Dickson Despommier’s Parasitic Diseases lectures

dickson despommierProfessor Dickson Despommier, co-host of TWiV and TWiP, and well known for his ideas about vertical farming, taught parasitology to medical, dental, and nursing students at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons for 38 years. Below are videocasts of the six lectures from the final version of his course, Parasitic Diseases, which he taught in the fall of 2009. These are excellent companions to the first 27 episodes of TWiP, which explore the basics of eukaryotic parasites including protozoa, nematodes, cestodes, and trematodes.

Parasitic Diseases Fall 2009 – videocasts
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Lecture 1: Nematodes I – Enterobius, Trichuris, Ascaris, Toxocara (19 MB .mov)
Lecture 2: Nematodes II – Hookworm, Strongyloides (18 MB .mov)
Lecture 3: Cestodes – Taenia, Echinococcus (Joshua Stillman, MD) (19 MB .mov)
Lecture 4: Trematodes – Schistosoma (17 MB .mov)
Lecture 5: The Malarias (19 MB .mov)
Lecture 6: Protozoa – Giardia, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora (16 MB .mov)

TWiP 25: Wuchereria bancrofti

wuchereria microfilariaHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode #25 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson review Wuchereria bancrofti, the nematode that causes lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis.

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TWiP 24: Onchocerca volvulus, a vector-borne, filarial nematode

onchocerca microfilariaHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode #24 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson discuss the life cycle and pathogenesis of Onchocerca volvulus, the vector-borne filarial nematode parasite that causes onchocerciasis, or river blindness.

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TWiV 123: Contaminated prostates, absolute truth, and bleached worms

42Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, and Rich Condit

On episode #123 of the podcast This Week in Virology, Vincent, Alan, and Rich talk about XMRV integration sites in prostate tumor DNA, the decline effect and scientific method, and the first virus of Caenorhabditis nematodes.

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TWiP 23: Strongyloides stercoralis, a most unusual parasite

strongyloides stercoralis freelivingHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode 23 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the world’s most unusual parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis.

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TWiP 21: The giant intestinal worm, Ascaris lumbricoides

ascaris adultsHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode 21 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson review the biology and pathogenesis of Ascaris lumbricoides, one of the largest nematodes to infect humans.

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TWiP 20: The whipworm Trichuris trichiura

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode 20 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson continue their discussion of nematodes with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura.

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