Head of Discipline
Parasitology was founded as a discipline in 1946 by Prof. Dr. Gheorghe Lupaşcu, corresponding member of the Romanian Academy, who coordinated the activity of the discipline until 1952. He was followed by Prof. Dr. Mihai Elias (1952-1986), Prof. Dr. Ioan Iacobiciu (1986-2011), Prof. Dr. Tudor Rares Olariu (2011 and present).
Together with Prof. Dr. Tudor Rares Olariu are working Assoc. Prof. Rodica Lighezan, Assist.Prof. Livius Tirnea, Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu, Assist.Prof. Ana Paduraru and laboratory Chemist Camelia Balutescu.
At Discipline of Parasitology also activated Assoc. Prof. Cristina Petrescu, Assist. Prof. Margareta Pucă, Assist. Prof. Rodica Vasiliu, Assist. Prof. Raul Neghina, Assist. Prof. Crenguţa Calma and Assist. Prof. PhD. Student Ionuț Dragoș Căpraru.
The following auxiliary and laboratory staff also activated at the discipline: Ecaterina Marina, Roland Schlebusch, Iosefina Landgraf and Diana Ojoga.
Members of the discipline teach: (a) courses and practicals of General and Tropical Parasitology for students in Romanian, English and French sections (second year General Medicine); (b) courses and practicals of General Parasitology (first year – College of General Health Care for the sections in Timișoara, Lugoj and Deva; first year – Nutrition); (c) courses of Parasitology (year I Balneophysiokinetotherapy); (d) courses and practicals of Tropical Parasitology (second year – Master). Parasitology and Virology courses were also taught to second year students at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
During courses and practicals, the morphobiological, clinical, diagnostic, epidemiological and prophylactic aspects of the main parasitic diseases are presented. Particular attention is given to parasitic pathology in immunocompromised individuals as well as to new methods of immunodiagnosis in parasitic diseases.
The scientific activity is focused on the study of parasitic diseases widely spread in Eastern Europe: intestinal infections with protozoans and helminths, toxoplasmosis, hydatidosis and trichinellosis. Studies performed at the discipline have been published in international peer-review journals.
The SARS-CoV-2 infection (which started in December 2019 in Wuhan, China) spread rapidly worldwide. On March 11, 2020, it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID19 -March 2020). In this context, Discipline of Parasitology coordinated studies aimed to evaluate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection and the dynamic of the immune response to COVID-19 vaccination. The results of these studies have been published in prestigious international journals and presented by Prof. Univ. Tudor Rareș Olariu during the online conference organized by WHO and ECDC (“Joint ECDC and WHO / Europe online meeting on COVID-19 sero-epidemiological studies”), on February 17, 2022.
Representative scientific papers published in international peer review journals
- Olariu TR, Lighezan R, Ursoniu S, Craciun AC, Mihu AG, Lupu MA. High SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in blood donors from Romania after the third COVID-19 pandemic wave. Infect Dis (Lond). 2022 Feb 11:1-4. doi: 10.1080/23744235.2022.2036811. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35147060.
- Olariu TR, Lighezan R, Ursoniu S, Craciun AC, Paduraru AA, Lupu MA. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies In 2115 blood donors from Romania.Clin Microbiol Infect. 2021 Jan 6: S1198-743X(20) 30787-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2020.12.027
- Olariu TR, Craciun AC, Vlad DC, Dumitrascu V, Marincu I, Lupu MA. SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence in Western Romania, March to June 2021. Medicina (Kaunas). 2021 Dec 26;58(1):35. doi: 10.3390/medicina58010035. PMID: 35056343; PMCID: PMC8781951.
- Olariu TR, Ursoniu S, Marincu I, Lupu MA. Dynamics of Antibody Response to BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine: A 7-Month Follow-Up Study. Medicina (Kaunas). 2021 Dec 5;57(12):1330. doi: 10.3390/medicina57121330. PMID: 34946275; PMCID: PMC8708569.
