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BrainNet Europe is a "Network of Excellence" funded by the European Commission in the 6th Framework Program "Life Science" (LSHM-CT-2004-503039). It consists of 19 established brain banks across Europe and is coordinated by the Centre for Neuropathology and Prion Research Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
The University of Athens was founded in 1837 and the Department of Pathology in 1850. It is the oldest Pathology Department in Greece. The scientific staff includes 2 Professors, 6 Associate Professors, 5 Assistant Professors and 3 Lecturers. The technical staff includes 6 technicians. Also, there is a number of postgraduate medical and biology students who work in different research projects. The secretary staff includes 3 persons.
The aims of the Department are:
a. Educational: Teaching Medicine and Dentistry students as well as postgraduate medical and biology students General and Systematic Pathology. Also, it offers a 5 years training for specialization of medical graduates in Pathology.
b. Clinical-Diagnostic: A significant number (>6000/year) of surgical, autopsy, biopsy and cytology specimens from different hospitals of Athens or other cities of Greece are diagnosed at the Department.
c. Research: The main topics of interest are apoptosis, invasion, angiogenesis, metastasis. A significant number of projects - national and European - are in progress.
Scientific Units of the Department
Experience relevant to brain banking
Since 1996 approximately 350 brains per year are collected. We have 250 brains in our bank. Mainly formalin fixed brain tissue is collected, but for specific groups of disease such as prion disease, AIDS and brain tumours also frozen samples are available. A neuropathological diagnosis is made for all collected cases. In addition, the Neuropathology Section of our Department is the reference centre for Neuropathological Diagnosis of Prion Diseases in Greece.
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