Alexandros Heraclides has a BSc degree in Biology, an MSc degree in Human Nutrition, an MSc degree in Social Epidemiology and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health. Previously, Dr Heraclides worked as a Research Fellow at Steno Diabetes Center in Gentofte, Denmark and at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam, Germany, as well as a Visiting Research Associate at the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology Unit of Lund University in Sweden and the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in the UK, in collaboration with the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. Dr Heraclides has worked in several large-scale epidemiological studies including the Whitehall II study, the British 1946 birth cohort, the Danish Inter99 and ADDITION studies and the Europe-wide EPIC study. He has also worked as a part-time lecturer in Nutrition, Biology, Environmental Health, Research Methods and Biostatistics at the University of Nicosia and as a Research Fellow at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics. His research involves identification of novel determinants of chronic diseases, primarily type 2 diabetes, as well as neurodegenerative diseases, and he is particularly interested in the interaction between environmental and genetic factors. Currently, Dr Heraclides is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and acts as the Lead for the Research and Critical Appraisal Skills curricula of MBBS programme at the University of Nicosia Medical School. In addition to his full-time appointment, Dr Heraclides is an Honorary Visiting Scientist at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and maintains active collaborations with research groups in the UK (Imperial College London, University College London, Newcastle University, and Durham University), Germany (German Institute of Human Nutrition), Denmark (Steno Diabetes Center), and Sweden (Lund University). He is widely published and acts as reviewer for peer reviewed publications and has presented at numerous international conferences.
Alexia Papageorgiou is an Associate Professor in Clinical Communication at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London.
Dr Papageorgiou holds a BA in Psychology from the American College in Greece, an MSc in Health Psychology from City University London and a PhD in Psychiatry from UCL London University.
She is currently holding a number of teaching, research and administrative roles in MBBS4, MD6 and MScFM. Previously Dr Papageorgiou was a lecturer at the University of East Anglia (2003-2011), a part-time research fellow at UCL (2000-2003) and a part-time lecturer at Birkbeck College (2000-2003).
Her research covers the areas of clinical communication, medical education, health psychology (how to motivate people to engage in health behaviours and maintain behaviour change) and advance statements of people who can no longer make decisions in medicine and psychiatry. Her research work has been published in international conference proceedings and refereed academic journals, plus books and book chapters.
Avgis Hadjipapas studied Medicine (MD, University of Kiel, Germany, 2000) then obtained an MS in Cognitive Science/EEG from the Central and Eastern European Centre for Cognitive Science (Sofia, 2002) and a PhD (2005) in MEG /Neuroscience from the Wellcome Trust Laboratory for MEG studies, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He worked as a Research Fellow at Aston (2005-2009) and at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2009-2011).
He subsequently joined the faculty of the University of Nicosia Medical School, where he is now an Associate Professor. He also holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. He currently is the Academic Lead for Assessment for the Masters in Family Medicine Programme and also for the Medical Doctor Programme. He is also the Lead for the Research and Critical Appraisal Skills Curriculum subtheme of the St. George’s University of London Medical Programme delivered in Cyprus by the University of Nicosia Medical School.
His main research focus lies in developing an understanding of noninvasively-measured brain signals in the human (such as MEG/EEG) in terms of the physiology of the underlying network. Areas of particular interest involve the network generation of ongoing brain rhythms and their role in cortical function (particularly in visual perception) and dysfunction (epilepsy). He has studied gamma rhythms in human MEG and EEG and monkey unit activity and LFP in terms of their relationship to stimulus parameters, visual perception and evoked responses with the ultimate aim to use gamma rhythms as a vehicle to bridge the gap between human brain signals and neurophysiology in the animal. To this end he uses a combination of theoretical modelling approaches such as networks of coupled oscillators, neuronal network models and advanced time series analysis. His research has been published in high ranking Neuroimaging and Neurophysiology journals such as Human Brain Mapping, NeuroImage, and Clinical Neurophysiology among others. He has participated in and has received funding from the Human Brain Project.
Chloe Antoniou is a Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Nicosia Medical School.
