Dear Colleagues,

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I extend on behalf of the organizing committee a cordial invitation to all of you to join the 9th International Congress of Internal Medicine which will be held this year on March 9-11, 2017 in Athens, Greece.

This is a major annual event in Greece attended nationally and internationally by upwards of 600-700 attendees from all over the country and European countries and with the active participation of established international scientists and experts.

The last years the organizing and scientific committee has been focusing on a single goal: hopefully to make this congress an important scientific event beyond the Greek borders, open to friendships and collaborations, that will gain worldwide warm acceptance and recognition for its scientific merit. The success of the past congresses shows us that we walk on the right path towards this goal, enhances our passion and willingness for continuing this educational undertaking.

At this point more than 70 established international scientists and experts of great impact have already confirmed their participation as faculty members. The scientific program will also include the traditional form of the abstract based sessions and will provide young-and not only-colleagues with a great opportunity to present their work, research and clinical experience through oral presentations and e-posters covering various section fields of Internal Medicine. Therefore we encourage interested colleagues to actively participate in the programme and submit abstracts of their work through the website of the Congress.

We are confident that the Congress will represent for all participants an unforgettable personal and professional experience, and we look forward to welcoming you in Athens.

 

Best regards,

The President of the Organizing Committee
George N. Dalekos

Professor of Medicine,
President, Institute of Internal Medicine and Hepatology,
President, Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver,
Vice President, Internal Medicine Society of Northern Greece,
Head, Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine,
Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

Organizers

INSTITUTE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE & HEPATOLOGY, LARISSA, GREECE

DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE & RESEARCH LABORATORY OF INTERNAL MEDICINE,
       UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY MEDICAL SCHOOL, LARISSA, GREECE
       Director: Professor G.N. Dalekos

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (BOARD MEMBERS OF THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNAL MEDICINE & HEPATOLOGY)
President: G.N. Dalekos
Members: K. Krapis K.P. Makaritsis C. Mandros G. Ntaios
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE  & FACULTY MEMBERS 
M. Akova A. Alexopoulou Q. Anstee I. Baskozos M. Blank
S. Blot Y. de Boer M. Burnier H.R. van Buuren L. Christou
G.L. Daikos G.N. Dalekos M. Dichgans G.D. Dimitriadis G. Dimopoulos
Μ.Α. Dimopoulos S. Dourakis M. Ekstedt Μ. Elisaf J. Ferro
A. Floreani Ν.K. Gatselis S. Georgiadou L. Guillevin C. Hadjichristodoulou
S.J. Hadziyannis Α. Hatzitolios G. Hirschfield T. Hofmann G. Kees Hovingh
C. Jamin J. Jordan Ν.L. Katsilambros M. Kohrmann J. Koskinas
V. Kotsis C. Labropoulou-Karatza R. Liberal G. Lip J.A. Lopes
Κ.P. Makaritsis Ε. Maltezos P.M. Mannucci M.N. Manoussakis C. Marañón
H. Mattle F. Menichetti D.L. Menucci N. Montano P. Montravers
V. Mouchtouri H.Μ. Moutsopoulos P. Nilsson G. Ntaios C.J. Packard
R. Pálsson N. Papanas G. Papatheodoridis D. Papazoglou A. Parés
T.R. Pedersen G. Petrikkos J. Putaala V. Ratziu Y. Renaudineau
Ε.I. Rigopoulou Κ. Ritis M. Rizzo D. Samonakis M. Samson
D. Sereni P.P. Sfikakis K. Spengos A. Stefos D. Strbian
H. Toplaks Ε.V. Tsianos E.A. Tsochatzis S. Unal P. Valensi
Κ. Vemmos D. Vergani P.G. Vlachoyiannopoulos H. Wedemeyer C. Weimar
C. Yurdaydin Κ. Zachou A. Zanchetti D. Ziegler

