Curse code:9494217

Perpétua da Conceição Rodrigues Gomes Cavaco Silva

Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:

Lectures: Provide students with knowledge in the area of Clinical Virology, indispensable to work as a health professional (Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Clinical Analysis and Pharmaceutical Industry). New areas of knowledge focusing on the use of viruses in different scientific areas will also be discussed.

Lab practice classes: Enable learning methodologies used in the diagnosis and laboratory monitoring of major viral infections. Be able to analyse, validate and interpret results.

The student must be capable of:

  • Organizing and planning.
  • Have the capacity to deal with information (collection, selection and interpretation).
  • Have the ability to work and learn through teamwork.
  • Have the ability to review and recognise ethical and social implications and responsibilities.
  • Have the ability to adapt to new situations.
  • Be aware of the Quality issue and be able to relate expertise and possess research skills.


  1. History of Virology. Introduction to Virology.
  2. Pathogenesis of viral infection. Viruses and the community. Laboratory diagnosis. Prevention and treatment.
  3. Study of the main families that comprise pathogenic viruses to man.
  4. Major syndromes associated with viral infections.
Lab practice classes:
Introduction. Safety in the laboratory.
Laboratory diagnosis. Sample collection and transport. Direct and indirect diagnosis.
Rubella virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes virus simplex type 1 and type 2.
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D, and Hepatitis E.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 and Type 2.
Suggested Bibliography:
  • Barroso H, Meliço-Silvestre A, Taveira N (2014) Microbiologia Médica. Vol 2, Ed. Lidel. ISBN: 978-972-757-576-3.
  • Dimmock N, Easton A, Leppard K (2007) Introduction to Modern Virology. 6th ed., Blackwell Pub. ISBN-13: 978-1405136457.
  • Carter J & Saunders V (2007) Virology: Principles and Applications. Wiley. ISBN-13: 978-0470023877.
  • Cann A (2005) Principles of molecular virology. 4th ed., Academic Press, San Diego. ISBN-13: 978-0120887897.
  • Storch GA (2000) Essentials of Diagnostic Virology. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN-13: 978-0443076329.


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