Department of Health Sciences

The Department of Health Sciences is a dynamic new department within the school of Sciences, established in 2007, with significant achievements and contributions in the academic, societal and research arena in Cyprus and abroad. Research activities and related initiatives are gradually starting to build up, while the department maintains a strong commitment to advance and further enrich its research portfolio. Faculty involved in research come from a wide spectrum of the Health and Life Science areas, and thus the research portfolio of the department is multidisciplinary and multidimensional. Researchers have developed strong local and international networks and have made significant peer reviewed publications. Specific areas of research activities within the department include:

 

Physiotherapy

  • Risk factors, diagnostic tests, outcome measures and exercise treatment, in Patellofemoral Knee pain Syndrome
  • Management of Tendinopathy
  • Rehabilitation of Muscoloskeletal  conditions through Physiotherapy
  • Test-Retest Reliability of Handgrip Strength Measurement Using a Hydraulic Hand Dynamometer in Patients with Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Adaptation and validation of questionnaires in Greek
  • Systematic reviews to assess effectiveness of physiotherapy techniques

 

Public Health/ Nursing / Medicine

  • Variable selection methods with applications in genetics and Spatial Statistics with applications in Environmental Epidemiology
  • Geriatric Nursing-Elderly people
  • Pathological and Neurological Nursing-Quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis
  • Patients’ satisfaction received from nursing staff in the Home Care Programme run by the Ministry of Health in Cyprus
  • Role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in various medical conditions
  • The effectiveness of Botulinum toxin in Cerebral Pulsy
  • The validation of International Classification of Functionality and Health (ICF) basic core sets

 

Radiology

  • Radiosurgery and stereotactic high precision radiation, intensive modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and image guidance radiotherapy (IGRT), research in brain tumors and advanced techniques in radiation oncology.
  • Neuroradiology and interventional radiology

 

Research Laboratories

 

Title: Laboratory of Exercise, Health and Human Performance

Director:  Dr George Panayiotou

 

Description: The lab is actively involved in research projects and offers scientific support –guidance and implementation of interventional programs in high-calibre athletes as well as in special population groups (eg cardiac artery disease patients). The lab is fully equipped with the latest advances in Sport Science and consists of the sections of the "Human Performance Evaluation", "Coaching Planning & Implementation" and "Biochemical Evaluation of Athletes".

 

Research Highlights

  • Dr G. Panayiotou and Dr. A. Theodorou, in collaboration with international partners, through a project funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation developed a pioneering device, the Smart Escalator which uses eccentric exercise as a new and more effective type of physical activity for the elderly and the physically disabled people.
     
  • Dr. M Theodorou and Dr. N Poulos, received first prize for their research work titled
     
  • Associated Professor of Microbiology Dr. Mary Eleftheriadou, Coordinator of the Biological Sciences Program has won the award for Woman Scientist/Academic of the year at the Madame Figaro Awards 2013. Dr Eleftheriadou collaborates with the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology of the Harvard School of Public Health as an external consultant for the evaluation of a novel nanotechnology method for fresh produce disinfection, funded by the USDA.

 

Selected Recent Peer Reviewed Faculty Publications (2013- Onwards)

 

