Summer Update

Course Directors

Harry R. Hill, MD
Larry G. Reimer, MD
Judy A. Daly, PhD

Sponsored by:

The University of Utah School of Medicine
The Department of Pathology Division of Clinical Pathology

with the promotional support of:
ARUP Laboratories
Laboratories of Immunology & Infectious Diseases


This 24.25 hour review and update in the areas of clinical immunology, microbiology, and infectious diseases is intended to improve knowledge about the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of infectious diseases, immunological mechanisms of disease and disease prevention, appropriate approaches to the diagnosis of infections and immunologic disorders, and utilization of the clinical microbiology and immunology laboratory including test selection and interpretation of results.

This course will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas dealing with microbial infections as well as immunity to infectious diseases and immunologic disorders. Faculty consists of clinicians involved in patient care, pathologists, and clinical laboratory scientists.  Discussion of timely topics by faculty and participants assures that this course will be informative, interesting, and relevant.

On completion of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify new emerging pathogens, infectious syndromes, and immunologic diseases including clinical presentations
  • Critically analyze current practice and laboratory procedures in diagnosing infectious and immunologic disorders as well as result reporting
  • Update the current knowledge of the epidemiology and mechanisms of transmission of infectious disorders and the use of serologic testing in such studies
  • Assess new therapeutic modalities, which are being developed or utilized in treating infectious and immunologic diseases
  • Discuss genetics and molecular diagnosis of infections and immunologic disorders

Who Should Attend

Pathologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory scientists, pediatric, medicine and family medicine clinicians, infectious disease specialists, clinical immunologists and allergists, microbiologists, residents and postdoctoral fellows. Medical technologists, laboratory managers, nurse practitioners, hospital epidemiologists, research and development technologists, and pharmaceutical and diagnostic industry personnel will also find the course of great value (suggested background: professional degrees or medical technologist degrees in pathology, microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases.

Special Topics

  • Nature’s Own Experiments
  • Staph versus the Neut
  • Neglected Tropical Infectious Diseases in Latin America:  Social Inequities of our Times
  • Challenges in the Global Elimination of Measles:  Still Measles after all these Years.
  • Idiopathic T Cell Deficiency
  • An ID Clinician’s Experience with CVID
  • Autoimmune Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Complications of Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Mass Spec in Clinical Microbiology
  • Acid Fast Bacterial Laboratory
  • Molecular Diagnosis of GI Pathogens
  • New and Evolving Issues in Infectious Disease Serology
  • Update:  Lab Diagnosis of Sepsis and Meningitis
  • Group A Streptococci
  • Update in Fungal Diagnostics
  • Viral Load Monitoring in Transplantation
  • Bear Bites and Other Teton Hazards
  • Innate Immune Abnormalities
  • What to do about Lower Immunoglobulins
  • Respiratory Viruses
  • The Humane Microbiome in Health and Disease
  • Next Generation Sequencing-Based Gene Tests for Immunodeficiencies
  • Update on Novel Genetic Immunodeficiencies
  • Head and Neck Infections
  • Case Studies
  • Clinical Update on Hepatitis C Infections
  • Affordable Care Act:  Unconstitutional?
  • Patient Ignorance versus Science in Disease
  • Alzheimer Disease and Potential New Markers for Early Detection
  • Toll Receptor 3 Analysis and HSV Meningitis