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Unit information: Medical Virology in 2015/16

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Unit name Medical Virology
Unit code PANM33009
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Matthews
Open unit status Not open

PANM22041 Infection and Immunity

PANM22042 Cellular & Molecular Pathology

MOLG22100 Recombinant DNA Technology

MOLG22200 Gene Expression and Rearrangement

FMVS20001 Biomedical Research, Employability and Enterprise Skills


PANM33010 Fronteirs of Virology

PANM33002 Immunopathology and Applied Immunology

Plus 1 from level 6/H lecture units and Research Skills unit.

School/department School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will comprehensively review the main viral diseases of man in terms of their natural history, biology, molecular biology, immunology, pathogenesis and epidemiology. The viruses in question will include HIV, hepatitis B and C viruses, herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, influenza viruses, measles viruses, rotaviruses and others. The unit will conclude with a review of the important and increasingly sophisticated area of diagnostic virology. It is difficult to over-estimate the global impact on public health of viruses. They are responsible for millions of deaths and countless episodes of ill health arising from chronic or acute infections each year worldwide. There are effective vaccines to combat some viral infections but in most cases good vaccines remain elusive. Indeed, for some viruses, it is not at all clear if vaccines can be developed in the foreseeable future given our present level of understanding. Lectures will be in weeks 1-4.


To review the general virology of the most important viral pathogens in terms of world health including HIV, hepatitis viruses, herpesviruses and others.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of the main viral diseases of man. Knowledge of the scientific literature pertaining to viruses with an impact on human health and an ability to evaluate this literature critically.

Teaching Information

Lectures, Data Handling Session.

Independent study: Students are expected to study the recommended literature.

Assessment Information

Summative 3 hour written exam, to include 3 essays chose from 6.

Reading and References

Reviews and primary articles from the current scientific literature.