- Mihu AG, Micle O, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Females Aged 15-45 Years from Bihor County, Western Romania. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2022 Feb 9. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2021.0052. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35138942.
- Grada S, Mihu AG, Petrescu C, Suciu O, Marincu I, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Patients with Psychiatric Disorders from Western Romania. Medicina. 2022; 58(2):208. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina58020208
- Pavel R, Ursoniu S, Paduraru AA, Lighezan R, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Seroprevalence and Risk Factors of Trichinella spiralis Infection in Blood Donors from Western Romania. Medicina (Kaunas). 2022 Jan 15;58(1):128. doi: 10.3390/medicina58010128. PMID: 35056436; PMCID: PMC8780118.
- Lupu MA, Pavel R, Lazureanu VE, Popovici ED, Olariu TR. Trichinellosis in hospitalized patients from Western Romania: A retrospective study. Exp Ther Med. 2021 Aug;22(2):895. doi: 10.3892/etm.2021.10327. Epub 2021 Jun 18. PMID: 34194571; PMCID: PMC8237275.
- Guegan H, Stäjner T, Bobic B, Press C, Olariu RT, Olson K, Srbljanovic J, Montoya JG, Djurković-Djaković O, Robert-Gangneux F. Maternal anti- ToxoplasmaTreatment during Pregnancy is Associated with Reduced Sensitivity of Diagnostic Tests for Congenital Infection in the Neonate. J Clin Microbiol. 2020 Nov 18: JCM.01368-20. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01368-20
- Olariu TR,Ursoniu S, Hotea I, Dumitrascu V, Anastasiu D, Lupu MA, Seroprevalence and risk factors ofToxoplasma gondii infection in pregnant women from Western Romania. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 20, 10, 763-767, 2020.
- Mihu AG, Balta C, Marti DT, Paduraru AA, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection among women of childbearing age in an endemic region of Romania, 2016-2018. Parasite. 2020;27:59. doi: 10.1051/parasite/2020057.
- Olariu TR, Blackburn BG, Press C, Talucod J, Remington JS, Montoya JG. Role of ToxoplasmaIgA as Part of a Reference Panel for the Diagnosis of Acute Toxoplasmosis during Pregnancy. J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Jan 30;57(2). pii: e01357-18.
- Căpraru ID, Lupu MA, Horhat F, Olariu TR. Toxoplasmosis Seroprevalence in Romanian Children.Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2019 Nov;19(11):867-869.
- Olariu TR, Press C, Talucod J, Olson K, Montoya JG. Congenital toxoplasmosis in the United States: clinical and serologic findings in infants born to mothers treated during pregnancy. 2019;26:13. doi: 10.1051/parasite/2019013
- Pomares C, Devillard S, Holmes TH, Olariu TR, Press CJ, Ramirez R, Talucod J, Estran R, Su C, Dubey JP, Ajzenberg D, Montoya JG. Genetic Characterization of Toxoplasma gondii DNA Samples Isolated From Humans Living in North America: An Unexpected High Prevalence of Atypical Genotypes.J Infect Dis. 2018 Oct 20;218(11):1783-1791.
- Olariu TR, Petrescu C, Darabus G, Lighezan R, Mazilu O. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in Western Romania.Infect Dis (Lond). 2015 Aug;47(8):580-3.
- Dubey JP, Hotea I, Olariu TR, Jones JL, Dărăbuş G. Epidemiological review of toxoplasmosis in humans and animals in Romania. 2014 Mar;141(3):311-25.
- Tirnea L, Minciu R, Olariu TR, Dumitrascu V, Neghina AM, Neghina R. A rare case of renal hydatidosis in a child with congenital solitary kidney.Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2014 Aug;7(8):671-2.
- Olariu TR, Remington JS, Montoya JG. Polymerase chain reaction in cerebrospinal fluid for the diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis.Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2014 Jun;33(6):566-70.
