Maria Albani

Professor of Physiology, Medical School
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Telephone: +30 2310.999.326
Email: albani(@)med.auth.gr
Website: http://physiology.med.auth.gr/user/3/bio

Biography

Dr Maria Albani is Director of the Laboratory of Physiology at the Medical School (AUTh).

Prof Maria Albani received B.Sc. in Biology (1977) and in Medicine (1990) from the AUTh. In 1978 she had a short postgraduate training at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 1979 she was appointed as a research assistant at the Medical School of AUTH. In 1982 she joined Professor Gerta Vrbova’s group in the Center for Neurosciences at University College London, where she stayed for 2 years, as a research assistant. In 1984 she was appointed Faculty of Biology in the University of Konstanz in Germany. In 1985 she received her Ph,D from the Medical School at AUTH and later in 1987 she was appointed as a lecturer in the department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Medical School, AUTh; positions held within this department include: Assistant Professor (1991), Associate Professor (1999) and Professor (2007).  During her academic life she made several collaborations and research visits to University College London, Charring Cross Hospital-Imperial College Healthcare NHS, Universita degli Studi di Siena, Universiteit Maastricht, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, at Winnipeg.

She is interested in Neurophysiology, and mainly in nerve-muscle interactions during development, reinnervation and neuroprotection. She has organized several national and international conferences, and chaired in several round tables.

Eleni Bekiari

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Diabetes
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

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Telephone: +30 2310.992937
Email: bekiarie(@)auth.gr

Website
Clinical Research & Evidence-Based Medicine Unit, Aristotle University Thessaloniki

Biography

Assistant Professor Eleni Bekiari obtained an MD (1994), a PhD (2008) and an MSc (2016) in Medical Research Methodology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2014 she was appointed Lecturer of Medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She is currently working as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Diabetes at the Second Medical Department and the Diabetes Centre at Ippokratio Hospital Thessaloniki, and Investigator at the Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Unit of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her main interests include evidence-based medicine, geriatrics, and diabetes. Her research interests include knowledge synthesis (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), evidence-based practice, and clinical decision-making in medicine. Dr Bekiari has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, many of them in top-ranking medical journals (BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology, Diabetes Care) with more than 1,600 citations.

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Dimitrios G. Goulis

Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Contact details
Telephone: +30 2310.693131
Email: dimitrios.goulis(@)otenet.gr
Website: http://dimitriosgoulis.org

Biography

Professor Dimitrios G. Goulis completed his basic medical training (MD) and received his PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Having a scholarship from the European Union, he worked for four years (1996 – 2000) as clinical research fellow at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK, acquiring the specialty of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. During his training in Great Britain, he was involved in the fields of Metabolism, Reproductive Endocrinology and pregnancy complications. Since 2004 is a lecturer, since 2009 assistant professor (non-tenure), since 2013 assistant professor (tenure), since 2015 associate professor and since 2019 full professor in Reproductive Endocrinology, serving at the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

He is currently or had been: President, European Menopause and Andropause Society (2021 – 2023); President, Hellenic Society of Andrology (2021 – 2023); Treasurer, International Society of Andrology (2020 – 2025); Secretary General, European Academy of Andrology (2014 – 2018); Secretary General, European Menopause and Andropause Society (2017 – 2019); Training centre director, European Academy of Andrology (2013 -); Director, MSc in “Research Methodology in Medicine and Health Sciences”, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018 – 2022);  Co-chair, Guidelines Committee, European Academy of Andrology (2017 – 2021);  Member of the Executive Board, Hellenic Society of Endocrinology  (2011 – 2013); Member of the Executive Board, Hellenic Society of Climacteric and Menopause (2013 – 2021); Member of the Steering Committee, MSc in “Medical Research Methodology”, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2016 -); Member of the Steering Committee, MSc in “Human Reproduction” (2020 -), Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2018 – 2022);  Associate Editor, Human Reproduction (2009 – 2013); Associate Editor, Hormones (2010 – 2021); Associate Editor, Human Reproduction Open (2017 – 2020); Associate Editor, Human Andrology (2017 – 2021); Μember of the Editorial Board, Andrology (2012 – 2021); Μember of the Editorial Board, Journal of Endocrinological Investigation (2014 – 2021); Member of the Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research (2018 – 2020); Μember of the Editorial Board, Maturitas (2015 – 2021).

Professor Goulis has published more than 350 full papers in peer-review international journals. His main research interests include male reproductive endocrinology, female reproductive endocrinology, endocrine and metabolic complications of pregnancy, menopausal transition, Evidence-Based Medicine and research methodology.

