Athens, Greece

National and Capodistrian University of Athens

Participant 11: National and Capodistrian University of Athens
Dept of Pathology / School of Medicine
Mikras Asias 75
11527 Athens


Project Leader

Prof. Dr. E. Patsouris
Phone: +30 (210) 7771 206  
Fax: +30 (210) 7462 157 
Prof. Dr. E. Patsouris

Project Staff

Ass. Professor Nikolaos Kavantzas
Quantitative Pathology (Image Analysis, Morphometry)  

Ass. Professor Penelope Korkolopoulou

Ass. Professor Anastasia Konstantinidou
Perinatal Neuropathology 

Institute Presentation

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

Neuropathology and Myopathology
Skin Pathology
Autopsy Pathology
Pathology of Urinary Tract and Renal Biopsy
Pathology of Endocrine Organs
Perinatal Pathology
Diagnostic Cytology
Quantitative Pathology and Image Analysis
Molecular Pathology
Electron and Confocal Laser Microscopy
Environmental Pathology

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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