Dr Antoniou obtained a BSc (Honors) in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, which was funded by the Cyprus-America Scholarship Program of the Fulbright Commission Cyprus. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the lab of Prof. Leslie W.-M. Fung at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded a Paaren fellowship as the top student specializing in Biochemistry.
Dr Antoniou worked as a post-doctoral scholar and research lab manager in the lab of Prof Tobin Sosnick, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago. From 2012-2014, she worked at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics as a Post-doctoral Fellow and at the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine as a Research Faculty Associate. From 2013-2015 she held the position of Visiting Lecturer in the department of Life and Health Sciences at the University of Nicosia.
Dr Antoniou’s research interests lie in the field of protein biochemistry and biophysics. Amongst others, her work includes the structural investigations of -spectrin upon binding -spectrin and the understanding of the structural changes of the phototropin LOV2 domain upon light excitation.
Christiana Charalambous is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School. Dr Charalambous holds a B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry (University of Surrey, UK) and a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (University of Southern California, USA). Her PhD research was focused in the area of the role of angiogenesis in cancer progression. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Cyprus Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Chemoprevention (2006-2013). Dr Christiana Charalambous is a Fulbright Scholar (Traditional Fulbright Scholarship award, 2000) and has also been awarded scholarships from the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association for international graduate students (University of Southern California, 2004) and the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR; AACR Annual Conference Scholar-In Training Award, 2006). She has also received several research funding grants from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (CRPF) and has worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Cyprus, the University of Nicosia, the European University of Cyprus and Frederick University (2008-2014). In September 2010 Dr Christiana Charalambous joined the University of Nicosia as a part-time lecturer at the Department of Life and Health Sciences and in September 2014 she joined the University of Nicosia Medical School as a full-time faculty member. Her research focuses on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of action of the combination of soy phytoestrogens and their metabolites, such as equol, with the anti-estrogen tamoxifen in various cancer cell types. She has several publications in high impact factor journals and international conference proceedings
Constantina Constantinou is an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. Dr Constantinou holds a BA Degree in Biological Sciences with Distinction in all subjects (concentration in Microbiology) (Cornell University, USA), an MSc in General and Medical Microbiology with Distinction (University College London, London, UK), a PgCertHE (University of Hertfordshire, UK) and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (St. George’s, University of London, UK).
She worked as a Post-doctoral research fellow at St George’s, University of London and the University of Cyprus. Dr Constantinou is a Fulbright Scholar (1993-1997) and has also been awarded scholarships from the A. G. Leventis Foundation (2001-2002), the Cancer Prevention Research Trust (2001-2004), the Overseas Research Awards Scheme (ORS) (2002-2004) and the Wellcome Trust (Value in People Award, 2005-2006). She has also received funding from the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. Dr Constantinou was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cyprus and Frederick University (2009-2010).
In September 2010 Dr Constantinou joined the University of Nicosia as an Associate Professor in the Department of Life and Health Sciences and a Director of the Research & Innovation Office of the University of Nicosia (2010-2011). Dr Constantinou joined the University of Nicosia Medical School in 2011 and is currently the Programme Director of the MD Programme. Her research focuses on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms/ signaling pathways that lead to the induction of apoptosis with a particular interest on the tumor suppressor protein p53. She is also interested in the development on natural and synthetic derivatives for chemopreventive/ chemotherapeutic therapies and has a special interest on vitamin E. Her research work has been published in refereed academic journals and international conference proceedings.
Costas Constantinou is an Assistant Professor in Medical Sociology at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. Dr Constantinou holds a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology from Simon Fraser University in Canada, a MA degree in Sociology from the University of Nicosia, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bristol, UK. He also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education from St George’s, University of London.
Dr Constantinou is the Medical Sociology Lead for MD6 and MBBS4, SSC and Projects Lead for MBBS4, and the Lead for Primary Care Research Projects for the MSc in Family Medicine. He has published in the area of illness experience and teaching medical sociology, and he is the author of the book “Applied Sociology of Health and Illness: a problem-based learning approach”.
His research interests are: illness experience, illness narratives, organ donation and transplantation, and teaching medical sociology
Despina Moissidou is a Lecturer / Lead in Histology, at the University of Nicosia Medical School.
