Nihal Dogan

Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey

Prof. Dr. Nihal Dogan has worked in the Department of Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Osmangazi University, since 1986. Her master’s and Ph.D. thesis focused on the diagnosis and seroepidemiology of Toxoplasmosis. She was a visiting researcher on the diagnosis of Entamoeba histolytica at the University of Virginia in 2003 and an observer researcher at the Universidad De Chile Faculty of Medicine in 2016, working on Trypanosomes. She was appointed a professor in 2008 and is the leading academic in the field of parasitology, with expertise in the epidemiology of parasitic diseases. Her research interests include medical ethics, seroepidemiological survey, intestinal, blood, tissue, and ocular parasites, vector-borne diseases, and zoonotic parasites. Her research has been published in more than 40 national and international journals. She also made 85 poster presentations, plus many oral presentations and keynote speeches at international and national congresses. She has written numerous book chapters on infectious diseases, clinical parasitology, clinical microbiology, and medical microbiology laboratory applications and manuals.

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The first roundworm identified in humans was Ascaris, described by Linnaeus in 1758. Rudolphi’s 1808 classification was the first to describe the Nematoidea. With the development of new molecular techniques, classification and phylogenetic research have also frequently changed; in 2019 a new classification, the phylum Nematoda, was created based on evolutionary relationships, developmental and morphological features and recent molecular evidence. Nematodes, which include hookworms, whipworms, threadworms, and soil-borne worms, are one of the oldest disease-causing creatures, dating back to Ancient Greek, Roman and Mesopotamian civilizations. Most commonly affecting children and women, the disease causes developmental disorders, cognitive impairment and death, with symptoms primarily affecting the organs they inhabit. In this book, the historical background, biology, transmission routes and geographical distribution of some roundworms affecting human health are discussed.

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