In cooperation with:

logo_hasl HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE LIVER

HELLENIC STROKE ORGANIZATION

BOARD OF THE HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE LIVER

President: G.N. Dalekos
Vice President: G. Papatheodoridis
Gen. Secretary: E. Cholongitas
Treasurer: A. Alexopoulou
Member: C. Triantos

Endorsed by:

efim EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF INTERNAL MEDICINE

fdime_logo FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE IN EUROPE

Under the auspices of:

MINISTRY OF HEALTH, GREECE

UTH logo UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY MEDICAL SCHOOL, LARISSA, GREECE

SPEAKERS confirmed

COUNTRIES

DAYS

Preliminary Scientific Program


The Congress has been accredited with 18 Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits by
the Panhellenic Medical Association.
09:00 – 10:30
ORAL PRESENTATIONS - Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases

DEVELOPMENT OF CARDIOVASCULAR IMPLANTS UTILIZING THE HUMAN UMBILICAL ARTERY
1,4Panagiotis Mallis, 1Efstathios Michalopoulos, 2Michalis Katsimpoulas, 3Daniele Dipresa, 3Sotiris Korossis, 4Aggeliki Papapanagiotou, 1Catherine Stavropoulos-Giokas

1Hellenic Cord Blood Bank (HCBB), Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens, Greece
2Center of Clinical, Experimental Surgery and Translational Research, Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece
3Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
4School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VITAMIN D LEVELS AND DIFFERENT CARDIOVASCULAR RISK SCORES IN PATIENTS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS
Ridvan Sivritepe, Sema Basat, Damla Ortaboz

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Health Sciences Umraniye Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VITAMIN D LEVEL AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION IN MALE PATIENTS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS
1Sema Basat, 1Rıdvan Sivritepe, 1Damla Ortaboz, 1Ecem Sevim Çalık, 2Eyüp Veli Küçük,2 Berkan Şimşek, 3Sabri Atay, 4Arzu Çalışgan

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Health Sciences Umraniye Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Urology, University of Health Sciences Umraniye Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3Kartal Uğur Mumcu Family Healty Center, Istanbul, Turkey
4Medstats Analysis and Consulting Company, Istanbul, Turkey

NON-VITAMIN-K-ANTAGONIST ORAL ANTICOAGULANTS VERSUS WARFARIN IN PATIENTS WITH ATRIAL FIBRILLATION AND PREVIOUS STROKE OR TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK
1George Ntaios, 2Vasileios Papavasileiou, 3Hans-Chris Diener, 4Konstantinos P. Makaritsis, 4Patrik Michel

1Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
2Stroke Service, Department of Neurosciences, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Medical School, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
3Department of Neurology and Stroke Center, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany
4Stroke Center, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

ASSOCIATION BETWEEN OSTEOARTHRITIS AND SARCOPENIA IN GERIATRIC PATIENTS WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS (T2DM)
1Sema Ucak, 1Rıdvan Sivritepe, 1Damla Ortaboz, 1Ecem Sevim Çalık, 2Sabri Atay, 3Arzu Çalışgan

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Health Sciences Umraniye Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Kartal Uğur Mumcu Family Health Center, Istanbul, Turkey
3Medstats Consulting Limited Company, Istanbul, Turkey

AGE- AND SEX-SPECIFIC ANALYSIS OF CHARACTERISTICS AND OUTCOMES OF PATIENTS WITH EMBOLIC STROKE OF UNDETERMINED SOURCE
1George Ntaios, 2Gregory Y.H. Lip, 3Konstantinos Vemmos, 3Eleni Koroboki, 3Efstathios Manios, 3Anastasia Vemmou, 4Ana Rodríguez-Campello, 4Elisa Cuadrado-Godia, 4Jaume Roquer, 5Valentina Arnao, 5Valeria Caso, 5Maurizio Paciaroni, 6Exuperio Diez-Tejedor, 6Blanca Fuentes, 6Josefa Pérez Lucas, 7Antonio Arauz, 8Sebastian F. Ameriso, 8Lucía Pertierra, 8Maia Gómez-Schneider, 9Maximiliano A. Hawkes, 10Fabio Bandini, 11Beatriz Chavarria Cano, 11Ana Maria Iglesias Mohedano, 11Andrés García Pastor, 11Antonio Gil-Núñez, 12Jukka Putaala, 12,13Turgut Tatlisumak, 14Miguel A. Barboza, 1George Athanasakis, 15Fotios Gioulekas, 1Konstantinos Makaritsis, 1,16Vasileios Papavasileiou

1Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
2University of Birmingham Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK
3Department of Clinical Therapeutics, Medical School of Athens, Alexandra Hospital, Athens, Greece
4Stroke Unit, Department of Neurology, Hospital del Mar. Neurovascular Research Group, IMIM-Hospital del Mar (Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
5Stroke Unit, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
6Department of Neurology and Stroke Center, La Paz University Hospital - Autónoma University of Madrid, IdiPAZ Health Research Institute, Madrid, Spain
7Stroke Clinic. Instituto Nacional de Neurología y Neurocirugía Manuel Velasco Suárez, Mexico City, Mexico
8Department of Neurology, Institute for Neurological Research, FLENI, Buenos Aires, Argentina
9Department of Neurology, Division of Critical Care Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
10Department of Neurology, S. Paolo Hospital, Savona, Italy
11Vascular Neurology Section, Stroke Center, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, IiSGM Health Research Institute, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
12Department of Neurology, Helsinki University Central Hospital and University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
13Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Department of Neurology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
14Neurosciences Department, Hospital Dr. Rafael A. Calderón Guardia, CCSS. University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
15Sub-directorate of Informatics, Larissa General University Hospital, Larissa, Greece
16Stroke Service, Department of Neurosciences, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Medical School, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN MORTALITY AMONG STATIN USERS AGED 80 YEARS OR MORE
1,2Dan Justo, 3Mark Tchernichovsky, 1Anjelika Kremer, 4Shany Sherman, 4Marina Ioffe, 2,4Haim Mayan

1Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics D, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel
2Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
3Rappaport School of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
4Department of Internal Medicine E, Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, Israel

EVALUATION OF THE URIC ACID AS SUBCLINICAL MALNUTRITION INDICATOR
1Guven Koc, 1Sibel Ocak Serin, 2Hakan Kocoglu, 2Yildiz Okuturlar, 1Ridvan Sivritepe, 1Tulay Eyupgiller, 3Gulay Turan, 1Sema Ucak Basat

1Department of Internal Medicine, Umraniye Education and Research Hospital, Health Sciences University, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Internal Medicine, Bakirkoy Dr. Sadi Konuk Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
3Department of Internal Medicine, Private Safa Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

SCREENING FOR FABRY DISEASE IN TWO GREEK NEPHROLOGY DEPARTMENTS
1Christos Paliouras, 2Stamatia Kouzouka, 1Konstantinos Roufas,1Giorgos Ntetskas, 1 Fotini Lambrianou, 1Nikolaos Karvouniaris, 1Emmanouil Anastasakis

1Hematology Department of General Hospital of Rhodes, Rhodes, Greece
2Nephrology Department of General Hospital of Kos, Kos, Greece

Chairpersons: Konstantinos P. Makaritsis (Larissa, Greece)
Vasileios Papavasileiou (Leeds, UK)

Importance of European registries on rare liver diseases: The paradigm of autoimmune hepatitis
Rodrigo Liberal (London, UK)

Chairperson: Dimitrios Samonakis (Heraklion, Greece)

Should we treat everyone above 60 years with a statin?
Chris J Packard (Glasgow, UK)
Familial hypercholesterolemia diagnosis and treatment: Can we perform better?
G. Kees Hovingh (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
PCSK9 inhibition: What is hot in 2017?
Terje Rolf Pedersen (Oslo, Norway)