- Neghina R, Dumitrascu V, Neghina AM, Vlad DC, Petrica L, Vermesan D, Tirnea L, Mazilu O, Olariu TR. Epidemiology of ascariasis, enterobiasis and giardiasis in a Romanian western county (Timis), 1993-2006.Acta Trop. 2013 Jan;125(1):98-101.
- Neghina R, Nicola ED, Nita C, Musta V, Nicoara E, Olariu TR. Two cases of imported malaria in Western Romania, 2010-2011.Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2012 Apr;5(4):326-8.
- Olariu TR, Remington JS, McLeod R, Alam A, Montoya JG. Severe congenital toxoplasmosis in the United States: clinical and serologic findings in untreated infants.Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Dec;30(12):1056-61.
- Olariu TR, Nicola ED, Petrescu C, Koreck A. Helical microorganisms in blood smears.Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Sep;53(5):468; 497-8.
Center for Diagnosis and Study of Parasitic Diseases
In 2021, on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, the Center for Diagnosis and Study of Parasitic Diseases (the first parasitology center in Romania) was established.
The discipline has been involved in several international collaborations with the Institute of Medical Microbiology of the University of Essen, Germany (Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, 1996) and the Discipline of Parasitology of the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy of Marseille, France (Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, 2002-2005). Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu has initiated and strengthened international collaborations with Stanford and Santa Cruz Universities in California, as well as with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health in the United States of America (2005-present). As a result of these collaborations, studies emerged and results presented at international conferences and published in prestigious journals in the United States and Europe.
International Conference on Parasitic Zoonoses, Timisoara, Romania
Starting with 2014, the discipline organizes, in collaboration with the discipline of Parasitology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the International Conference of Parasitic Zooses, a scientific event, organized periodically, once every 2 years, in Timișoara. The conference brings together experts, scientists, professors and students, and the program of the event is captivating and educational, generating discussions and inter-thematic debates related to the latest discoveries and best clinical practices in the field of parasitology. During the 3 editions held so far, world-famous personalities in the field of parasitology were present as speakers: Christelle Pomares – University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Nice; Hervé Pelloux – University of Grenoble Alpes (UGA); Olgica Djurkovic Djakovic – Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade.
Further information can be found on the Conference website:
Multidisciplinary scientific seminars
At the scientific seminars, organized at the headquarters of the Discipline of Parasitology in Eftimie Murgu Square no. 1, floor I, recent studies published in ISI journals are presented. At each seminar, in addition to the informative nature of these meetings, we would like to accomplish discussions, debates on the topic.
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Year of study
DEAC ARIANA ANDRA
Volunteer students are involved in the research activity carried out at the discipline.
Under the coordination of Prof.Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu and Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu students participated with oral presentations at the International Congress for Students, Young Doctors and Pharmacists “Marisiensis”, Târgu-Mureș (2019, 2020) and the ASKLEPIOS International Congress for students and young doctors, organized by the Society of Hippocratic Medical Students Sibiu (2019).
Oana Cioloca won the second prize as author of the paper “Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in Romanian patients with schizophrenia and acute and transient psychotic disorder”, presented at the International Congress for Students, Young Doctors and Pharmacists “Marisiensis”, Târgu -Mureș, 2019.
Scientific papers published by volunteer students:
- Cioloca O, Paduraru AA, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Seroprevalence and risk factors of Toxoplasma gondii infection in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 in Western Romania. ActaMarisiensis – SeriaMedica, Volume: 66, 3: 2-2, 2020.
- Codreanu CA, Paduraru AA, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Trichinellosis, an ongoing public health threat in Western Romania.ActaMarisiensis – SeriaMedica, Volume: 66, 3:3-3, 2020.
- Măciuceanu CG, Lupu MA, Rițiu SA, Olariu TR. Hepatic cystic echinococcosis in adult patients in Western Romania. Acta Marisiensis – SeriaMedica, Volume: 66, 3:5-5, 2020.
