Emerging Viruses and zonosis (2020/2021)

Course code
4S007509
Name of lecturer
Donato Zipeto
Coordinator
Donato Zipeto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
2.5
Academic sector
BIO/11 - MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
A.A. 20/21 dottorato dal Oct 1, 2020 al Sep 30, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Emerging Viruses: definition, epidemiology, dynamics, zoonoses.
Description of the characteristics, biology, the infectious cycle, epidemiology, as well as the prospects for the development of drugs and/or vaccines against emerging viruses that raised public attention and concerns in recent years (Hantavirus, Arbovirus, West Nile, Chikungunya, Nipah, Hendra, Monkeypox, etc.).
Particular focus on the following pathogens: SARS coronavirus, MERS coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, influenza (including avian flu and swine flu), Ebola Virus / Marburg
At the end of the course, students will be able to understand how biological, epidemiological, molecular, and adaptive mechanisms can determine the appearance of new infectious agents.

Syllabus

Introduction
Definition
Epidemiology
Dinamics
Zoonoses
West Nile, Chikunguya, Nipah, Nedra, Monkeypox
Hantavirus, Ebola, Marburg, other Arboviruses
Spanish flu
Avian flu
Swine flu
SARS coronavirus
MERS coronavirus
SARS-CoV-2 e COVID-19

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
G. Maga Occhio ai virus (Edizione 1) Zanichelli 2016 978-88-08-17380-5
David Quammen Spillover. L'evoluzione delle pandemie Adelphi 2014 978-8-845-92929-8

Assessment methods and criteria

Suitability based on attendance (at least 4 lessons out of 5)
Dates and time: 16 - 18 - 23 - 25 - 30 March 2021, 15-17* hours.
Location: zoom link**
Recommended year(s): 1-6

*: dates and times will be definitively confirmed as soon as the timetables of the frontal lessons of the second semester of the teacher will be available.

**: the zoom link will be provided close to the first lesson to the enrolled students