Chairperson: Moses Elisaf (Ioannina, Greece)

Pros
Michel Burnier (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Cons
Alberto Zanchetti (Milan, Italy)

Chairperson: Alberto Zanchetti (Milan, Italy)

Hellenic Stroke Organization

Stroke in the young
Jukka Putaala (Helsinki, Finland)
Drug-induced stroke
Jose Ferro (Lisbon, Portugal)
Can we predict thrombolysis-associated symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage?
Daniel Strbian (Helsinki, Finland)
Management of intracranial artery stenosis
Christian Weimar (Essen, Germany)

Chairpersons: Jose Ferro (Lisbon, Portugal), George Ntaios (Larissa, Greece)

Hellenic Stroke Organization

Patent foramen ovale in cryptogenic stroke: Closure, antiplatelets or anticoagulants?
Heinrich Mattle (Bern, Switzerland)
Optimal strategy for detection of atrial fibrillation in patients with cryptogenic stroke
Martin Kohrmann (Essen, Germany)
Acute treatment in patients with acute ischemic stroke treated with oral anticoagulants
George Ntaios (Larissa, Greece)

Chairpersons: Heinrich Mattle (Bern, Switzerland), Konstantinos Spengos (Athens, Greece)

Welcome

Inaugural Lecture
Improving health care by innovations and clinical research
Daniel Sereni (Paris, France)
President of the Federation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME)

08:30 – 10:00
ORAL PRESENTATIONS - Gastroenterology/Hepatology (A)

INTERFERON-INDUCED PROTEIN-10 (IP10) AT ENTECAVIR (ETV) OR TENOFOVIR (TDF) DISCONTINUATION IN NON-CIRRHOTIC HBeAg-NEGATIVE CHRONIC HEPATITIS B (CHBe-) CANNOT PREDICT SUBSEQUENT RELAPSES. DARING-B: PROSPECTIVE GREEK STUDY
Margarita Papatheodoridi,Emilia Hadziyannis, Eirini Rigopoulou, Kalliopi Zachou, Vasilis Xourafas, Aggeliki Lyberopoulou, Nikolaos K. Gatselis, Spilios Manolakopoulos, George N. Dalekos, George Papatheodoridis

1) Department of Gastroenterology, Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece
2) 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece
3) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

CHARACTERISTICS OF PATIENTS WITH WILSON’S DISEASE IN A SINGLE-CENTER IN GREECE: LAST 3 DECADES OF EXPERIENCE
Spyridon Savvanis, Maria Tampaki, Emmanouil Koullias, Melanie Deutsch, Emmanouil Manesis, John Koskinas

1) Academic Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School of Athens, Hippokration General Hospital, Athens, Greece

CHARACTERISTICS OF GREEK MALE PATIENTS WITH PRIMARY BILIARY CHOLANGITIS (PBC)
Kalliopi Azariadi, Vasiliki Ligoyra, Kalliopi Zachou, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Asterios Saitis, Nikolaos K. Gatselis, George K. Koukoulis, George N. Dalekos

1) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
2) Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

SEVERE ACUTE NON-A, NON-B, NON-C HEPATITIS WITH AUTOIMMUNE FEATURES: CONSIDER ACUTE HEPATITIS E VIRUS (HEV) INFECTION NOT JUST AUTOIMMUNE HEPATITIS (AIH)
Kalliopi Azariadi, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Nikolaos K. Gatselis, George K. Koukoulis, George N. Dalekos, Kalliopi Zachou

1) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
2) Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

SERUM HUMAN BETA-DEFENSIN-1 IS AN ACCURATE PREDICTOR OF SHORT-TERM MORTALITY IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE-ON-CHRONIC LIVER FAILURE
Danai Agiasotelli, Ilianna Mani, Larisa Vasilieva, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Emilia Hadziyannis, Dimitris Goukos, George L. Daikos, Spyros P. Dourakis

