Clinical and molecular aspects of Legionella infection
Catalonia (AECS) - Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) - Hospital Can Ruti, Barcelona
Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases Unit, Hospital de Can Ruti
Miguel Sabria
Maria Luisa Pedro-Botet
English, Portuguese, Italian, French
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Prospective study of community-acquired pneumonia caused by Legionella. Analysis of epidemiological and clinical data. Molecular study of Legionella isolates from environmental sources (subtyping by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis).
The student will improve the epidemiological, clinical and molecular knowledge about Legionnaires diseases.

The student/s will be immersed under strict staff supervision on: .Collecting data from patients or clinical files (data regarding epidemiological and clinical aspects)
.Introducing the data in a computer-based program
.Collecting water from environmental sources (cooling towers and potable water) related to the clinical cases.
.Processing the water microbiologically and molecular.
.Comparing Legionella DNA patterns in the Diversity Fingerprinting Software
Participating in this project students will be able to know the steps necessary for investigating a case/cluster/ outbreak of legionellosis.
Theoretical teaching will be provided.
The student will acquire: Clinical and lab experience in Environmental Health (specially related to Legionnaires disease).
What is the aim of the project?
To improve the epidemiological, clinical and molecular knowledge about Legionnaires diseases.
What techniques and methods are used?
Clinical, Microbiological and molecular methods (under strictly staff supervision)
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will collaborate with the research staff.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Clinical Surveillance: Some clinical experience
LAB research: Some lab experience (not absolutely necessary).
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)