Harokopio University (HUA)


Epidemiology & Biostatistics Group The Group is consisted of: 9 dietitians, 2 biostatisticians, 2 physicians, 1 social health; 2 post-doc students, 4 PhD students, 8 MSc students.

Topics studied: Identifying the prevalence and incidence of cardiometabolic and psycho-social disorders, as well as cardiovascular diseases and cancer, at national and international level.

Harokopio University of Athens (HUA) is a public University dedicated to promoting research and learning in a small, well focused set of intellectual areas. It is the only organization at the higher academic level in Greece that provides degrees (BS, MS, PhD) in Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as in Geography, Human Economics and Ecology, and Telematics. The University was first established in 1929 and gained the status of University in 1990. It takes its name from the National Benefactor Panagis Harokopos.

The research units of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of HUA have been involved in many scientific disciplines of human nutrition, mainly nutrition epidemiology, clinical nutrition and dietetics, human behaviour and diet, as well as food chemistry, agro-food marketing, consumer behaviour, and food consumer science. The group participated in this collaboration has expertise on clinical, epidemiological aspects of human nutrition and personal determinants of food choice (i.e., knowledge, perceptions in relation to health, attitudes, lifestyles, socioeconomic and anthropometric). During the past years, Harokopio University achieved many Research Grants from EC, US as well as national Organizations, and became one of the leading Universities in Greece in research and education (i.e., 2nd place among all Greek Universities and academic Institutions regarding published and cited papers per researcher).

Project leader


Prof Demosthenes PanagiotakosFRSPH, FACE is the leader of the Group. Demosthenes Panagiotakos is the Dean of the School of Health Science and Education at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. He is Professor in Biostatistics, Research Methods and Epidemiology. Dr Panagiotakos is also a visiting Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Athens and at the Agricultural University of Athens. He has supervised 12 PhD and 55 MSc theses. He is the principal investigator of 11 large–scale epidemiological studies. His research interests include CVD epidemiology, risk modelling and analysis, medical research methodology, meta-analysis, as well as nutritional epidemiology and methodology. He has published 3 books, over 700 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, as well as 50 papers in national journals or Conference proceedings and has more than 21.000 citations of his work (h-index of 68). He has received 3 Young Investigators’ National and International Awards and 3 Scholarships (2 National, 1 EU). He has served as an evaluator for 15 National and International Organizations, as well as reviewer in 68 international journals; he is an Executive Board member in 3 Scientific Societies as well Editorial Board member / Associate Editor in 17 international journals. Dr Panagiotakos is currently Board Member of the Scientific Council of the Hellenic Food Authority and was Board Member of the National Council of Public Health.

Members of the team

Dr Elena Critselis, MPH PhD is a Nutritionist – Chronic Disease Epidemiologist. She holds a joint appointment as a Teaching Fellow and Research Associate at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Harokopio University, and Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Proteomics Facility, Center for Systems Biology at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens. She is also a Lecturer in the Graduate Studies Program of the University of Athens Medical School and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Ioannina Medical School. Dr Critselis completed her undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree with a dual concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Global Health at Yale University. She received her doctoral degree (Ph.D.) with Distinction in Nutrition-Epidemiology at Harokopio University and completed Postdoctoral Fellowships in Clinical Chronic Disease Epidemiology – Translational Research and Systems Epidemiology – Translational –Omics Research at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens. She is a dual “Alexander Onassis” Public Benefit Foundation Scholar for the completion of Graduate Studies and Doctoral Studies, and a Hellenic State Scholarships Foundation Scholar for Postdoctoral Research. 

Dr Alexandros C. Dimopoulos received in 2004 the diploma of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. At the same institution, he completed in 2009 his Ph.D. entitled “Efficient Embedded Systems”, implementing a platform for the automated creation of hardware. He is a postdoc researcher in the BSRC Alexander Fleming, in the field of bioinformatics, while in parallel he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the department of Informatics and Telematics of Harokopion University, as an adjunct lecturer. His research interests cover the areas of Machine Learning, software/hardware co-design, Embedded Systems, parallel computing, and bioinformatic applications with next generation sequence data. Dr. Dimopoulos has eleven publications in international journals and more than twenty-five in international scientific conferences.