1) 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Hippokration General Hospital, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2) 1st Department of Propedeutic Medicine, Laiko General Hospital, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

CHRONIC HEPATITIS C PATIENTS WITH GENOTYPE 5, TREATED WITH NEWER ANTIVIRAL DRUGS
Giorgos Ntetskas, Vasileios Papastergiou, Eystathia Anastasiou, Nikitas Katsilis, Anna Katsili, Maria Stampori, Chrisostomos Pselas, Athanasios Hastas, Dimitra Kozikopoulou, Stilianos Karatapanis

1) 1st Department of Internal Medicine, General Hospital of Rhodes, Rhodes, Greece

PATIENTS WITH HAEMOGLOBINOPATHIES AND CHRONIC HEPATITIS C: A REALLY DIFFICULT TO TREAT POPULATION IN 2016?
Kalliopi Zachou, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Nikolaos K. Gatselis, Kalliopi Azariadi, Georgia Papadamou, Eirini Rigopoulou, George N. Dalekos

1) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

THE ROLE OF THE NLRP3 INFLAMMASOME AND THE ACTIVATION OF IL-1β IN THE PATHOGENESIS OF CHRONIC VIRAL HEPATIC INFLAMMATION
Adam Molyvdas, Urania Georgopoulou, Themistoklis Vassiliadis, Prodromos Hytiroglou, Anastasios E. Germenis, Georgios Germanidis, Matthaios Speletas

1) Department of Immunology and Histocompatibility, University of Thessaly, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Larissa, Greece 2) Pasteur Institute, Athens, Greece
3) First Department of Internal Medicine, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece
4) Department of Pathology, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece
5) Third Department of Internal Medicine, Papageorgiou Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

THE CURRENT RECOMMENDED TREATMENT WITH 2ND GENERATION DAAS IN CHRONIC HEPATITIS C IN GREECE-TOLERATION AND VIROLOGICAL RESPONSE
Andreas Kapatais,Solon Solomou, Dimitrios Karagiannakis, Evaggelia Ouranou, Ekaterini Kitna, Becator Latsis, Alexia Theofilou, Stefanos Tigas, Antonios Loutountzis, Theofani Karaoulani

1) Internal Medicine Department, General Hospital Western Attiki -General Hospital “Agios Panteleimon”, Nikaia, Pireaus, Greece
2) 1st Department of Internal Medicine, General Hospital “Agios Panteleimon”- General Hospital Western Attiki, Nikaia, Pireaus, Greece
3) Department of Gastroenterology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece
4) Biopathology Medicine Department, General Hospital Western Attiki-General Hospital “Agios Panteleimon”, Nikaia, Pireaus, Greece

Chairpersons: M. Deutsch (Athens, Greece)
R. Liberal (London, UK)

POSTINFANTILE GIANT CELL HEPATITIS (PIGCH): A RARE HISTOLOGICAL PRESENTATION OF AUTOIMMUNE HEPATITIS (AIH) LEADING TO FULMINANT LIVER FAILURE
Pinelopi Arvaniti, Kalliopi Azariadi, Vasiliki Lygoura, Nikolaos Gatselis, George K. Koukoulis, George N. Dalekos, Kalliopi Zachou

1) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
2) Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

LOW SURVIVAL IN PATIENTS WITH DECOMPENSATED CIRRHOSIS AND GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT COLONIZATION BY MULTIDRUG RESISTANT BACTERIA
Sophia Pouriki, Georgia Vrioni, Helen Sambatakou, Larisa Vasilieva, Iliana Mani,Alexandra Alexopoulou, Spyros P. Dourakis

1) 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Hippokration General Hospital, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2) Department of Microbiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

SCREENING OF LIFE STYLE FACTORS IN SLOVAK LIVER OUTPATIENTS
Maria Szantova, Lubomir Skladany, Martin Janicko, Marek Rac, Martin Zima, Zuzana Meszarosova, Zuzana Durkovicova, Viera Kupcova, Svetlana Adamcova Selcanova, Maria Belovicova

