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Principal Investigator: Prof. Konstantinos Makrilakis


Brief description:
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is the largest state institution of higher learning in Greece, and among the largest universities in Europe. As all other Greek universities, it is a self-governed legal entity of public law and all major policy issues are determined by the Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs. The Faculty of Medicine of the NKUA is part of the School of Health Sciences, which also encompasses the Faculty of Dentistry, the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Nursing.
“Laiko” General Hospital is a University Hospital belonging to the Faculty of Medicine that will coordinate the project in Greece.
The Diabetes Center of the “Laiko” General Hospital of the NKUA has had huge experience in clinical, research and epidemiologic investigations in the field of diabetes mellitus and obesity and has participated in many relevant studies. It has participated in the DE-PLAN project since its very beginning, screened a part of the population around the Athens metropolitan area (around 3240 persons) and recruited 191 persons in the DE-PLAN project. The results of the 1-year intervention have already been published. Also the Center has actively participated in the IMAGE project (Development and Implementation of a European Guideline and Training Standards for Diabetes prevention), which developed and published guidelines for the prevention of diabetes mellitus in Europe.


The second group, lead by Prof. Asimina Mitrakou-Fanariotou

Alexandra Hospital, Department of Clinical Therapeutics, Diabetes and Metabolism Unit

Dr Mitrakou has been engaged in studies on pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes trying to identify the contributing role of insulin secretion and insulin resistance. She has participated in the EGIR RISC study funded by the EU and has served as member of the Steering committee of EGIR for 3 terms. She has contacted multi center studies on several new diabetes therapeutic modalities. She is an active member of the EASD postgraduate courses with workshops focusing on diabetes prevention She has participated as member of the DIAMAP.


Main tasks attributed:
To recruit patients in the study, inform them about the project and follow them up throughout the period of the project. The main pool of participants will come from the DE-PLAN Project (Diabetes in Europe – Prevention using Lifestyle, Physical Activity and Nutritional interventions) participants.




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