National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA)
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is a public university in Athens, Greece. It has been in continuous operation since its establishment in 1837 and is the oldest higher education institution in the modern Greek state.
Yannis Tountas is a Professor of Social & Preventive Medicine in the Medical School at the University of Athens. He studied Biology and Public Health at Harvard University, as well as Medicine at the University of Athens.
He has authored 10 books and more than 200 scientific publications, and has been a member and Chair on a number of important public health committees, and most recently served as President of the National Organisation for Medicines until 2013.
Professor Panagiotis Behrakis MD, PhD, FCCP, is President of the Scientific Committee of European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention. He was recently elected to act as coordinator of the Joint Action for Tobacco Control in Europe, and has a wealth of teaching experience as a professor at the University of Athens and Harvard University.
Prof. Behrakis recently worked on national health communication and health promotion campaigns which aim to curb smoking in Greece, and served as principal investigator on a number of EU projects including EUREST, DIRECT, PRECISE and TOB-G.
Christina Gratziou is experienced in clinical and research work in respiratory medicine, with extensive lecture and teaching experience in her field, and is an expert on smoking prevention, smoking cessation and tobacco control policies at national and international levels.
She is an active member of scientific working groups, and heads the Research Centre for Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Clinic at the University of Athens.
Paraskevi Katsaounou M.D., Ph.D is an assistant professor of pulmonary pedicine at the Athens Medical School. She is Chair of the European Respiratory Society’s tobacco smoking control and health education group, Chair of the Hellenic Thoracic Society’s smoking cessation and public health group, a trainer in smoking cessation and a member of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee.
Dr Filippos Filippidis is a Lecturer in Public Health at the School of Public Health, Imperial College London. He has a background in medicine and health promotion and has earned an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on Quantitative Methods. His current research is focused on the epidemiology of tobacco and e-cigarette use, and on tobacco control policies in European countries. He has also studied the effects of the recent economic crisis on health, lifestyle risk factors -including smoking- and health services.
Ioanna Petroulia is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and a member of the scientific personnel of the Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention, working at the Center for Health Services Research, Medical School at the University of Athens.
She is also an assistant coordinator of the Greek Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services and a member of the Scientific Board of the Hellenic Society for Health Promotion and Education.
Theodosia Peleki is a Registered Nurse and has postgraduate MSc training in Neurological Disorders-Evidence Based Practice and has also been involved in many scientific projects.
She is currently working on EUREST-PLUS EU Horizon2020 program at Faculty of Medicine, University of Athens. Her research interests are currently focused on the fields of the implementation, development, and assessment of tobacco control initiatives and exposure to smoke and smoking cessation.