1) 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Faculty of Comenius University Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
2) 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital of FD Roosevelt, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
3) Dept. of Internal Medicine of University PJ Safarik Kosice, Slovakia
4) Department of Internal Medicine University Hospital KF, Nitra, Slovakia
5) 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Nove Zamky, Slovakia

CAUSATIVE DISTRIBUTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGIC DATA OF LIVER CIRRHOSIS
Xanthi Koufomichali, Dimitrios Charitos, Christina Ellina, Athina Eleftheriadou, Christina Karampampa, Evangelos Michelakis, Ioannis Minardos, Christiana Kaliouli, Larisa Karasavidou, Christos Drakoulis

1) Hepatology Outpatient Clinic, 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, General State Hospital of Nikaia-Piraeus “Agios Panteleimon”, Athens, Greece
2) Department of Radiology, General State Hospital of Nikaia-Piraeus “Agios Panteleimon", Athens, Greece
3) Immunology Department General State Hospital of Nikaia-Piraeus “Agios Panteleimon” , Athens, Greece

HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA (HCC) IN MULTITRANSFUSED PATIENTS WITH THALASSEMIA MAJOR (TM) IN GREECE: RISK FACTORS, CHARACTERISTICS AND THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES
Dimitrios Kountouras, Antonis Kattamis, Alexandra Kouraklis, Evanggelos Klironomos, Ioannis Lafiatis, Fotini Petropoulou, Konstantinos Maragkos, Kallistheni Farmaki, Artemis Vasileiadi, John Koskinas

1) Hepatology Department, Hygeia-Mitera Hospital, Athens, Greece
2) A Academic Department of Paediatrics, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
3) B Academic Department of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece
4) Hematology Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
5) Transfusion Unit, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
6) Transfusion Unit, Vostanion Hospital of Lesvos, Mytilene, Greece
7) Transfusion Unit, General State Hospital, Athens, Greece
8) Transfusion Unit, Hippokration Hospital, Athens, Greece
9) Transfusion Unit, General Hospital of Hania, Hania, Greece
10) Transfusion Unit, General Hospital of Korinth, Korinth, Greece

ILEO-COLONOSCOPY, CARDIO-RESPIRATORY DISEASES AND ADEQUATE SEDATION
Nikolaos V. Chrysanthos, Niki Mpardatsou, Evagelia Anagnostopoulou, Popi Alexandraki

1) Gastrointestinal Department, St. George General Hospital of Chania, Chania, Greece
2) Department of Anesthesiology, St. George General Hospital of Chania, Chania, Greece

PERSISTENT INTESTINAL INFLAMMATION LEADS TO SURGICAL INTERVENTION IN CROHN’S PATIENTS: A NESTED CASE-CONTROL STUDY
Polychronis Pavlidis, Alexandra Cockroft, Ingvar Bjarnason, Bu'Hussain Hayee

1) Department of Gastroenterology, King's College Hospital, London, UK
2) King's College London, UK

MEAN TROUGH LEVELS OF EVEROLIMUS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA RECURRENCE AFTER LIVER TRANSPLANTATION
Theodora Oikonomou,Evangelos Cholongitas, Ioannis Goulis, Christina Tondikidi, Marianna Diavasti, Konstantina Vaitsi, Eugenia Voudouri, Ioannis Fouzas, Evangelos Akriviadis, Vasileios Papanikolaou

1) 4th Department of Internal Medicine, Hippokration General Hospital, Medical School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
2) Department of Transplant Surgery, Hippokration General Hospital, Medical School Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