Dr Moissidou is a biological anthropologist. She holds a BA in History from the American College in Greece, an MSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Manchester.
She was a Postdoc Research Associate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Department of Histology. She is specialized in the histological study of ancient mummified tissue and she is also a trained Crime Scene Investigator. She participated in many research projects, including the development of histochemical techniques for the detection of senescent cells in cancerous tissues (in collaboration with Democritus Institute, Athens), and anthropological examination of human remains for the Missing Persons Committee in Cyprus (UN bi-communal project).
She currently runs two research projects on ancient mummies, one in collaboration with the University of Madrid Medical School, Department of Forensic Medicine, and the second one with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, the Anthropological Museum. The purpose is the histological examination of mummified tissue for possible pathologies, as well as the creation of a protocol database for similar anthropological studies.
Dimitrios Kanakis is a specialized Pathologist and Neuropathologist and holds the position of Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He teaches both in the MD6 Programme as well as in the MBBS4 Programme.
His fields of research are predominantly Neurooncology, Neurodegenerative and Demyelinating Diseases and other areas of Neuroscience. However, he has also published in various other areas of General Pathology. He has co-authored 23 original Research Articles (Pubmed; 2016) and he is a Reviewer in several International Peer Reviewed Journals such as “Cancer Growth and Metastasis”, “Clinical Anatomy”, “Clinical Medicine Insights: Pathology”, “European Journal of Dermatology”, “Hippokratia”, “Human Pathology”, “Journal of Central Nervous System Disease”, “Journal of Experimental Neuroscience”, Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine” and “Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry”. Furthermore, he is Co-author of the Chapters “Concise Interpretation of useful Data in the Histological Diagnosis of Malignant CNS-Neoplasms” and “CNS-Neoplasms in Adults: Diagnostic Algorithms, Histochemical, Immunohistochemical and Molecular Markers”, in the Book “Guidelines for the Histological Diagnosis of Malignant Neoplasms”, published by the Hellenic Society of Pathology. In addition, he published together with Prof Elmar Kirches the Chapter “PTTG (Securin) as Cancer Biomarker” in the Book “Biomarkers in Cancer” (Springer Publishers; 2015). Dr Kanakis is the editor of the book “Pituitary Adenoma: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment Options” (Nova Science Publishers; 2016).
He trained in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at Charing Cross Hospital London, Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield, Hammersmith Hospital London and Manchester Royal Infirmary among others and he served as consultant in Nephrology at King’s College Hospital London. He repatriated to Cyprus and led the department of Nephrology at Larnaca General Hospital for many years, which he developed from a small satellite unit to a fully autonomous and busy department. He now works at the Aretaeion Hospital in Nicosia, where he served for some years as chairman of the board.
Since 2011 he has worked for the launch and successful delivery of the St George’s University of London medical programme delivered by the University of Nicosia Medical School, in which the Aretaeion Hospital has played a significant part. He is currently Professor of Medicine at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London.
Over the years, he published original research on aluminum encephalopathy, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, low molecular weight heparin (his doctorate subject), erythropoietin and other topics. His clinical interests include the management of resistant hypertension, the cardiorenal syndrome, the preservation of renal function in diabetic and non-diabetic chronic renal failure, immunosuppression in glomerulonephritis (including lupus and vasculitis) as well as the management of patients under intensive care, amongst others.
Julia Hynes is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s Medical School, University of London. She was awarded a BA Joint Honours in Scholastic Philosophy and Irish in 2002, an MA in Irish and Celtic Studies in 2004, a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Ethics in Medicine and Education) in 2008 at The Queen’s University of Belfast, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education at St George’s, University of London in 2015. She is the lead for Medical Ethics and Law both for the St George’s MBBS 4-year programme delivered in Cyprus and for the MD 6-year programme at the University of Nicosia Medical School and is SSC and Projects lead for the MBBS 4 programme.
