Ageing research in Greece

E. S. Gonos*, D. Agrafiotis, A. S. Dontas, S. Efthimiopoulos, D. Galaris, N. K. Karamanos, D. Kletsas, E. Kolettas, G. Panayotou, H. Pratsinis, K. E. Sekeri-Pataryas, D. Simoes, T. G. Sourlingas, D. Stathakos, A. J. Stratigos, N. Tavernarakis, I. P. Trougakos, C. P. Tsiganos, D. H. Vynios

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Ageing research in Greece is well established. Research groups located in universities, research institutes or public hospitals are studying various and complementary aspects of ageing. These research activities include (a) functional analysis of Clusterin/Apolipoprotein J, studies in healthy centenarians and work on protein degradation and the role of proteasome during senescence at the National Hellenic Research Foundation; (b) regulation of cell proliferation and tissue formation, a nationwide study of determinants and markers of successful ageing in Greek centenarians and studies of histone gene expression and acetylation at the National Center for Scientific Research, 'Demokritos'; (c) work on amyloid precursor protein and Presenilin 1 at the University of Athens; (d) oxidative stress-induced DNA damage and the role of oncogenes in senescence at the University of Ioannina; (e) studies in the connective tissue at the University of Patras; (f) proteomic studies at the Biomedical Sciences Research Center 'Alexander Fleming'; (g) work on Caenorhabditis elegans at the Foundation for Research and Technology; (h) the role of ultraviolet radiation in skin ageing at 'Andreas Sygros' Hospital; (i) follow-up studies in healthy elderly at the Athens Home for the Aged; and (j) socio-cultural aspects of ageing at the National School of Public Health. These research activities are well recognized by the international scientific community as it is evident by the group's very good publication records as well as by their direct funding from both European Union and USA. This article summarizes these research activities and discuss future directions and efforts towards the further development of the ageing field in Greece.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-747
Number of pages13
JournalExperimental Gerontology
Issue number6
Early online date15 Mar 2002
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2002
Externally publishedYes


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