  1. Voutouri C., Mpekris F., Papageorgis P., Odysseos A.D. and Stylianopoulos T. Effect of constitutive behaviour and interaction with the host tissue on the state of stress and growth of solid tumors. PLoS One, 2014; 9: e104717.
  2. Neophytou C., Constantinou C., Papageorgis P. and Constantinou A.I. D-alpha-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS) induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis selectively in survivin-overexpressing breast cancer cells. Biochem. Pharmacol. 2014; 89:31-42.
  3. Pitta C., Papageorgis P., Charalambous C. and Constantinou A.I. Reversal of ER-β Silencing by Chromatin Modifying Agents Overrides acquired tamoxifen resistance. Cancer Letters 2013; 337:167-76.
  4. G. Pyrgiotakis, J. McDevitt, Y. Gao, A. Branco, M. Eleftheriadou, B. Lemos, E. Nardell and P. Demokritou. “An emerging, chemical free nanotechnology based approach for the inactivation of Mycobacteria using Engineered Water Nanostructures (EWNS)”. Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine 10, 1175-1183 (2014).
  5. K.D. Papadopoulos, J.M. Thom, J Noyes, J.G. Jones, D. Stasinopoulos. ‘The Reliability and Meaningfulness of the Anterior Knee Pain and Lower Extremity Functional Scales in Patellofemoral pain Syndrome’ (2013) The Open Sports Science Journal, Vol 6 pp26-30
  6. K.D. Papadopoulos, J Noyes, J.G. Jones, J.M. Thom, D. Stasinopoulos. ‘Clinical tests for differentiating between patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome and those without’ (2014) Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, Vol 32(1) pp35-43
  7. D.Stasinopoulos, K.D.Papadopoulos, A. Constantinou.‘Effectiveness of Iontoforesis for lateral elbow tendinopathy‘ (2013) Journal of Novel Physiotherapies, Vol 5 pp2-5
  8. K.D.Papadopoulos, L. Nardi, M. Antoniadou, D. Stasinopoulos. ‘Greek adoption and validation of the Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Severity Scale’ (2013) Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, Vol 31 pp95-99
  9. Savva, C., Giakas, G., Efstathiou, M (2014). The role of the descending inhibitory pain mechanism in musculoskeletal pain following high-velocity, low amplitude thrust manipulation. A review of the literature. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (article in press)
  10. Efstathiou, M., Stefanakis, M., Savva, C. and Giakas, G (2014) Effectiveness of neural mobilization in patients with spinal radiculopathy: A critical review. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (article in press)
  11. Savva, C., Giakas, G., Efstathiou, M. and Karagiannis, C (2014) Test-retest reliability of handgrip strength measurement using a hydraulic hand dynamometer in patients with cervical radiculopathy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutic, 37(3): 206-21
  12. Savva, C., Karagiannis, C. and Rushton, A (2013) Test-retest reliability of grip strength measurement in full elbow extension to evaluate maximum grip strength. Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), 32(8): 183-186
  13.  Savva, C. and Giakas, G (2013) The effect of cervical traction combined with neural mobilization on pain and disability in cervical radiculopathy. A case report. Journal of Manual Therapy, 18: 443-446
  14. Stasinopoulos D (2014) Patellar Tendinopathy May not be The Proper Term for Patients with Clinical Diagnosis of Patellar Tendon Disorder. Trauma monthly 19: e15301
  15. Stasinopoulos D. (2013) Achilles Tendinopathy and Lumbopelvic Stability.Rheumatology: current research 4: 126. doi:10.4172/2161-1149.1000126
  16. Stasinopoulos D, Manias P. (2013) Comparing Two Exercise Programmes for the Management of Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis)—A Controlled Clinical Trial. The Open Access Journal of Science and Technology Vol. 1, Article ID 100013, 8 pages doi:10.11131/2013/100013
  17. Stasinopoulos D., Chatzidamianos T., Cheimonidou A. (2013) Are there effective ultrasound parameters in the management of lateral elbow tendinopathy? A systematic review of the literature. International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 1:117. doi:10.4172/jpmr.1000117
  18. Stasinopoulos D, Manias P. (2013) Comparing two eccentric exercise programmes for the management of Achilles tendinopathy. A pilot trial. Br J Sports Med2013;47:e3 doi:10.1136/bjsports-2013-092558.91 Abstracts from the 3rd European College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ECOSEP) conference on 25–27 April 2013