EVALUATION OF POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS RICH FOODS INTAKE ON GENETICALLY SUSCEPTIBLE INDIVIDUALS: THE HELLENIC NAFLD STUDY
Ioanna Panagiota Kalafati, Maria Dimitriou, Dimitra Borsa, Efstathia Zogkza-Frantzeskaki, Venetia Bazioti, John Vlachogiannakos, Konstantinos Revenas, Alexander Kokkinos, Spyridon D. Ladas, George V. Dedoussis

1) Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Health Science and Education, Harokopio University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2) Radiology Department, General Hospital of Athens “Laiko”, Athens, Greece
3) First Department of Propaedeutic Medicine, General Hospital of Athens “Laiko”, Athens, Greece

Chairpersons: Sotirios Georgopoulos (Athens, Greece)
Evangelos Cholongitas (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Epidemiology, definition and diagnosis of obesities
Hermann Toplak (Graz, Austria)
Obesity, impaired glucose metabolism and vascular changes
Peter Nilsson (Malmo, Sweden)
Mechanisms of obesity induced hypertension
Vasilios Kotsis (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Novel drugs in the treatment of obesity
Jens Jordan (Hannover, Germany)

Chairpersons: Hermann Toplak (Graz, Austria), Peter Nilsson (Malmo, Sweden)

Hellenic Association for the Study of the Liver

Chronic hepatitis B: Discontinuation of oral antivirals
Stephanos J. Hadziyannis (Athens, Greece)
Chronic hepatitis C: Challenges in special populations
Heiner Wedemeyer (Hannover, Germany)
Chronic hepatitis delta: An update
Cihan Yurdaydin (Ankara, Turkey)

Chairpersons: Stephanos J. Hadziyannis (Athens, Greece), John Koskinas (Athens, Greece)

Hellenic Diabetes Association

Novel approaches to manage dyslipidaemia, NAFLD and CV risk in type 2 diabetes
Manfredi Rizzo (Palermo, Italy)
Silent myocardial ischaemia in diabetes: new developments
Paul Valensi (Paris, France)
Diabetic neuropathy: new developments in early diagnosis and treatment
Dan Ziegler (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Chairpersons: Nikolaos Papanas (Alexandroupolis, Greece), George Dimitriadis (Athens, Greece)


Treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis: Questions and concerns
Loic Guillevin (Paris, France)
Biological-targeted treatments in giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis
Maxime Samson (Dijon, France)
Primary Sjögren’s syndrome: How to improve specific treatment?
Yves Renaudineau (Brest, France)
Axial spondyloarthritis and psoriatic arthritis: Emerging treatment strategies
Menelaos N. Manoussakis (Athens, Greece)

Chairpersons: Loic Guillevin (Paris, France), Yves Renaudineau (Brest, France)

Choosing antibiotics in difficult to treat staphylococcal infections
Francesco Menichetti (Pisa, Italy)
Optimizing treatment strategies in S. aureus bacteremia
Serhat Unal (Ankara, Turkey)

Chairperson: Serhat Unal (Ankara, Turkey)

Hellenic Stroke Organization

TBA

Chairperson: Konstantinos Vemmos (Athens, Greece)

European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM)

European Curriculum of Internal Medicine
Runólfur Pálsson (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Choosing wisely: To be or not to be – that’s the question
Nicola Montano (Milan,Italy)
The role of EFIM publications for trainees and specialists
Pier Mannuccio Mannucci (Milan,Italy)

Chairpersons: Pier Mannucio Mannucci (Milan, Italy), George N. Dalekos (Larissa, Greece)

Selecting the appropriate antithrombotic strategy in atrial fibrillation
Gregory Lip (Birmingham, UK)

Chairperson: George Ntaios (Larissa, Greece)
08:30 – 09:30
ORAL PRESENTATIONS - Infectious Diseases

THE INFLUENCE OF ILLNESS DURATION BEFORE DIAGNOSIS OVER THE CLINICAL CHARACTERISTICS IN PATIENTS WITH BRUCELLOSIS
Mile Bosilkovski,Dijana Siskova, Silvana Miskova, Marjan Zezoski

