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Final module of free online fungal microscopy course launched today

March 02 2018

Microfungi.net is a free online course in fungal microscopy organised in partnership between the Fungal Infection Trust and the University of Manchester. All that is required is a basic microscope.

Each module contains a wealth of practical information supplemented with sample images and quizzes. The course is accredited by the University of Manchester and the Moodle-based system generates a printable certificate for each module.

This course is particularly useful for medical professionals practising in developing countries, where the need for rapid diagnostic skills is greatest. The first 3 modules are also available in French, Spanish and Portuguese, and the course can be completed in the students’ own time, with no enforced deadlines for course elements.

Modules 1 and 2 cover basic microscope operation and maintenance, wet mounts, reagent preparation and staining techniques. Module 3 covers histological slide preparation. The latest module focuses on rare fungi, including neglected tropical fungal diseases, with topics including:

  • Fungal taxonomy and classification
  • Identifying and reporting features
  • Superficial infections
  • Cutaneous and subcutaneous infections
  • Mucosal infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Deep tissue infections
  • Empirical management

The Microscopy.net course will enable clinicians around the world to rapidly diagnose most fungal infections in minutes, saving lives” - Professor David Denning

Click here to take the course.