  19. Stasinopoulos D, Manias P. (2013) Comparing two eccentric exercise programmes for the management of Achilles tendinopathy. A pilot trial Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 17:309-15
  20. Andreou E, Papandreou D, Hajigeorgiou PG, RAchaniotis N, Philippou CH, Kyriakou K, Avraam Th, Chappa G, Kallis P, Lazarou Ch, Christoforou C, Kokkinofta R, Dioghenous C, Zampelas A, Loizou L, Aletrari E.“Non-hdl and Triglycerides Are Independently Associated with Anthropometrical Indices in a Cypriot Population of Healthy Adults”, Experimental & Clinical Cardiology; Volume 20, Issue 6, 2014
  21. Lambrinou, A., Kalogirou, F., Lamnisos, D., Middleton, N. and Papathanasoglou E., “The 9-item European heart failure self-behaviour scale: A multidimensional or a uni-dimensional scale?”, Heart & Lung, 2014.
  22. Middleton, N., Kolokotroni, O., Lamnisos, D., Koutrakis, P., Yiallouros, P.K., “Prevalence of asthma and respiratory symptoms in 15-17 year-old Greek-Cypriots by proximity of residence to power plants: Cyprus 2006-2007”, Public Health, 2014.
  23. Kolokotroni, O., Papadopoulou, A., Yiallouros, P.K., Raftopoulos, V., Kouta, C., Lamnisos, D., Nicolaidou, P., Middleton, N., “Association of vitamin D with adiposity measures and other determinants in a cross-sectional study of Cypriot adolescents”, Public Health Nutrition, 2014, 1-10.
  24. Lamnisos, D., Moustaki, M., Kolokotroni, O., Koksoy, H., Faiz, M., Arifoglu, K., Milton, D. K., Middleton, N., Yiallouros, P., “Prevalence of asthma and allergies in children aged 7-8 and 13-14 from the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish -Cypriot communities in Cyprus: a bi-communal cross-sectional study ”, BMC Public Health, 2013, 13:585.
  25. Savva, S., Lamnisos, D., Kafatos, A., “Predicting cardiometabolic risk: waist-to-height ratio or BMI. A meta-analysis”, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 2013, 6.
  26. Lambrinou, A., Kalogirou, F., Lamnisos, D., Middleton, N. and Papathanasoglou E., “Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Greek version of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure questionnaire”, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 2013, doi: 10.1097/HCR.0b013e3182930cbb.
  27. Fialka-Moser V, Christodoulou N, et al. “The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine specialist in lymphoedema”. Ann Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 Jul; 56(5): 396-410.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rehab.2013.03.002.
  28. Varela-Donoso E, Christodoulou N, et al. “Role of the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine specialist regarding of children and adolescents with acquired brain injury”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013; 49 (2):213-21.
  29. Christodoulou N., Zampolini M., Berteanu M., Negrini S. “Editorial: Musculoskeletal Disorders Management and the Role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians. The European Perspective Based on the Best Evidence. Eight papers from UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 August;49(4):533-4
  30. Oral A., Ilieva E. M., Küçükdeveci A. A., Varela E., Valero R., Berteanu M., Christodoulou N. “Generalised and regional soft tissue pain syndromes. The role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 August;49(4):535-49.
  31. Küçükdeveci A. A., Oral A., Ilıeva E. M., Varela E., Valero R., Berteanu M., Chrıstodoulou N. “Inflammatory arthritis. The role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 August;49(4):551-64.
  32. Oral A., Küçükdeveci A. A., Varela E., Ilieva E., Valero R., Berteanu M., Christodoulou N. “Osteoporosis. The role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 August;49(4):565-77.
  33. Ilieva E. M., Oral A., Küçükdeveci A. A., Varela E., Valero R., Berteanu M., Christodoulou N. “Osteoarthritis. The role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 August; 49(4):579-93.
  34. Valero R, Varela E, Kucukdeveci A, Oral A, Ilieva E, Berteanu M,  Christodoulou N. “Spinal pain management. The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 October;49(5):715-25.
  35. Oral A, Ilieva E, Kucukdeveci A, Varela E, Valero R, Berteanu M,  Christodoulou N. “Local soft tissue musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 October;49(5):727-42.
