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WHO Collaborating Center for Nutrition and Health participated in the online training course on Noncommunicable Diseases coordinated by WHO European Office

Posted on: 01/12/2022

From left to right: Prof. V. Benetou and Prof. A Naska

The WHO Collaborating Center (CC) for Nutrition and Health at the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, participated in the online training course «Training Course on Noncommunicable Diseases 2022– Surveillance, Implementation and Evaluation» coordinated by the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office). The course is developed for early and mid-career professionals in the field of NCDs, and consists of 15 modules implemented online from 6/10/22 until 2/3/2023. Instructors come from various WHO CCs and partner organizations around the world. Our Department was represented by Prof. V. Benetou and Prof. A. Naska, both deputy Directors of the WHO CC. Prof. Benetou participated in the Module «Breastfeeding and NCD risk later in life» and Prof. Naska in the module “Four by Four: Examining the main four risk factors for the most prevalent NCDs». This training program was developed with the aim to build networks for knowledge exchange and stronger collaborations between WHO CCs and it is planned to take place annually.

EFSA and the Dept. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics join forces to manage and advance the methodology of the national Dietary Surveys in the EU

Posted on: 17/10/2022

From left to right: K. Niforou, E. Valanou, N. Koffas and Prof. A Naska

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), following a competitive procedure, assigned to the Dept. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (DEHEMS) the management of data collected through national dietary surveys in the EU Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (rf. The EFSA Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database), and the formulation of the new methodology to conduct and analyze nutrition surveys in EU MS. The task is coordinated by Prof. Androniki Naska with members of the team: Elissavet Valanou, nutritionist; Krystallia Niforou, nutritionist; and, Nikolaos Koffas, mathematician with expertise in data management. Efthimia Vassilopoulou, food technologist at DEHEMS will provide support on issues related to food composition tables.

Invited lecture of Assoc Prof. Evi Samoli at Yale University

Posted on: 10/10/2022

 

How to Communicate Data in a Pandemic

Posted on: 19/02/2021

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Webinar “COVIC-19 Vaccines: Moving Forward”

Posted on: 19/02/2021

On 15th January 2021, a live broadcasted webinar on “COVIC-19 Vaccines:Moving Forward” was attended by a large audience of public health professionals and students. Faculty members of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, as members also of the Hellenic Forum of Public Health and Social Medicine, served in the organizing committee and contributed to the scientific program. Overall, 31 distinguished scientists from Greece and abroad participated in the webinar, with representatives from the World Health Organization,  the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Medicines Agency. You may watch the webinar at https://www.conferre.tv/covid19vaccine

Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (ELIDEK) Funding of project evaluated as class A by the European Research Council

Posted on: 13/11/2020

The research project entitled “Functionality and Activity of Human Endogenous Retrovirus K” which was granted an A score by the European Research Council (ERC) will be funded by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (ELIDEK) under the call for proposals “Aen Aristevein – Theodoros Papazoglou”. This call provides bridge-funding for project proposals graded “A” (highest score) by the ERC on account of their scientific merit, which were not funded due to budget limitations. Dr. Gkikas Magiorkinis, Assistant Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology, is the Primary Investigator of the project.

The study will last two years and will provide insights on the possible proliferation of HERV-K HML-2 in humans. Preliminary evidence suggests that HERV-K HML-2 may be the third human Retrovirus, after Human T-Lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), with a proliferation potential in modern humans. The clinical implications of this work are relevant to securing the safety of advanced stem-cell treatments currently under development.

Lecture “The use of mathematics in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic”

Posted On: 13/07/2020

On Wednesday, July 15th 2020 (01:15 pm), Vana Sypsa (Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Dept. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) will give a lecture on the topic “The use of mathematics in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic” in a seminar organised by the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The seminar will be held via Zoom (https://authgr.zoom.us/j/95428351931).

WHO “Regional workshop on advancing implementation science on HIV and viral hepatitis in eastern Europe and Central Asia”

Posted On: 19/02/2020

On February 10-11 2020, a “Regional workshop on advancing implementation science on HIV and viral hepatitis in eastern Europe and Central Asia” was organised by WHO in Berlin, Germany. . Dr. Vana Sypsa, Assoc. Professor at the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics participated as an invited speaker and gave a lecture on the “Use of social network-based HIV testing approaches for reaching key populations and their partners”. Dr. Sypsa shared her experience from interventions in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece, employing social networks in order to screen for HIV and link to care people who inject drugs (programs ARISTOTLE, ARISTOTLE HCV-HIV and ALEXANDROS).

WHO organized European Conference on Screening

Posted On: 14/02/2020

On February 11 an 12 2020 a European Conference on Screening was organized by WHO in UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Greek Ministry of Health was represented by Prof. P. D. Lagiou and V. Benetou of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics.

During the meeting, issues regarding the organisation and evaluation of screening programs for non- communicable diseases covering the entire lifespan were discussed and the strengths, as well as the weaknesses of these programs were addressed. Useful information on the organisation of screening programs can be found in the following links:

Participation of the Dept. of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics in the 2nd International Meeting on Teaching Epidemiology

Posted On: 14/02/2020

On January 21-22 2020, the 2nd International Meeting on Teaching Epidemiology was organised in Zurich, Switzeland by the Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention of the University of Zurich.

The 2nd Meeting was a follow up of the June 2018 1st International Meeting on Teaching Epidemiology, which defined 31 core competencies for academic epidemiologists. The aim of the 2nd Meeting was to evaluate the extent to which these core competencies are represented in the curricula worldwide, and to discuss innovative teaching formats and ways to integrate the core competencies in current and future academic curricula.

The Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics of the School of Medicine of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) was represented by Dr. Vicky Benetou, Associate Professor of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Through its participation in this network of academic epidemiologists, the Department wishes to emphasize its commitment to high standards in teaching Epidemiology and Research Methodology both at the undergarduate and the postgraduate level.