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The 1st Department of Pathology, Medical School of the National University of Athens serves clinical diagnostics, research and training needs related to the entire range of the subject of Modern Pathology and Cytology, incorporating all new methods and techniques of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Additionally, it promotes the development of contemporary basic and applied biomedical research.

Since 2007, the 1st Department of Pathology is established at the ‘Laiko’ General Hospital of Athens and operates under the Department of Laboratory Medicine Service of the Hospital. The specialized personnel (medical staff, biologists, technical staff) has the experience and expertise to carry out specialized molecular testing related to all human system pathology in accordance with international standards.
Its research activity involves the study of diseases of the human systems with the help of conventional or modern techniques and methods at all levels in order to achieve a better understanding of their pathogenesis and biological behavior. Their study will also contribute to a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment as well as to a better definition of prognosis and of prevention methods.

The medical team members are expert pathologists with considerable amount of experience in all fields of Pathology. They have been training medical students and Pathology residents with a particular dedication, trying to connect the microscopic findings both with the underlying mechanisms of disease and with the patients' other clinical and laboratory findings. Academic teachers have been training students for 20 years since there is appropriate computer-based image analysis equipment at their disposal. While attending the laboratory exercises and clinicopathological seminars on each system of the human body, medical students become familiar with the specific clinicolaboratory data which made pathologic examination necessary through educative clinical scenarios and they are taught what information to expect from the pathologist and why it is so significant for the patient. Pathologic features are then analysed and a clinicopathologic discussion on the differential diagnosis of each case takes place. In the end, some perspectives for research fields on each disease are implied based on each tutor's specific research interests. It is evident from the member CVs that most of them possess a remarkable research activity in addition to their educational skills. The same educational concept characterizes the students' exams which are largely based on pathology images and clinicopathologic correlations.

In order to transmit this teaching experience we decided to make this web based project; in our opinion, virtual technological advances should serve scientific communication and transmission of professional experience; the latter field is the one to which modern medical education should be focused because in this way scientific knowledge can ameliorate every day medical practice.

UOA will undertake the operational and financial management of the entire project, and the overall responsibility of the project deliverables as described in WP1. P1 will be specifically responsible for the draft and final versions of the HIPON System and the required technical support throughout the project lifetime (WP2), the coordination of the set up for all e-modules, the HIPON Test in Greece and USA, the definition of criteria for selection for all implemented HIPON Test in WP4, the project diffusion strategy and the web-portal, publications in scientific journals for WP5, the project exploitation strategy, the integration of the HIPON System to UOA curriculum and to events and activities, the organization of the International conference and workshop in WP6 and the set-up of the external evaluation committee, the Evaluation report on Dissemination and Exploitation Plan and the development of the Assessment tool in WP7.

Andreas C. Lazaris, Assoc. Prof.

Dr Andreas C. Lazaris is a pathologist with a 17-year continuous teaching experience at pregraduate and postgraduate levels in the 1st Department of Pathology of the Medical School of Athens National and Kapodistrian University in Greece. His contribution to medical education has been acknowledged at his election as an Associate Professor in Pathology at the Athens University Medical School in December 2010. His scientific work includes every day practice in Diagnostic Pathology and his participation in 240 international scientific publications with approximately 3500 citations in international medical literature.

Studies
1983 – 1989: Medical student at the National University of Athens
1990 – 1994: Resident in Pathology “Hippokration” General Hospital of Athens, Postgraduate student, School of Medicine, The Athens National University
1999: Training in Great Britain

Teaching
1998 – present: Pregraduate teaching of medical students at the 1st Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, The Athens National University. Pathology tutor in 5 postgraduate study programs.

Experience
Pathologist in Greek Military Hospitals, at the General Hospital of Volos, Greece, at the 1st Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, The Athens National University -“Laikon’’ General Hospital of Athens, Greece.

Publications
Author of 240 papers in international scientific journals.

George Rassidakis, Assistant Professor

Positions and Honors
1992 – 1996: Resident in Pathology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece
1996 - 1997: Fellow in Cytopathology, “Sotiria” General and Chest Diseases Hospital, Athens, Greece
1998: Visiting Pathologist, Department of Clinical Cytopathology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
1998 - 1999: Attending Pathologist, 401 General Army Hospital, Athens, Greece
2000 - 2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Lymphoma-Myeloma, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2002 - 2004: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Hematopathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2004 - 2007: Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Department of Hematopathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2007: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Hematopathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2006 - 2011: Lecturer in Pathology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2011 – present: Assistant Professor in Pathology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Publications
Author of 113 articles in international scientific journals.

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