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 550 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, as well as 50 papers in national journals or Conference proceedings and has more than 11.000 citations of his work (h-index of 48). 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

Christina-Maria Kastorini She received her BSc from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece and her MSc in Applied Dietetics and Nutrition, Harokopio University. She received her PhD degree from the School of Medicine of the University of Ioannina, Greece in 2013. She has been awarded scholarships from the “S. Harokopos and E. Harokopou-Petroutsi Foundation”, the State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) and the Hellenic Atherosclerosis Society. She has co-authored more than 30 papers (15 as a first author) in peer-reviewed international journals in the fields of nutrition/dietetics and cardiovascular disease epidemiology, as well as many abstract presentations in national and international conferences. Since 2013 she has been working for the Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health, Prolepsis, where she participated, among others, in the development of the Greek National Dietary Guidelines.

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