Dr Hynes has over 12 years of experience, working, researching, and teaching in the area of Clinical and Medical Ethics. This experience includes providing ethical advice, in the capacity of honorary Clinical Ethicist (2010-2012) and as a member of Clinical Ethics Committees, to clinical staff in hospital and hospice settings in Belfast, both in emergency and in non-urgent situations (2009-2012). In addition to Clinical Ethics her research interests include: the professional and moral development of the student within modern medical curricula, prudence and clinical decision-making, and the place of resilience and moral courage in the character of the medical student and qualified doctor.
Before taking up her current appointment in 2012, Dr Hynes taught ethics and other philosophical disciplines at The Queen’s University of Belfast, St Malachy’s Seminary, Belfast, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth, The Priory Institute, Dublin and Maryvale Institute, Birmingham. She is the author of several peer-reviewed publications and is currently a member of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Nicosia. She is also an expert advisor for the National Bioethics Committee in Cyprus and has recently been appointed as Accreditation Panel Assessor for undergraduate medical education at the Medical Council in Ireland.
Dr Felekkis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Life and Health Sciences at the School of Sciences and Engineering of the University of Nicosia and at the University of Nicosia Medical School. Dr Felekkis holds a BSc in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA and a PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from Boston University Medical School, MA, USA. He is currently the Histopathology Lead at the University of Nicosia Medical School and the Associate Head of the Department of Life and Health Sciences. He is also certified PBL tutor and Special Student Component assessor at the Medical program. Dr Felekkis is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Molecular Medicine Research Center (MMRC), University of Cyprus and a National Coordinator of the International Research Promotion Council, Cyprus Charter. His research interests include the study of the molecular basis of human diseases and more specifically the role that miRNAs play in pathogenesis of cancer and kidney disorders. He is also interested in biomarker identification and the potential use of miRNAs as diagnostic and prognostic markers of various diseases. His research work has been published in international conference proceedings and refereed academic journals, plus books and book chapters.
Maria Perdikogianni is a Lecturer at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. She is also a Registered Psychologist and Child Play Therapist, an approved Play Therapy supervisor for the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC) in East Essex in the UK since 2007, and a trainer for the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family, in Cyprus.
She holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English Literature from NYU (New York University) and graduate degrees in Applied Educational Psychology and Child Play Therapy from NYU and the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute at the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services in NY. Presently, she is working on her PhD in Clinical Communications Skills.
Maria Perdikogianni has a total of 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, working with adults, children and families in a variety of settings. Previously she taught at Intercollege in Larnaca (2002-2004) and at the University of Nicosia (2007-2012).
Her research interests include clinical communications skills, health issues (ie, smoking and other drug abuse), child abuse, child and women trafficking, children’s emotional and social well-being, and psychotherapy.
Nicos Skordis, Paediatric Endocrinologist, is currently Professor in Paediatrics at St George’s, University of London medical programme delivered by the University of Nicosia Medical School. He received his MD degree from Athens University and subsequently completed his residency training in Paediatrics in Athens. He then joined a fellowship programme in Paediatric Endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital in Buffalo State University, NY and also served at the department of Paediatrics and Pathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. As a Fulbright scholar he received short term training in Genetics at the Mass General Hospital of Harvard University in Boston, MA.
He is a member of International Scientific Societies and a recipient of several awards for his scientific work. He has published a number of articles in scientific journals and chapters in books, which address a wide variety of clinical and basic research issues, related to Paediatric Endocrinology. He has been actively participating in numerous international meetings and he is a reviewer of several international medical journals.
His research area is focused on: Endocrinopathies in Thalassaemia, Genetics of Endocrine disorders, Disorders of sexual development, Epidemiology of Congenital Hypothyroidism, and Diabetes Mellitus type 1. He successfully supported his PhD thesis on the spectrum of molecular defects in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia in the island of Cyprus.
Ourania Kolokotroni is the Coordinator of the Masters in Family Medicine Programme and a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. She holds a BSc in Medical Sciences and a Medical degree from the University of Nottingham UK (BM, BS 1999). She has specialized in Paediatrics and is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK since 2004.
She is also a PhD candidate at the Department of Health Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology and is currently in the write up phase of her dissertation titled “The Epidemiology of vitamin D status in adolescents in Cyprus and its relation to the prevalence of asthma, allergic diseases, abnormal lung function and atopy”. She is also a certified lactation consultant and is a founding member of the Cyprus Breastfeeding Association “Gift for Life”.
