SEP 12, 2019 9:00 AM PDT

Meningitis & Encephalitis: Overview, Epidemiology, and Diagnostics

Sponsored by: DiaSorin
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Director, Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, UNC School of Medicine
    Biography
      Dr. Alby is currently the Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Director, Bacteriology and Susceptibility Testing, and the Associate Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He received his Phd at Brown University in Pathobiology, and his BS from Marquette University in Clinical Laboratory Science. He has certifcations with the American Board of Medical Microbiology, as well as the American Society for Clinical Pathology. He has received Awards aand Honors as follows; Forty under Forty, American Society for Clinical Pathology, ASM Raymond W. Sarber Award Recipient, John G. Peterson Pre-doctoral Fellow, Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, Joukowsky Family Outstanding Dissertation Award, and the Eukaryotic Cell Outstanding Young Investigator Award. Dr. Alby has also written many hundreds of publications and reviews.

    Abstract

    Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain itself. Anyone can get meningitis or encephalitis and causes include viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites. There are a number of diagnostic challenges for identification of patients with meningitis/encephalitis and there have been changes in the epidemiology in recent years. This presentation will review the different symptoms and etiological agents that cause meningitis and encephalitis as well as provide an overview of the current tools available for diagnosis.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the difference between meningitis and encephalitis and the challenges with diagnosis.

    2. Describe the most common causes of meningitis and encephalitis.

    3. Describe the diagnostic tools used to diagnose meningitis and encephalitis.

     


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