Anna-Bettina Haidich

Associate Professor in Hygiene-Medical Statistics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Contact details
Telephone: +30 2310 999143
Email: haidich(@)auth.gr

Biography

Dr. Anna-Bettina Haidich was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1974. She graduated from the Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics in 1996 and received her MSc degree in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK in 1997. During 1998-1999, she has worked as a biostatistician at the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research of the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina in 2003 under the supervision of Professor John P.A. Ioannidis. In 2011, she was appointed lecturer and in 2013 assistant professor (non-tenure) in Hygiene-Medical Statistics in the Department of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Since 2019, she was appointed Associate Professor in Medical-Statsitics-Epidemiology in the same department. She teaches Medical Statistics and Epidemiology to undergraduate and graduate students at the Department of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in relevant seminars / workshops.

Dr. Haidich has written a book in medical statistics, two chapters and published 151 papers in international journals with more than 3000 references. She was an invited speaker in more than 40 Greek and international congresses and seminars. She has been a reviewer in 10 international medical journals and member of the Editorial Board of two international journals and the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group. Her research interests include epidemiology, medical statistics, with emphasis in the methodology of reporting safety in clinical trials, meta-analyses and meta-research.

Efstratios K. Kosmidis

Associate Professor in Physiology, Department of Medicine
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Contact details
Telephone: +30 23109 99240
Email: kosmidef(@)med.auth.gr

Biography

Dr. Efstratios K. Kosmidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1975. He graduated from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1998 and received his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from the Pierre et Marie Curie University, France in 2002. He was Postdoctoral Fellow and later on Research Associate in the Yale Medical School, New Haven, USA from 2002 to 2006. He conducted research in the field of optical neural recordings working with Professor Lawrence B. Cohen. During the summer months the laboratory was transferred and continued research activities to the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA. He then worked as a Research Associate in the Laboratory of Animal Physiology in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

In 2011, he was appointed Lecturer of Physiology in the Department of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Physiology-Neurophysiology.

Dr. Kosmidis has written a book in computational neuroscience (in French) and published 30 papers in international journals with more than 850 references. He has been invited as a speaker in more than 100 Greek and international congresses and seminars. He has served as grant referee for the National Science Foundation in the United States of America and is an active reviewer for several international journals in neurophysiology and computational biology. In 2015, he chaired the FENS-Featured Regional Meeting in Neurosciences in Thessaloniki. His research interests include systems biology, computational neuroscience, neurophysiology and optogenetics.

Andreas L. Symeonidis

Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Contact details
Telephone: +30 23109 94344
Email: asymeon(@)eng.auth.gr
Website: http://users.auth.gr/symeonid

Biography

Dr. Andreas Symeonidis is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Chief Research Officer at Cyclopt.com. He received his diploma and PhD at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1999 and 2004 respectively and concluded his postdoctoral research on the evaluation of agent efficiency (2005). Software engineering processes, Model-driven engineering, Software quality and Software analytics, Middleware Robotics and Knowledge extraction from big data repositories. He has worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Informatics, University Carlos III Madrid, Spain (2007-2008) and as a Consultant for the European Commission.

Dr. Symeonidis’ work has been published in over 200 papers, book chapters, and conference publications. He is co-author of the books “Agent Intelligence through Data Mining” (Springer publishing), “Mining Software Engineering Data for Software Reuse” (Springer publishing) and “Practical Machine Learning in R” (Leanpub publishing). He is also co-editor of 6 Springer volumes and holds numerous distinctions with the Pandora robotics group (https://r4a.issel.ee.auth.gr/pandora-robotics/) and the Mertacor Software agent group (https://issel.ee.auth.gr/en/ software-algorithms/).

He is currently coordinating more than 10 contract R&D projects, while serving occasionally as a R&D project evaluator and reviewer for the European Commission and the Greek state.

For further information see: http://users.auth.gr/symeonid

 

 

Apostolos G. Tsapas

Professor of Medicine and Diabetes,                                                                Director, MSc in Medical Research Methodology 
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece                                                             

 

 

Contact details
Telephone: +30 2310.992937
Email: atsapas(@)auth.gr

Website
Clinical Research & Evidence-Based Medicine Unit, Aristotle University Thessaloniki
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

Biography

Professor Apostolos Tsapas obtained an MD (1992) and a PhD (2002) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and subsequently qualified an MSc in Evidence-based healthcare from the University of Oxford in UK (2012). In 2009 he completed a two-year fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) at the University of Oxford, while in 2011 he worked for six months as visiting scientist in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN USA. Professor Tsapas is currently Head of the Second Medical Department and the Diabetes Centre at Ippokratio Hospital Thessaloniki, founding Lead Investigator of the Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Unit at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford. His expertise lies in evidence-based medicine and diabetes and he has been involved in the last four iterations (2012, 2015, 2018 & 2019) of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) consensus recommendations for treatment of hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes. His main research interests include research methodology, knowledge synthesis (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), evidence-based practice, patient-centred care and clinical decision-making in medicine and diabetes. A diabetologist and health services researcher, Prof. Tsapas is the author of more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, many of them in top-ranking medical journals (Lancet, BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology, Diabetologia, Diabetes Care) with more than 12,000 citations. He is member of the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD) Scientific Committee, and of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Postgraduate Education Committee and Committee for Clinical Affairs.

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