Scope of activities of the Department of Parasitology
Since its foundation, the Dept. of Parasitology has been studying the clinical and epidemiological aspects of those human parasitoses which are either endemic or can be imported into Hungary.
It performs extensive laboratory diagnostic activity in parasitology.
National Reference Laboratory
, the Dept. of Parasitology performs confirming/verifying laboratory examinations in collaboration with the medical microbiological and parasitological laboratories of the country.
It performs laboratory diagnostic and confirming examinations of the imported parasitoses as regulated by a decree (e.g. malaria).
It participates in the organization and performance of national and international investigations on some diagnostic and epidemiologic topics of parasitology.
It cultures some strains of parasites by in vitro (Trichomonas, Entamoeba, Acanthamoeba, Naegleria, Blastocystis) and in vivo (Toxoplasma, Trichinella) passages, respectively.
It introduces and develops internationally accepted methods in parasitological investigations, with special respects to the serologic and molecular biologic methods for Toxoplasma, Giardia, Entamoeba, "free-living" amoebas, Trichomonas, malaria, Toxocara, Echinococcus, etc.
Based on current professional standpoint, it elaborates laboratory diagnostic protocols for several areas of parasitology.
It inspects the commercially available parasitological diagnostics in Hungary.
It performs consultations with the clinicians on the epidemiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic problems of parasitological diseases.
It performs expert activity in its professional fields.
It performs systematic educational and training activity (lectures, and practices) for the university or PhD students, for postgraduate specialists, candidates on the diagnostic and epidemiologic problems of parasitology.
It regularly presents the notable results of its investigations at various scientific forums and publishes papers in internationally acknowledged journals and in Hungarian periodicals.
It develops and maintains numerous national and international scientific contacts.
Department of Parasitology