She has recently been appointed a Member of the Bioethics Committee for Biomedical Research (Cyprus Ministry of Health). Her research interests include the environmental determinants of respiratory and allergic diseases in children (including vitamin D) and the association of early life exposures with the development of chronic diseases in adult life. Her research work has been published in peer review journals and has been presented in European and International conferences.
Persoulla Nicolaou is an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. Dr Nicolaou is a Fulbright scholar, who holds a BSc degree in Pharmacology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a PhD degree in Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Pharmacology from the University of Cincinnati.
She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Cyprus International Institute of Management, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education from St George’s University of London. Dr Nicolaou is currently the Pharmacology Lead and the Chief Examiner (first and second year) for the St. George’s University of London Medical Programme delivered in Cyprus by the University of Nicosia Medical School. Previously Dr Nicolaou was a R&D scientist in Remedica Ltd. Her research work has been published in international conference proceedings and refereed academic journals.
Peter Karayiannis is Professor of Microbiology/Molecular Virology at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. Professor Karayiannis holds a BSc Degree in Microbiology obtained at Liverpool University and a PhD in Medical Microbiology (Chlamydiology) from the same University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (FIBMS) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists [FRCPath (Virol)].
Professor Karayiannis joined the University of Nicosia in September 2013, having previously worked at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Liverpool University (1976-1981), Department of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital Medical School (1981-1987), Department of Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School (1987-1995) and the Hepatology Section, St Mary’s Campus, Imperial College London (1995-1012).
He is currently Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Module convenor for Life Protection for both CS and T years and Academic Lead for the Investigation of Disease element (IoD) of T year for the St. George’s University of London Medical Programme delivered in Cyprus by the University of Nicosia. In addition, he is Phase I lead responsible for the first 3 years of the MD6 program. Over the years he has taught both under-graduate (MBBS) and post-graduate (MSc) students, and supervised numerous PhD students.
His research interests are concerned with the hepatitis viruses, predominantly B and C (HBV, HCV) and include the study of the mechanisms that favour viral persistence and evasion of the immune response during chronic infection, the effect of HBV variants arising during the natural history of the infection on long term disease outcome and those arising as a result of human intervention, through vaccination or antiviral treatment, as well as new approaches to treatment. Other research interests include studies on the basic molecular biology of both HBV and HCV, the role of various viral proteins in the replication of the viruses, possible interference with cellular biosynthetic or defence pathways, as well as their role in hepatocarcinogenesis. More recently, his research work has concentrated on the role of genomic HCV mutations that have been identified in isolates from immune privileged sites such as peripheral blood mononuclear cells and brain tissue, and the effect of such mutations on the replication capacity of infectious clones of the virus. He is European Editor for the Journal of Viral Hepatitis and on the editorial board of a number of other journals. He has authored well over 215 original papers and reviews in peer reviewed journals and books.
Peter McCrorie studied Biochemistry at Glasgow University. He obtained a PhD in Biochemistry at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School and moved to The London Hospital Medical School to take up a post as a Research Assistant in Haematology and subsequently as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry. He became Curriculum Co-ordinator for the new course which started at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London in 1990. He soon became Head of the Centre for Medical and Dental Education and took a full role in the planning of the 1999 curriculum at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London. He left just before the curriculum was introduced, to take up the post of Director of the 4-year MBBS Graduate Entry Programme at St George’s, University of London – the first of its kind in the UK. He was granted a personal chair in Medical Education in 2002 and was Head of the Centre for Medical and Healthcare Education until August 2012. He was appointed Associate Dean for International Affairs (Education) in 2007. He retired from St George’s In September 2015 but retains the title of Emeritus Professor of Medical Education. Since 2015, Peter McCrorie has been Dean of Medical Education at the University of Nicosia Medical School. His roles at UNic include advice & support, quality assurance, and staff development & training. Since 2016, he has added to his roles and is Assessment Lead for the 4 year graduate entry franchised MBBS programme.
