70818 - Antiviral and Antiretroviral therapy

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course of Anti-Infective Therapy will supply the students with the basic principles about general and specific knowledge of anti-infective agents.

In detail, the students will learn the basic principles regarding chemical properties, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodinamics of anti-infective drugs, with particular reference to the clinical indications for use of anti-infective agents in the treatment of infectious disease.

Course contents

The Elective Course will be made in the month of June 2018 in the Clinics of Infectious Diseases, S.Orsola-Malpighi Hospital (Pavillon n.6, 3rd floor).

The registrations will be accepted by e-mail at the following address: leonardo.calza@unibo.it

Anti-bacterial therapy

1-       General properties of anti-bacterial agents (classification, mechanism, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodinamics)

2-  The main classes of anti-bacterial agents     

3-       Empiric and aetiologic therapy: the antimicrobial susceptibility testing

4-  The anti-microbial resistance     


Anti-fungal therapy

5-      The general properties of anti-fungal agents

6-      The main classes of anti-fungal agents

7-  The anti-fungal resistance     


Anti-viral and anti-retroviral therapy

8-      The properties of anti-viral and anti-retroviral agents (classification, mechanism, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodinamics)

9-      The classes of antiretroviral drugs

10- Indications to antiretroviral therapy

11- Toxicity of antiretroviral drugs

12- Other antiviral agents



  1. Calza L. Principi di Malattie Infettive (IV Edizione). Società Editrice Esculapio, Bologna, 2017.
  2. Cohen J, Powderly WG. Infectious Diseases. Mosby, Philadelphia.
  3. Moroni M, Esposito R, De Lalla F. Manuale di Malattie Infettive. Masson, Milano.
  4. Harrison. Principi di Medicina Interna. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Teaching methods

All course topics will be presented by frontal lessons and studied in depth by open debates.

Assessment methods

The assessment examination will be performed by a written test including multiple-choice questions regarding all the presented topics.

Teaching tools

PowerPoint slides presented by a video-projector. 

Students will find all presented slides in the “Guida web” section. 

Office hours

See the website of Leonardo Calza