University of Crete (UoC)
The University of Crete is the principal higher education institution on the island of Crete, Greece, and one of the country's most academically acclaimed and reputable ones. The University of Crete is a young public educational institution committed to excellence in research and teaching, established in 1973. It now has 16 Departments in 5 Schools (Philosophy, Education, Social, Economic & Political Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions, including the Skinakas Observatory, the Natural History Museum, and the University General Hospital.
The Laboratory of Toxicology and Forensic Science covers toxicology needs throughout the island of Crete, the Dodecanese and other areas of Greece. Further, a large number of drugs, alcohol, different toxic substances in biological samples and evidence are analyzed.
Aristides M. Tsatsakis
Professor Aristidis Tsatsakis is the Chairman of Morphology Division and Director of the Department of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences of the Medical School at the University of Crete and the University Hospital of Heraklion.
Prof. Tsatsakis has written over 400 peer reviewed publications in prestigious journals, is holder of several patents and has given numerous lecturers as keynote and plenary speaker in international congresses.
Tzatzarakis Manolis a toxicologist in the Laboratory of Toxicology of Medical School of University of Crete since 1995, where he obtained his PhD in 2000.
Tzatzarakis has published 81 original articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 2 articles in Greek journals, has authorship in 3 book chapters, 2 patent, abstract presentations in international (141) and national (46) congresses. He is a member of the Society of Greek Chemists (EEX), the Hellenic Society of Toxicology (HST), the Society of Hair Testing (SOHT) and the Hellenic Mass Spectrometry Society (2012).
Charis Girvalaki is a chemist and has postgraduate MPH training in Public Health-Epidemiology. She is currently a doctoral trainee in the Clinic of Family Medicine at the University of Crete, and has also been involved in many scientific projects.
She is currently working on EUREST-PLUS EU Horizon2020 program at the Laboratory of Toxicology & Forensic Sciences Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. Her research interests are currently focused on the fields of the development, implementation and assessment of tobacco control initiatives and exposure to smoke and smoking cessation.
Alexander Vardavas, BSc, MSc, is a PhD Candidate since 2013 at the Laboratory of Toxicology & Forensic Sciences Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. He has been trained on the use of analytical equipment (LC-MS, GC-MS etc.) and continuously has worked on the analytical evaluation of chemicals and substances. He is currently working on the EUREST-PLUS EU Horizon2020 program. He is also a member of the Hellenic Society of Toxicology (HST).
Sophia Papadakis Ph.D. MHA, Papadakis is an Affiliate Researcher in the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and Research Scientist in the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine and Toxicology, Department of Medicine at the University of Crete (Greece).
She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is co-editor of the 2017 European Tobacco Treatment Guidelines and lead author of the Cochrane Collaboration Review on smoking cessation in primary care settings.