Peter McCrorie also works on a consultancy basis for the General Medical Council. Until 2016, he was a trainer and Lay Assessor for the GMC Performance Procedures and a member of the Training Team for the National Clinical Assessment Service. He has been involved in the Quality Assurance of 8 UK Medical Schools on behalf of the GMC and has been Team Leader for two of these, including The University of Newcastle MBBS programme in Malaysia.
He has been involved in the training of general practitioners and other clinicians at a postgraduate level in Russia, Romania, Macedonia and Brunei. He led a St George’s team working with the Universiti Brunei Darussalam to establish a 3 year Bachelor in Health Science degree, which formed the basis for entry to the clinical courses run by specific partner medical schools in the UK, Australia and Canada.
He has worked in collaboration with universities in Australia, Japan, Ireland, Cyprus, Portugal, Malta and Italy. He has been part of a team from the Australian Medical Council validating the University of Queensland’s medical programmes in Australia, Brunei and New Orleans. He has also worked as an educational consultant for The Belgian Red Cross HIV/AIDS relief programme in Libya.
His interests lie in curriculum development, assessment, graduate entry, self-directed and problem based learning, community oriented medical education, interprofessional learning and staff development. He has published widely in the field of medical education.
Photos Hajigeorgiou is Professor of Chemistry in the MD6 programme at the University of Nicosia Medical School. Professor Hajigeorgiou holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Molecular Physics from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (1991-1993) in laser spectroscopy, and as a Research Associate at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada (1994-1995) in computational chemical physics and experimental molecular spectroscopy.
At the University of Nicosia he taught chemistry to Pre-Medical students (1999-2007), to B.Sc. Human Biology students (2005-2014), and to MD6 medical students (2014-2015). He holds a PGCert in Higher Education from the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK, since 2011. He served as Coordinator of the Pre-Medical programme (2002-2011), as Head of the Department of Life & Health Sciences (2002-2008), and as Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering (2011-2014). In 2011 he coordinated the establishment of a franchised undergraduate programme in Pharmacy in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire, and held the positions of Programme Tutor (2011) and Admissions Link Tutor (2012-2013) for the programme. During 2012-2014 he served as an elected member of the University of Nicosia Senate, and has been a member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee since its establishment in 2003. He has also served on the University of Nicosia Research Committee, the School of Sciences and Engineering Curriculum Committee, and on numerous Faculty Ranking and Faculty Evaluation Committees. He is the creator and coordinator of the University of Nicosia MCAT Preparation Course that runs yearly during the summer.
His research interests include chemical physics, diatomic molecular spectroscopy, computational chemistry, human nutrition and health, and atmospheric science. He has participated actively in funded research projects and his research work has been published in peer reviewed academic journals and presented at international conferences.
Stella Loizou is a Lecturer and the Academic PBL Lead at the University of Nicosia Medical School. Dr Loizou holds a Degree in Chemistry [Department of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece] and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Medical School, NKUA, Greece). She worked as a Post-doctoral research fellow at the Medical School, NKUA, Greece and the Chemistry Department, University of Cyprus (2009-2010). She also worked as a scientific co-operator at the State General Laboratory, Nicosia, Cyprus (2011-2012). Dr Loizou joined the Department of Life and Health Sciences of University of Nicosia in 2013 as a Researcher and a part-time Lecturer of Biology/Biochemistry. Since 2013 she is working as a PBL tutor, Clinical Communication Skills tutor and OSCEs examiner at the University of Nicosia Medical School. She has received funding from the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, Ministry of Development, Greece (2005-2008) and from the Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus (2010, 2013). Her research work has been published in refereed academic journals and international conference proceedings.
Stelios Georgiades is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Nicosia Medical School. He holds a BSc in Biological Sciences, University College London, a BA in Psychology, Middlesex University, an MSc in Clinical Psychology University of London and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey.Dr Georgiades worked at hospitals and universities in the UK for a number of years. He held positions such as Research Assistant, Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer of Psychology. Since he returned to Cyprus in 2001 he has been working as a Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist in a private practice in Nicosia. At the same time, he joined Intercollege, Nicosia as part-time Lecturer in Psychology. In 2013 he was appointed Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology as well as the Coordinator of the MSc Programme in Clinical Psychology. This appointment lasted until summer 2016 just before becoming a full-time faculty member of the University of Nicosia Medical School.
