Address:  Argonafton and Filellinon Streets,Volos 38221, GREECE

                Tel/Fax : +30-24210-74807  and +30-210-8075978

                Mobile phone : +30-6977424193



























We live in an environment that poses continual threats to our genetic material.

Ionizing irradiation, ultraviolet light from the sun and a multitude of chemical

agents (some manmade) cause alterations of our DNA.

This is particularly prominent in sensitive populations such as children

where these external factors may cause serious implications to their health.

Our research is focused on a systematic recording, assessment and investigation

of these implications using Classical and Molecular Epidemiological Methods.

The aim is to appropriately inform and educate these immediately affected populations

in order for them to take suitable preventive measures which will minimize the dangers.





Our  group  is  focused  on  the study of  environmental  factors (i.e. air pollution, sun exposure,

pesticides, water pollution, diet, smoking etc) that could cause serious health problems 

particularly to children, who constitute a very sensitive population group.

Classical and Molecular Epidemiological studies are carried out using suitable methodological

tools such as questionnaires and Molecular Biology methods.

Our goal is to inform and educate these immediately affected populations in order for

them to take suitable preventive measures which will minimize the dangers.





1.     Michalis Panayotidis, (University of Nevada). B.Sc., Ph.D.

        Visiting Professor: Diet and Cancer.


2.     Maria Koroni, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scientist :  

        Biological, Psychological and Social Aspects of Children�s



3.      Fotini Garagouni-Areou, B.Sc., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scientist:

        Effects of Environmental Factors on Children's Health and    

        School Performance.


4.     Giannis Delimaris, B.Sc., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scientist:

        Detection of DNA Damage in Humans: Molecular Epidemiological Approaches.


5.     Argyro Aggelosopoulou, B.Sc., Postgraduate Student :

       Bio-psychological Factors of Bronchial Asthma in Childhood.


6.      Maria Papanikolaou B.Sc., Postgraduate Student :

        Effects of Traffic Pollution to Children's Health.


  7.     Nantia Kontogianni, B.Sc., Research Associate:

          �Sensitivity of Children's Genetic Material (DNA) Exposed to

          External Factors.


8.      Georgia Karanastasi, B.Sc., Research Associate:

        The Bio-psychological Effects of Stress in  Single Parent






1.     M. Koroni, F. Garagouni-Areou, C. Roussi-Vergou, M.  Zafiropoulou,

        S. M. Piperakis. The Stigmatization of Obesity in Children.                  

        A Survey in Greek Elementary Schools, Appetite  2009, 52,          



2.     S. M. Piperakis, K. Kontogianni, G. Karanastasi, Z. Iakovidou-

        Kritsi,  M. M. Piperakis. The Use of Comet Assay in Measuring DNA

        Damage and Repair Efficiency in Child, Adult, and Old Age

        Populations, Cell Biology Toxicology 2009, 25, 65-71.


3.     S.M. Piperakis, A. Kritsi, F. Garagouni-Areou, X. Gialama. A Survey   

        on the Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviour of Greek Elementary  

        School Students about Oral Health and Dental Care.  Pediatric

        Dental Journal 2008, 18, 1-9.


4.     S.M.  Piperakis, F.  Garagouni-Areou, E.  Argyrakouli,                             

        A.S. Piperakis, Z. Iakovidou-Kritsi, A. Triga. A survey on Smoking

        Habits and Attitudes among Adolescents in Greece. International

       Journal of Medical Health, 2008, 20, 63-71.


5.     S. M. Piperakis, V. Papadimitriou, M. Zafiropoulou, A. S. Piperakis, 

        P. Zisis.  Dietary Habits of Greek Primary School Children.  Journal

       of Science Education and Technology, 2007, 16, 271-278.


6.     K.  Kontogianni,   N.  Messini-Nikolaki,   K.  Christou,                                 

        K. Gourgoulianis,  S. Tsilimigaki,  S.M. Piperakis. DNA Damage and

        Repair Capacity in Lymphocytes From Obstructive Sleep Apnea

        Patients.  Environmental Molecular Mutagenesis , 2007, 48, 722-727. 



7.     S. M. Piperakis, K. Kontogianni, C. Siffel, M. M. Piperakis.

        Measuring the Effects of Pesticides on Occupationally Exposed

        Humans with the Comet Assay. Environmental Toxicology, 2006,

        21, 355-359.


8.            V. Papadimitriou, S.M. Piperakis. An Investigation into the Greek

        Secondary School Graduates� Knowledge and Awareness of  Healthy

        Diet and Nutrition.  Journal of Science Education, 2005, 6, 36-40.


9.     S.M. Piperakis ,    A. Sotiriou,    E. Georgiou,   Á. Thanou,                 

        M. Zafiropoulou. Understanding Nutrition : A Study of Greek

        Primary School Children Dietary Habits, before and after Classroom

        Nutrition Intervention. Journal of Science Education and

        Technology, 2004, 13, 129-136.


10.     S.M. Piperakis, V. Papadimitriou, M.M. Piperakis and P. Zisis,

        Understanding Greek Primary School Children�s Comprehension of  

        Sun Exposure, Journal of Science Education and Technology,

        2003, 12, 135-141.