Welcome to the website of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. On this website we invite you to learn about Medical Education provided by the Department, the Department’s contribution in the field of Public Health and the research activities of the Special Research and Diagnostic Units.

The Department offers programs for undergraduate students of the Medical School and of the School of Dentistry, the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Additionally, there are programs offered for postgraduate students, prospective health officers, who receive special training in order to understand methodological research issues in order to consider the broader needs of the population following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and evidence-based scientific data. Similar specialized courses are offered to staff and to lead research groups and public health bodies.

The Department

The Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics was founded in 1933. At present it forms part of the Sector of Social Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School. The Department is active in education, research and specific diagnosis in the areas of Epidemiology, Research Methodology, Preventive Medicine, Public Health, Medical Statistics and Occupational Medicine, as well as in more specialized areas developed within the Special Research and Diagnostic Units.

News

Event in memoriam of Christina Bamia

Posted on: 03/12/2019

One year after the passing of Assoc. Prof. Christina Bamia, the MSc Program on Biostatistics organizes an in memoriam event on December 16, 2019, 16:00-18:00, at the Amphitheater of Physiology in the premises of the School of Medicine. Attached you may find the invitation by the Director of the MSc program, Prof. Klea Katsouyanni with details on the program of the event.

Invitation

Presentation of the European Dietary Reference Values for sodium intake at the 13th European Nutrition Conference (Dublin, October 2019)

Posted on: 03/12/2019

In the context of the 13th European Nutrition Conference organized by the British Nutrition Society and the Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS), Dr. Androniki Naska, Assoc. Professor in the Dept of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, presented the Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) for sodium intake for the European population. In her capacity as Vice-Chair of the Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Chair of the Working Group on setting DRVs for minerals and Rapporteur of the scientific opinion on DRVs for sodium, Dr. Naska coordinated the systematic literature review and the ad hoc meta-analyses that lead to setting 2g per day as the safe and adequate level for sodium intake for the European population.

The Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for Sodium (doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2019.5778) is available at:

[https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5778]

and related interviews at EFSA’s website:

[https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/updating-drvs-job-done-after-10-years-and-34-nutrients]

Media coverage of the FENS 2019 Conference presentation can be found at:

[https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2019/11/12/EFSA-toils-to-establish-safe-and-adequate-sodium-levels]

Event for the promotion of breastfeeding

Posted on: 18/11/2019

On Saturday, November 2nd 2019, on the occasion of the World Breastfeeding Week, an event for the promotion of breastfeeding was organised in Athens by the Municipality of Attica with the scientific coordination of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (DHEMS). The theme was “Breastfeeding: a warm embrace, a healthy way of life”. During the event, the public was informed about the multiple benefits of breastfeeding. Pregnant women and new mothers discussed their concerns and took advice from experienced pediatricians and midwives. Leaflets and other material were distributed. On behalf of DHEMS, Associate Professor Vicky Benetou, MD, pediatrician, was scientifically responsible for the event, with the support of two MSc students of the Department, Dr. Katerina Niforou, MD and Ms. Kristallia Niforou, nutritionist-dietitian.

The event was further supported by the Hellenic Forum of Public Health and Social Medicine and the NGO “Friends of Breastfeeding”.

Greek ELIDEK Scholarship awarded to doctoral candidate at the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

Ανάρτηση: 08/11/2019

In the context of the “2nd Round of the Greek ELIDEK Scholarships for Doctoral Candidates”, Dr. Charalampos Siotos, MD, a doctoral student at the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (DHEMS), was awarded a scholarship for his dissertation on “Predictors and prognostic factors of surgical management/reconstruction in patients with breast cancer.” The aim of the thesis is the identification of factors that influence choices of surgical/reconstruction treatment among breast cancer patients, as well as study of the effect of treatment choices on the survival of these patients. The thesis is conducted at DHEMS in collaboration with the Department of Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. It is supervised by Prof. P. Lagiou and Assoc. Professors A Naska (DHEMS) and G.D. Rosson (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine).

Seminar by Dr. Nicola Orsini, Assoc. Prof. of Medical Statistics at Karolinska Institutet: «Connecting the observed data is not a dose-response meta-analysis»

Posted on: 30/10/2019

On October 29, 2019, Dr. Nicola Orsini, Assoc. Professor of Medical Statistics at the Dept. of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, visited the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (DHEMS) and gave a seminar entitled: “Connecting the observed data is not a dose-response meta-analysis”. In his presentation, Dr. Orsini introduced the framework for conducting dose-response metaanalyses, focusing on the challenges of selecting the appropriate dose-response model. Dr. Orsini’s visit was in the context of his collaboration with Dr. Androniki Naska (Assoc. Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology at DHEMS) in an EU-funded research project on applying dose-response metanalytic methods to summarize the evidence generated by dietary intervention studies.