  • Homestudy
    • Introduction to course and laboratory diagnosis of parasitic infection  
    • Diagnosis of soil transmitted helminths and Strongyloides, some theoretical aspects
    • Diagnosis of Echinococcose, Taenia and other common cestodes; some theoretical aspects
  • Introduction and registration
  • Quiz and FAQ about pre-course homework
  • Diagnosis of soil transmitted helminths and cestodes - practice.Strongyloides - the neglected among the neglected - theory
  • Clinical aspects of echinococcosis
  • Epidemiology and control of echinococcosis
  • Quiz and FAQ about pre-course homework
  • Diagnosis of soil transmitted helminths and cestodes - practice
  • Slide quiz, discussion about patient of the day and general review

 
Tuesday, 23 January 2024

  • Homestudy
    • Diagnosis of trematoedes, some general aspects
  • Diagnosis of schistosomiasis theoretical aspects
  • Laboratory procedures for the diagnosis of helminths in stool and urine
  • Blinded cases for the diagnosis of helminths
  • Slide quiz, discussion about patient of the day and general review

Wednesday, 24 January 2024

  • Homestudy
    • Diagnosis of intestinal protozoa, some general aspects
  • Laboratory diagnosis of amoebiasis, theory and practice
  • Laboratory diagnosis of other pathogenic intestinal protozoa, theory and practice
  • Giardia and D. fragilis, clinical aspects, diagnostics and epidemiology
  • Blinded cases for the diagnosis of most common intestinal prozoa
  • Slide quiz, discussion about patient of the day and general review

Thursday, 25 January 2024

  • Homestudy:
    • Diagnosis of coccidia and microsporidium, some general aspects
  • Artefacts when detecting helminth or protozoa in stool or urine
  • Laboratory diagnosis of coccidia and microsporidium and artefacts
  • Laboratory diagnosis of P. falciparum, theory and practice
  • Laboratory diagnosis of non-P. falciparum malaria, theory and practice
  • Blinded cases for the diagnosis of malaria
  • Slide quiz, discussion about patient of the day and general review
  • Social Event – (optional)

Friday, 26 January 2024

  • New developments in the laboratory diagnosis of parasitic infection
  • Kinetoplastida: Leishmania and Trypanosoma
  • Laboratory diagnosis of kinetoplastida and other tissue parasites
  • Blinded cases for the diagnosis of parasitic infections
  • Discussion about patient of the day and general evaluation of the week
  • Clinical aspects of parasitic infections discussed during the first week
  • Closure of week 1

Week 2 

Monday, 29 January 2024 

  • Homestudy:
    • Filariasis and dracunsulus- background freom endemic regions
    • Readings about prarasites discussed so far during the course
  • Parasites of the skin
  • Malaria microscopy of complicated cases
  • Discussion about patient of the day
  • Clinical aspects and treatment of malaria
  • Malaria microscopy of complicated cases, including slidequiz
  • Non-microscopy diagnosis of malaria


Tuesday, 30 January 2024

  • Molecular diagnosis of Leishmania and Trypanosoma
  • Ectoparasites
  • Microscopy and macroscopy of ectoparasites
  • Laboratory diagnosis of special cases
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Clinical aspects of toxocariasis and trichinellosis

Wednesday, 31 January 2024

  • Trichimonas & clinical cases seen in a Dutch travel clinic or academic hospital
  • Blinded cases diagnosis
  • Therapy of  more complicated parasitic infections
  • Parasitic cases in severly immunocompromised patients
  • Filariasis in practice
  • Research in human parasitlogy
  • Visit to LUMC parasitology research department
  • Discussion about patient of the day and general review

Thursday, 1 February 2024

  • Free living amoeba
  • Sarcocistis, gnatostomiasis and other exotoc parasites
  • Malaria microscopy of complicated cases, including slidequiz
  • Blinded cases diagnosis (T-cases)
  • Parasitic cases in migrants – an interactive quiz
  • Parasitic cases: something exotic in a Dutch regional laboratory
  • Discussion about patient of the day and general review

Friday, 2 February 2024

  • Homestudy:
    • e-learning “Laboratory Diagnosis parasitic infections”
  • Answers of the e-learning “Laboratory Diagnosis parasitic infections”
  • More about microscopy-based techniques for the detection of intestinal parasites, Permanent staining, FLOTAC, mini-FLOTAC and others
  • Blinded cases diagnosis (IP-cases)
  • Answers of the T-cases, Case of the day
  • E-diagnosis, artefacts and delusions
  • Cases contribute by the participants
  • Final test
  • Clinical aspects of parasitic infections discussed in during the week
  • Evaluation of the course
  • Drinks and departure
  • Closure of week 2
E.A.T. Brienen
J.W.B. van der Giessen
Dr. A. van Goor
dr. C.L.M. van Hees
Dermatologie en Venerologie Erasmus MC
Dr. J.J. van Hellemond
Parasitoloog, Erasmus MC
Drs. L.M. Kortbeek
Medische Microbiologie RIVM
Dr. E.A. van Lieshout
Wetenschappelijk onderzoeker, LUMC
dr. T.G. Mank
dr. B. Mulder
Prof. dr. M. Roestenberg
Dr. J.J. Verweij
Prof. Dr. L.G. Visser
Dr. L.J. Wammes
Hogeschool Leiden
Zernikedreef 11, 2333 CK Leiden

University of Applied Sciences Leiden (Hogeschool Leiden)
Zernikedreef 11
Leiden, Netherlands

071 518 8800

Registration procedure
Non-Dutch participants register by contacting Dr Lisette van Lieshout lvanlieshout@lumc.nl 

Dutch participants register directly through the button on the top or bottom of this page.
Registration deadline for Dutch participants is 1 January 2024.
The course has been organized yearly around the same time of the year. Ask for information about future courses in case you are interested to participate.

Registration Fee:
EUR 1950,- for full course of 2 weeks
The fee includes coffee, tea, lunches and teaching materials.
Travel costs, accommodation (incl. breakfast) & dinners are not included.

  • Please note that upon registration, you agree to our Terms and Conditions, including the stated cancellation policy. Administration fees may be charged upon cancellation.