He is a member of many professional organisations in Cyprus and abroad. He has been heavily involved in research and has contributed in journal publications, conference abstracts, monographs and manual writing (EUTOPA).
Theano V Kalavana is an Assistant Professor in Health Psychology and Clinical Communication at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. She holds a BSc degree in Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece, a MSc degree in Health Psychology and a PhD degree in Psychology from the University of Cyprus.
She is currently leading the CS, T year Clinical Communications skills, Interprofessional Learning CS and T year Lead and the CS and T year Community Visits Lead for the St George’s, University of London medical programme delivered in Cyprus by the University of Nicosia Medical School. She is also the National Delegate on behalf of Cyprus at the European Health Psychology Society and she was the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the Annual European Health Psychology Conference held in Sept 2015 in Limassol Cyprus with great success.
Previously, Dr Kalavana was a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Health of the Cyprus University of Technology (2007-2012) and a visiting lecturer at the Department of Psychology University of Cyprus (2012-2013). As a Fulbright Scholar she was trained on Self-regulation at the Department of Psychology at the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and at the Wellness Institute of the Memorial Hospital of the Northwestern University in Chicago, US.
She has been awarded two research grants from Republic of Cyprus and EU Regional Development funds (300.000 euros). Her research interests include self-regulation skills in Medical Environment, Clinical Communication, patient – doctor relation, adolescents’ self-regulation and health risk behaviors, motivation and self-regulation skills for changing behaviours and mindfulness and health. Her research work has been published in international conference proceedings, refereed academic journals, and book chapters.
Panayiotis Economou is a Clinical Associate Professor of General Surgery and Clinical Anatomy at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. Panayiotis Economou also holds an MB ChB Honours Degree (University of Manchester, United Kingdom). Additionally, he is Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (F.R.C.S. Ed), a Member of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MFSTEd), a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (F.R.C.S. Eng) and a Member of the Court of Examiners for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Panayiotis Economou is the Founder, CEO and Surgeon of Saint Anastasios Clinic / Centre for Laparoscopic Operations and General Surgery Ltd. He is Ex-President of the Cyprus Surgical Society. Panayiotis Economou joined the University of Nicosia Medical School in 2011 and teaches anatomy and surgery. He is also T-year surgical block Lead. His interests include medical education, medical computing, computer programming and engineering.
His research earned him a European patent 2010 EP2171310, PCT/WIPO WO2009/003426 and a US Patent Application Publication 2010 US2010275712.
Dr Nicolaides is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Nicosia Medical School and holds an honorary appointment with St George’s, University of London. She is the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Theme Lead, Professionalism Subtheme Lead and Doctor As Professional (DaP) Domain Lead for the St. George’s University of London Medical Programme delivered in Cyprus by the University of Nicosia. Dr Nicolaides specialises in the field of Paediatric Neurology. She graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester, UK in 1985 and trained in Paediatrics in the UK (obtained the MRCP qualification in 1991), became a full member (MRCPCH) and later a fellow (FRCPCH) of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK. Between 1991- 1997 she undertook her specialist training in Paediatric Neurology in the UK and in 1997 obtained the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in Paediatric Neurology.
In 1998 she was appointed to a Consultant Paediatric Neurology post at the Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust (Alder Hey Hospital) and in Jan 2004 was appointed to the post of Consultant Paediatric Neurologist / Epileptologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, University College Hospital, (UCL), London, UK.
In Sept 2007 she returned to Cyprus, whereby she acted as a co-founder and director of the Cyprus Paediatric Neurology Institute, (CPNI) in Nicosia. She holds a contract with the Ministry of Health in Cyprus, has an affiliation with the Makarios Hospital, Nicosia and she has a visiting scientist status at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING). She currently heads the Paediatric Neurology Unit of the Neuroscience Department at the American Heart Institute, Nicosia.Dr. Nicolaides is involved in several research projects is well published and has presented her work in the UK, Europe and Cyprus.