Postgraduate Workshop in Clinical Parasitology, ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop

4 - 8 June 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • ESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology (ESGCP)
  • Department of Clinical Parasitology, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Course Objectives

The course focuses on parasitic infections of importance for routine clinical practice in European countries, including the most frequently imported parasitic infections in migrants and travellers. Experienced speakers will provide lectures with emphasis on clinical, diagnostic, therapeutic and epidemiological aspects. In addition, practical lessons will be provided, covering about 40% of the course, where diagnosis of the most important parasitic infections, including malaria, leishmania and intestinal parasites, will be practiced.

Course Venue

Academic Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Target Audience

25 medical doctors, biologists or senior technicians interested and /or working in clinical parasitology

Contact Person

Dr Tom van Gool
Dept. of Clinical Parasitology
Academic Medical Center
Meibergdreef 9
1105 AZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone +31 20 5665728
Fax +31 20 6965084


Administrative Secretariat

Ms L. Nieuwendijk
Dept. of Clinical Parasitology
Academic Medical Center
Meibergdreef 9
1105 AZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone +31 20 5665719
Fax +31 20 6965084


Course Programme


Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Day 1: Malaria

09.30 Introduction to the course, Clinical Parasitology and European perspective. T. van Gool
09.45 Malaria: life cycle and epidemiology. T. van Gool

10.30 Break?

10.45 Malaria: pathogenesis and clinical aspects. T. van Gool
?11.30 Movie: Malaria: vector control and artemisinin-based therapy

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Introduction to malaria diagnosis. T. van Gool
13.30 Introduction to practical: microscopic diagnosis of malaria. T. van Gool

14.45 Break

15.00 Practical I: microscopic diagnosis of malaria (spot-test)

16.00 Break

?16.15 Practical II: demo of rapid diagnostic tests


Day 2: Malaria

09.30 Prevention and therapy of malaria. M. van Vugt

10.30 Break?

10.45 Rapid diagnostic tests for diagnosis of malaria. T. van Gool

11.45 Break

12.00 Molecular diagnosis of malaria. A. Bart

12.30 Lunch?

13.15 Practical III: preparation of slides and different methods of staining

14.30 Break

14.45 Practical IV: self-study with malaria cases & demo of molecular diagnostics of malaria


Day 3: Blood and tissue parasites

09.30 Trypanosomiasis. S. van Nieuwenhove

10.30 Break?

10.45 Leishmaniasis. P. van Thiel

?11.45 Break

12.00 Filariasis. A. Sulahian?

13.00 Lunch?

14.00 Practical V: microscopic diagnosis of Leishmania, Trypanosoma and Filaria (spot-test)
?Practical VI: self-study of microscopic diagnosis of intestinal protozoa & demo of molecular diagnosis of Leishmania

15.30 Break?

15.45 Toxoplasmosis in immunocompetent and immmunocompromised hosts. F. Derouin


Day 4: Intestinal protozoal infections

09.30 Amoebiasis and giardiasis. T. Mank

?10.30 Break?

10.45 Cryptosporidium and Cyclospora. F.Derouin

11.45 Break

?12.00 Microsporidia, Dientamoeba and Blastocystis. T. van Gool

13.00 Lunch

13.45 Molecular diagnosis of intestinal protozoa. A. Bart
14.30 Improved microscopic diagnosis of intestinal protozoa. T. van Gool
15.00 Practical VII: microscopic diagnosis of intestinal parasites (spot-test)
16.00 Practical VIII: demo of serological and molecular diagnosis of intestinal parasites & self-study microscopic diagnosis of intestinal parasites

Day 5: Intestinal helminth infections
09.30 Ascariasis, trichuriasis, hookworm infection and strongyloidiasis. A. Sulahian

10.30 Break

?10.45 Enterobiasis and schistosomiasis. A. Sulahian

11.45 Break

12.00 Echinococcosis and cysticercosis. T. Kortbeek

13.00 Lunch?

14.00 Practical IX: microscopic diagnosis of intestinal infections & demo of serological and molecular diagnosis of intestinal? and tissue parasites

16.30 Closing ceremony and evaluation of the course
17.00 Farewell party

Course Faculty
  • A. Bart, Amsterdam, NL
  • ?F. Derouin, Paris, FR
  • ?T. Kortbeek, Bilthoven, NL
  • ?T. Mank, Haarlem, NL
  • C. Sarfati, Paris, FR
  • A. Sulahian, Paris, FR
  • T. van Gool, Amsterdam, NL
  • S. van Nieuwenhove, Bertum, BE
  • ?P. van Thiel, Amsterdam, NL
  • M. van Vugt, Amsterdam, NL


Course Technicians
  • P. E. Broekhuizen
  • H. Gilis?
  • C. van de Meer?
  • J. M. Nieuwendijk
  • G. L. van Boetzelaer
  • N. Verhaar
  • C. J .A. Wassenaar
  • E. Wentink
  • ?C. M. Wolbers