Welcome to microfungi.net which is a microscopy training course in 4 key modules.
The course is designed to teach the identification of fungal infection by direct (wet) microscopy and by histology in a full range of tissue specimens. All that is required is a simple microscope. For histology you will learn how to make stains and correctly interpret them. The use of simple microscopy is a more rapid method than direct culture and often more effective. These skills will assist a rapid diagnosis of a fungal infection in a patient and improve the chances of early treatment.
An extensive range of e-learning units, teaching basic microscopy, wet mounts, staining techniques and stain preparation in Modules 1 and 2. Module 3 teaches how to make a histological section, how to preserve the fungal elements and tissue integrity by correct sample processing, through to identifying common and rare fungal features in a diverse range of tissue samples. Module 4 covers advanced skills in histology for identification of uncommon and rare fungal diseases.
All of the modules are illustrated with many images and are supplemented with quizzes, tests and slide presentations. Modules 2, 3 and 4 have pre- and post- assessments and final assessment tests. Successful completion of each module (apart from Module 1, which is an introductory module) will allow the student to download a certificate accredited by the University of Manchester. Access to the course will also provide the user with a continuous reference source.
Module 1 - Teaches basic microscopy, stain preparations and staining techniques
Module 2 - How to use basic microscopy methods on wet mounted samples from a wide diversity of human tissues
Module 3 - An introduction to Histology and identification of fungal elements in many human tissues
Module 4 - An advanced course to learn skills in microscopy and histology for the identification of uncommon and very rare fungal pathogens
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