Dr Emmanuella Magriplis is the lead data analyst for the National Health & Nutrition Health Survey (HNNHS) conducted by AUA in Greece. She is currently affiliated with 3 universities: Harokopio University, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) and University of Oxford (Centre for Statistics in Medicine, CSM). She is currently the course coordinator and lecturer of Nutritional Epidemiology, and Nutrition Education in undergraduate students, whereas she also teaches Public Health Nutrition in undergraduate and postgraduate level, at AUA. She is also responsible for monitoring methodological and statistical research aspects for 3 Master and 4 PhD students. She is a member of the Hellenic Atherosclerosis Society and a board member of the Hellenic Nutrition Society. Her research interests include nutritional epidemiology, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Emmanuella Magriplis is currently involved with 3 major studies: HNNHS, Athlos and an umbrella project PROgnostic Factor Evaluation – Systematic Searches, repOrting & Reviewing (PROFESSOR study). Over the past 2 years, she has co-authored more than 16 papers (6 as first author & 6 as second), has scientifically translated & edited 2 books and has written over 3 book chapters. She has received 7 major scholarships and awards, one of which was from the Government of Canada (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, NSERC), for academic excellence, having completed her studies at the top 15% of Canadian students in her field.

Dr Efi Koloverou

Alexandra Foscolou, MSc. She received her BSc from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece and her MSc in Applied Dietetics and Nutrition, Harokopio University. She is a PhD student in Harokopio University of Athens. Her PhD thesis title is “Investigating the factors related to successful ageing of the Greek Population: Epidemiological Study”. She is a member of the Hellenic Atherosclerosis Society. She has co-authored 16 papers (9 as a first author) in peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of nutrition/dietetics, cardiovascular disease epidemiology and successful ageing, 1 book chapter, as well as more than 30 abstract presentations in national and international conferences. Since 2016 she has been investigating the secrets of successful ageing in the Mediterranean Sea within the frame of the MEDIS Study.

Natasa Kollia, MSc  is a graduate of the Department of Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2003, Grade Degree 7.4/10), holder of the MSc «Biostatistics» from the School of Medicine and Mathematics of the University of Athens and Ioannina (2006, Grade 8.5/10) and MSc in «Clinical Nutrition» from Harokopio University (2015, Grade 8.2/10). Her doctoral dissertation on «Development of causal models in the investigation of the relationship of social, psychological and nutritional parameters to the impact of cardiovascular disease. 10-year follow-up of the ATTICA study (20022012)” and commencing in March 2016, was conducted in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition Science, Harokopio University. Mrs. Kollia has participated as a scientific associate in European research programs (such as the ATHLOS program: Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies – Horizon 2020) and research protocols of university clinics in Greece and abroad (such as the Children’s Hospital in Athens and the Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden), while she works for 13 years as a psychologist and biostatistician. Mrs. Kollia has a teaching assignment at undergraduate and postgraduate level, while presenting important research work on the subject of cardiovascular disease. She has 18 publications in prestigious international scientific journals, as well as 28 oral presentations and two invited speeches at international and Greek conferences. 

Dimitris Panaretos, MSc has graduated from the Department of Statistics and Insurance Science of the University of Piraeus (with Hons), having received two scholarships and three awards for academic excellence, from the State Scholarship Foundation. Dimitris has also a MSc in Biostatistics from the joined School of Medicine and the Dept of Mathematics of the University of Athens and Ioannina (2015, with Hons and Academic Excellence Award; 2016). Since 2016 he is PhD candidate in Biostatistics, in the School of Health Science and Education of Harokopio University in Athens. Dimitris has 10 publications in Greek and international journals, as well as 15 presentations in international and national conferences. He has achieved a scholarship from the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI) and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT). Since 2016 is a Teaching Assistant at Harokopion University, as well as tutor in Statistics and Actuarial courses. He is also instructor of a series of courses and e- seminars in data Analysis using SPSS / STATA statistical packages, as well as the programming language R and Python. His research interests include multivariate analysis with applications in Nutritional Epidemiology, Data Mining and Machine Learning. Dimitris is a member of the Greek Statistical Institute and the Economic Chamber of Greece. 

Chrisoula Siamanta is the financial and administrative officer of ATHLOS-HUA partner. Ms Siamanta has graduated from the Department of Business Administration, Athens University of Economics and Business in 2005. She started working at Harokopio University (HUA) in 2005 as an officer at the Research Committee of the University. During her career has managed several European funded projects under various Calls (e.g., FP6, FP7, RISE, HORIZON2020, LIFE etc)

Contact details

SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCE & EDUCATION Dept Nutrition & Dietetics HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY 70 Eleftheriou Venizelou (Thiseos) Ave Kallithea, Athens, 176 71 Greece +30 210 9549332 / +30 210 9549100