  36. Varela E, Valero R, Kucukdeveci A, Oral A, Ilieva E, Berteanu M,  Christodoulou N. “Shoulder pain management. The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”.  Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 October;49(5):743-51.
  37. Varela E, Oral A, Ilieva E, Kucukdeveci A, Valero R, Berteanu M, Christodoulou N. “Musculoskeletal perioperative problems. The role of physical and rehabilitation medicine physicians. The European perspective based on the best evidence. A paper by the UEMS-PRM Section Professional Practice Committee”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 October;49(5):753-59.
  38. Franchignoni F, Ozcagar L, Michail X, Vanderstraeten G, Christodoulou N, Frischknecht R. “Publishing in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. An update on the European point of view”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013 October; 49(5):711-4.
  39. Takác P, Petrovicová J, Delarque A, Stibrant Sunnerhagen K, Neumann V, Vetra A, Berteanu M, Christodoulou N. “Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and persons with long-term disabilities”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2014 August; 50(4):453-64.
  40. Giustini A1, Varela E, Franceschini M, Votava J, Zampolini M, Berteanu M, Christodoulou N. “New technologies designed to improve functioning: the role of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Physician”. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2014 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print].
  41. Nikolaidis MG, Margaritelis NV, Paschalis V, Theodorou AA, Kyparos A, Vrabas IS. Common questions and tentative answers on how to assess oxidative stress after antioxidant supplementation and exercise. In: Antioxidants and Sports Nutrition. Ed Lamprecht M. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis, pp. 215-240, 2014.
  42. Margaritelis NV, Kyparos A, Paschalis V, Theodorou AA, Panayiotou G, Zafeiridis A, Dipla K, Nikolaidis MG, Vrabas IS. Reductive stress after exercise: The issue of redox individuality. Redox Biol. 2014; 2:520-8.
  43. Jamurtas AZ, Garyfallopoulou A, Theodorou AA, Zalavras A, Paschalis V, Deli CK, Nikolaidis MG, Fatouros IG, Koutedakis Y. A single bout of downhill transiently increases HOMA-IR without altering adipokine response in healthy adult women. Eur J Appl Physiol, 113:2925-2932, 2013. [IF: 2.7; R: 12/84 in Sports Sciences.
  44. Nikolaidis MG, Kyparos A, Spanou C, Paschalis V, Theodorou AA, Panayiotou G, Grivas GV, Zafeiridis A, Dipla K, Vrabas IS. Aging is not a barrier to muscle and redox adaptations: applying the repeated eccentric exercise model. Exp Gerontol, 48(8):734-743, 2013.
  45. Theodorou AA, Panayiotou G, Paschalis V, Nikolaidis MG, Kyparos A, Grivas GV, Vrabas IS. Stair descending exercise increases muscle strength in elderly males with chronic heart failure: preliminary data on SmartEscalator device. BMC Research Notes, 6:87, 2013.
  46. Paschalis V, Theodorou AA, Panayiotou G, Nikolaidis MG, Kyparos A, Grivas GV, Vrabas IS. Stair descending exercise using a novel automatic escalator: effects on muscle performance and health-related parameters. PLoS One, 8(2):e56218, 2013.
  47. Georgiadou, E., Panayiotou G., Orinos, N., Konstabel, K., Thrasivoulou S., Toma, M., Michael, F., Pagdati I., Poiriazi, I., Stavrou, E., & Pitsilladis G. Physical Activity Evaluation of women in Cyprus. Journal of Physical Education and Sports. (Accepted for publication)
  48. Parpottas Y, Chrysanthou I, Antoniou A, Lontos A,  Demetriadou O, Livieratos L, Polycarpou I, Christofides S. Yiannakkaras C and Kaolis D, 2014. Construction of a Respiratory Phantom to study SPECT MPI under the influence of respiratory motion. World Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 12 pp 186-220
  49. Polycarpou I, Tspumpas C., King A and Marsden P I 2013. Impact of respiratory motion correction and spatial resolution on lesion detection in PET: A simulation study based on real MR dynamic data. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 59 (3) pp.697-713
  50. Kotasidis A, Tsoumpas C, Polycarpou I and Zaidi H 2013. A 5D Computational Phantom for Pharmacokinetic Simulation Studies in Dynamic Emission Tomography. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics (in press).