- Cioloca O, Lupu MA, Olariu TR. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii antibodies in Romanian patients with schizophrenia and acute and transient psychotic disorder. Acta Medica Marisiensis, Volume: 65, Supplement:5-5,2019
- Rițiu SA, Lupu MA, Măciuceanu CG, Olariu TR. Hepatic Cystic Echinococcosis in adult patients from Western Romania: a 10-year retrospective study. Volume of abstracts of ASKLEPIOS International Congress for students and young doctors, organized by the Society of Hippocrates Medical Students Sibiu, April 18-21, 2019
At the 18th International Congress of Infectious Diseases 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina, the paper “Cystic echinococcosis in adult hospitalized patients: A 10-year retrospective study in Western Romania” was presented as a poster and published in the volume of abstracts of the congress.
- Lupu MA, Dragomir A, Paduraru AA, Ritiu SA, Lazar F, Olariu S, Valceanu D, Botoca MR, Burlacu ON, Cretu OM, Olariu TR. Cystic echinococcosis in adult hospitalized patients: A 10-year retrospective study in Western Romania. International Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2018; 73:299–300. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2018.04.4097
Activities organized for students: workshops “Tropical Parasites in Europe: A Wake-Up Call”, “Tropical Parasites: From theory to reality”, “Hands on tropical parasites”, Workshop for Students from Giessen University, Germany and Leiden University, The Netherlands, “Meet the parasites”); multidisciplinary scientific seminars; the evening of student’s medical clinical cases.
Discipline of Parasitology organized on Friday, March 8, 2019, the workshop “Tropical Parasites in Europe: A Wake-Up Call” at the International Conference “Timisoara Medical Education Days”, TIMMED 2019. The lecturers were Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rodica Lighezan, Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu.
Students Oana Cioloca and Stelian Adrian Rițiu, volunteers at the discipline of Parasitology, participated with posters at the International Conference.
The discipline of Parasitology organized on Saturday, March 16, 2019, the workshop “Tropical Parasites: From theory to reality” within the International Conference of Medical Students, XXII edition, MEDIS, Timișoara 2019. The lecturers were Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rodica Lighezan, Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu.
The discipline of Parasitology organized on Saturday, March 17, 2018, the workshop “Hands on tropical parasites” within the XXI edition of the Congress for students and young doctors “MEDIS, Timișoara, 2018”. The lecturers were Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rodica Lighezan, Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu, Assist.Prof. Livius Țîrnea, Assist.Prof. Ionuț Dragoș Căpraru. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu.
The discipline of Parasitology organized on Friday, April 21, 2017, a practical parasitology workshop for students from the Faculties of Medicine in Giessen, Germany and Leiden, the Netherlands, who visited UMF Victor Babeș in Timișoara. The lecturers were Prof.Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, Assoc.Prof. Rodica Lighezan and Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu.
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The discipline of Parasitology organized on Saturday, March 18, 2017, the workshop “Meet the Parasites” within the International Conference of Medical Students. The lecturers were Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu, Assoc.Prof. Dr. Rodica Lighezan, Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu, Assist.Prof. Livius Țîrnea, Assist.Prof.Ph.D. Student Ionuț Dragoș Căpraru. The workshop was coordinated by Prof. Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu.
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The discipline of Parasitology was the host of the event “Evening of Student Medical Clinical Cases” on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, held under the coordination of Prof.Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu.
Senior Assistant Professor Bogdan Hogea, Orthopedics-Traumatology Clinic 2 and Assist.Prof. Ana Alexandra Păduraru, Discipline of Parasitology, were the lecturers of the presentation “OSTEO-ARTICULAR ECHINOCOCOSIS, ATYPICAL LOCATION OF A COMMON PARASITIC ZOONOSIS”.
Student Tatiana Morgovan, under the coordination of Prof.Dr. Tudor Rareș Olariu and Assist.Prof. Maria Alina Lupu, was the lecturer of the presentation “MANAGEMENT OF TOXOPLASMA GONDI INFECTION IN PREGNANCY”.