Algorithms in Diagnostic Molecular Parasitology

Algorithms in Diagnostic Molecular Parasitology

Live Event Details

Date: 9/25/2019 – 9/27/2019
Format: Live Event
Registration Closes: 7/8/2019


Certain aspects of parasitic agents present unique considerations for the use of DNA-based methods for diagnostic parasitology. Techniques and processes that are successfully used to identify bacteria and viruses may not apply to parasites. Also, the efficient use of molecular testing in diagnostic parasitology should be based on robust algorithms. This three-day, hands-on laboratory workshop will provide the tools necessary to make evidence-based decisions relative to implementing and performing molecular methods to diagnose parasitic diseases.


This beginner-level, hands-on workshop is intended for parasitologists, molecular biologists, or other professionals with some experience in performing PCR. Candidates for this class must currently perform molecular diagnostic techniques or be considering the implementation of diagnostic molecular parasitology in the future. Availability is limited to 16 spaces.


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.
  • Recognize the usefulness and limitations of different methods in diagnostic parasitology.
  • Identify specimen preservatives and DNA extraction techniques suitable for diagnostic parasitology.
  • Discuss the importance of proper validation and use of quality controls to ensure accurate test results.
  • Summarize new technologies, such as multiplex panels and advanced molecular detection methods, available for diagnostic parasitology.
  • Perform DNA extraction and real-time PCR techniques for the detection of parasitic disease agents, including Entamoeba spp, Babesia microti spp, Plasmodium spp, and free-living amoebas.
Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems, Training and Workforce Development 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 18.5 contact hours of P.A.C.E. ® credit.

P.A.C.E.® Course Number: 288-007-19

More Information

Algorithms in Diagnostic Molecular Parasitology pdf icon[PDF – 987 KB]

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Length of Course

3 days

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Credits Offered

18.5 Hours

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Delivery Method

Live Event

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