Algorithms in Diagnostic Molecular Parasitology (September 23-26, 2013)
 Course ID: 1043244
 Format: On-Site - Classroom course or workshop (Live Event)
 Clinical / Non-Clinical: Non Clinical
 Course Number:
 Cost (US$): 0.00
 Credit Type(s): 18 PACE
 Certificate: Generic CDC PACE Certificate
Course Description: Course Title:  Algorithms in Diagnostic Molecular Parasitology

Course Duration:  3.5 Days

Course Location
: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Roybal Campus, Atlanta, GA.

Course Description:  Certain aspects of parasitic agents present unique considerations for the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for diagnostic parasitology. Techniques and processes that are successfully used to identify bacteria and viruses may not be applicable to parasites. In addition, the efficient use of molecular testing in diagnostic parasitology should be based on robust algorithms. This three and one-half day, hands-on laboratory workshop will provide the tools necessary to make science-based decisions relative to implementing and performing molecular methods to diagnose parasitic diseases.

Course Objectives:  At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
  • Select algorithms for using molecular techniques in the parasitology laboratory for investigating and diagnosing parasitic diseases.
  • Perform real-time PCR techniques for the detection of parasitic disease agents, for example Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Entamoeba spp., Leishmania spp., Plasmodium spp., and free-living amoeba.
  • Recognize the usefulness and limitations of different molecular techniques in diagnostic parasitology.
  • Summarize a typical implementation process of a molecular method in a diagnostic laboratory.  
  • Identify important quality control measures and how to use these measures when troubleshooting unexpected PCR results.

Continuing Education: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Training Branch is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E Program.  This course is approved for 18 contact hours.

This course has been approved for 22 contact hours in the category of Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology for Florida Laboratory Licensees.

Faculty:  Parasitic Diseases Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Center for Global Health, CDC, Atlanta, GA

  • Theresa Benedict, BS, Research Biologist
  • Henry Bishop, BS, Microbiologist
  • Alexandre da Silva, PhD, Research Microbiologist
  • Marcos E. de Almeida, PhD, Associate Service Fellow
  • Blaine Mathison, BS, Microbiologist
  • Yvonne Qvarnstrom, PhD, Senior Service Fellow
  • Maniphet Xayavong, MS, Microbiologist

Course Application

  • The preliminary application is to be completed online at
  • If you are unable to complete the application online, notify Karen Angel at 404-498-6059 or email
  • Only completed applications received by the deadline will be considered.
  • Participants will be selected according to applicant’s job description, experience, and responsibilities.
  • Notification of acceptance status will be sent via email by June 12, 2013.

Original Posting Date:  04/09/2013



Subject Area(s):
Laboratory Professionals
Background/Role(s): None
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Course Level: Intermediate
Registration Required Outside of TRAIN: no
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Sponsor: CDC - Laboratory Training Branch
Accreditations: none
Special Notes:
Course Contacts
Name: Karen Angel
Phone: 404-498-6059
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User Reviews
(9 reviews)
4.3 out of 5 stars
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Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
October 17, 2013
Well organized course offering classroom discussion and hands-on experience for a large number of molecular assays in a short timeframe. Provided basic instruction for less experienced students and also provided the opportunity to address advanced technical questions.
Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
October 15, 2013
Lots of great material and well organized.
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October 10, 2013
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October 10, 2013
Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
October 10, 2013
Well organised and very well conducted
Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
October 10, 2013
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September 30, 2013
very useful and very helpful people
Overall Impression Recommends this course: YES  
September 26, 2013
Overall Impression Recommends this course: NO  
June 17, 2013
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