Leda Chatzi, Assistant Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology

Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece

Dr Chatzi is a medically-qualified epidemiologist with long standing experience and expertise in birth cohort research and life course epidemiology. She is the Principal Investigator of the Rhea cohort in Crete, Greece – a pregnancy cohort of 1000 mothers and offspring with a wealth of epidemiologic data and biologic tissues from pregnancy through childhood. She participated as a co-investigator on several national and international projects on environmental health risks for children, including the Human Early-Life Exposome (HELIX), the collaborative project for birth cohort research in Europe (CHICOS), the European project on “Genomics biomarkers of environmental health” (EnviroGenomarkers), and the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution effects (ESCAPE). She coordinated the first Greek national project “Rhea plus” which had as an objective to develop an integrated strategy for the prevention of environmental risk factors for reproductive and child health. Her scientific research has two primary foci: the impact of early life exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals on child health, and the influence of early life nutrition on obesity and related cardio-metabolic sequelae in mother and child.

Manolis Kogevinas, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist

Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)- Barcelona, Spain

Manolis Kogevinas is co-Director of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL). He graduated at the Medical School of Athens, Greece and did his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of London (1989). He worked at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO), Lyon and at the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM) Barcelona. He was Professor of Epidemiology at the Medical School, University of Crete, Greece, where he started the Rhea Study in 2006, and at the National School of Public Health in Athens, Greece. He served in several WHO and other expert committees evaluating the toxicity of chemicals such as dioxins and drinking water contaminants and in EU research evaluation committees. He has published more than 450 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is President of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). He is the Director of the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE-Florence course).


Euripides G. Stephanou, Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Chemical Processes Laboratory, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Crete & The Cyprus Institute

Prof. Stephanou graduated and got the Diploma of Chemical Engineering at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. In addition, he has an MSc in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He did his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Geneva and Researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), and Senior Research Associate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. His research interests and experience can be met in the Study of Atmospheric Aerosols, Biogeochemical Cycles of Persistent Organic Pollutants, Exposure Studies of Toxic Organic Contaminants. He has been Coordinator and Principal Investigator in 15 projects funded by EU and National Agencies. He has authored and co-authored 114 articles in leading international scientific journals (Nature, Science, ES&T, JGR, EHP, Lancet, etc.) with 8790 citations, and 3 chapters in books, and has an h-index 47. He has participated as a speaker, keynote and invited speaker in more than 100 international conferences. Ha has been serving the international scientific community as an Associate Editor of Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association (2002-2004), an Editor of Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2009-2012) and a Member of the ERC Panel “Sciences of the Earth” (2007-2015). He is Professor of Environmental Chemistry at he University of Crete and the Vice President for Research at the Cyprus Institute, Cyprus.


Full CV: http://www.evris-g-stephanou.gr

Antonis Koutis, MD, PhD in Social Medicine

University General Hospital of Heraklion, Crete

Dr.Koutis is a doctor of Social Medicine and did his PhD at the Medical School of University of Crete, Greece. He is the Head of the Department of Social Medicine at the National Health System (NHS) of the University General Hospital of Heraklion (PAGNI), Crete, Scientific Associate at the Department of Social Medicine, Medical School of University of Crete and a poet. His main research, educational and clinical interests are in Primary Care, Prevention and Health Promotion in the Community. He has published several scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals of Medicine and three books of poetry. He is married and has two daughters. In his free time he studies Poetry, Philosophy and Epistemology, and is  a runner and swimmer of long distances.