My recent projects

Position Statements & Opinions
  • Action Plan on : Food Insecurity in Greece, in the post-COVID-19 era: the role of climate change. Harokopio University of Athens, Agricultural University of Athens, under the support of Protovoulia '21. 
  • The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish (2021) the Final Opinion on the safety of breast implants in relation to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).
  • The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish (2021) the preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes.
  • The European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) publishes a position paper on : Electronic cigarettes and health with special focus on cardiovascular effects (2020).

Research Projects
  • GCRC: Global Cardiovascular Risk Consortium investigators. 2022-2025. The Global Cardiovascular Risk Consortium harmonized individual-level data from 112 cohort studies conducted in 34 countries and 8 geographic regions. Associations between body-mass index, systolic blood pressure, non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes with incident CVD and all-cause mortality were examined using Cox regression analyses and stratified by geographic region, age and sex. Population-attributable fractions were estimated for 10-year incident CVD and all-cause mortality.
  • NUTRISHIELDFact-based personalised nutrition for the young. 2018-2023. NUTRISHIELD is an EU funded H2020 project. The core concept of NUTRISHIELD project is to protect the health of EU citizens, by promoting a fact-based personalised nutrition. Specifically, NUTRISHIELD focuses on providing a holistic approach towards the personalisation of nutrition for the younger population, ranging from new-born infants all the way to young adults. Public health campaigns, most of them with a one-size-fits-all approach, have hardly been effective in mitigating the nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases and its consequences. Recent academic studies in the field of human nutrition show that differences between individuals determine how their health is affected by their diet. This implies that different individuals could respond differently to the same their diets. Therefore, in order for this to succeed, there needs to be a personalization of diet, based on scientific facts.
  • ATHLOS: AGEING TRAJECTORIES OF HEALTH: LONGITUDINAL OPPORTUNITIES AND SYNERGIES. 2015-2020. The EU-funded ATHLOS Project aims to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing trajectories, the determinants of those patterns, the critical points in time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely clinical and public health interventions to optimise healthy ageing. Moreover, a new definition of 'old age' based on many characteristics rather than just the classical chronological definition of age will be used for calculating projections in each specific population and guide policy recommendations. The new definition will be used for calculating projections in each specific population and to guide policy recommendations.
  • The Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors for Chronic Diseases Collaboration. 2012-2024. Pooled data from 97 prospective cohort studies that collectively enrolled 1·8 million participants between 1948 and 2005, and that included 57,161 coronary heart disease and 31,093 stroke events. For each cohort we excluded participants who were younger than 18 years, had a BMI of lower than 20 kg/m2, or who had a history of coronary heart disease or stroke.
  • GREECS (Greek Acute Coronary Syndrome Study) (2004-2024). The baseline examination was performed between October 1, 2003 and September 30, 2004, during which there were enrolled almost all consecutive cardiac patients , i.e., 2,172, (participation rate = 98%) that entered in the Cardiology Clinics or the emergency units of 6 major General Hospitals, in Greece (Hippokration hospital in Athens, and the general hospitals in Lamia, Karditsa, Halkida, Kalamata and Zakynthos island). By the exception of Athens - where there are several other hospitals -, all the other hospitals cover the whole population of the aforementioned regions, including urban and rural areas. 

  • ATTICA epidemiological cohort study (2002-2022). The baseline examination of the ATTICA study has been carried out in the greater metropolitan Athens area (including 78% urban and 22% rural regions) during 2001-2002. In total 3,042 apparently healthy individuals, 18+, were enrolled. Main goals of the study were: (a) to record the distribution of several bio-clinical CVD risk factors, in a sample of Greek adult men and women, (b) to explore the associations between these factors with several socio-economic, lifestyle and psychological characteristics, and (c) to evaluate the prognostic significance of these factors on the incidence of CVD through periodic follow up examinations.
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