1) Medical Faculty “Ss Cyril and Methodius” University, Skopje, FYROM
2) Department for Infectious diseases, Medical Center Shtip, FYROM
3) Department for Infectious diseases, Medical Center Veles, FYROM
4) Department for Infectious diseases, Medical Center Prilep, FYROM

PREVALENCE OF HEMATOGENOUS TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS IN BLOOD DONORS POPULATION IN THE LAST 5 YEAR PERIOD
Eymorfia Vamvaka, Dorothea Hatzidaki, Attalia Ferke, Eyangellos Aggelou, Giorgos Ntetskas, Vasileios Papastergiou, Eystathia Anastasiou, Stilianos Karatapanis

1) Blood Transfusion Unit1, General Hospital of Rhodes, Rhodes, Greece
2) Microbiology Department, General Hospital of Rhodes, Rhodes, Greece
3) 1st Department of Internal Medicine, General Hospital of Rhodes, Rhodes, Greece

COULD COAGULASE NEGATIVE STAPHYLOCOCCUS ISOLATION BE SIGNIFICANT POST FOREIGN BODY REMOVAL? A CLINICAL CASE OF LATE-ONSET VENTRICULITIS
Sarah Thompson,Samantha Simpkins, Aggelos Stefos, Elizabeth Jane Minton, Vasileios Papavasileiou

1) Stroke Services, Department of Neurosciences, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
2) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
3) Infectious Diseases Service, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, UK
4) School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

INFLAMMATORY SYNDROME AS INITIAL MANIFESTATION OF RETROPERITONEAL TUBERCULOSIS IN A PREGNANT WOMAN
Marwene Grira, Sophie Durieux-Paillard, Laurent Getaz, Jean-Paul Janssens

1) Division of Primary Care Medicine, Department of Community Medicine, Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
2) Migrant health Program, Division of Primary Care Medicine, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
3) Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine Specialties, University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

PERITONEAL FLUID CULTURE EVALUATION IN A GENERAL HOSPITAL IN A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD
Nikolaos Zotos, Eirini Tatsina, Apostolina Papadopoulou, Evaggelia Chrisostomou, Eleni Mosheta, George Katagis, Christos Briasoulis, Christos Mitsis, Christos Georgiou, Anastasia Pournou

1) Microbiology Department, General Hospital of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece
2) Microbiology Department, General Hospital of Grevena, Grevena, Greece
3) Microbiology Department, General Hospital of Preveza, Preveza, Greece

PREDICTORS OF LOWER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS (LRTI) IN ELDERLY PATIENTS REQUIRING HOSPITALIZATION
Panagiota Voukelatou, Ioannis Vrettos, Athina Bitsikokou, Areti Ragkou, Vasilios Anastasopoulos, Andreas Kalliakmanis

1) 2nd Department of Internal Medicine, General and Oncology Hospital of Kifissia “Agioi Anargyroi”, Athens, Greece

Chairpersons: Eleni Boutati (Athens, Greece),
Efthymia Giannitsioti (Athens, Greece)

PROLONGED FEBRILE ILLNESS (PFI) REVISITED: A RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF A SINGLE TERTIARY REFERRAL CENTER EXPERIENCE IN CENTRAL GREECE
Erietta Polychronopoulou, Pinelopi Arvaniti, Anna Samakidou, Leonidas Mavroidis, Konstantinos Makaritsis, George N. Dalekos, Kalliopi Zachou

1) Department of Medicine and Research Laboratory of Internal Medicine, Medical School, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL FOODS FOR THE TROFOSTAZ
Taganmyrat Hojageldiyev, Bahar Arashova, Yklym Bolmammedov

1) Pharmacology Department, State Medical University of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

ALTERNATIVES ON ADMISSION TO A CHRONIC-MULTIMORBIDITY UNIT
Raquel Rodil, Vincenzo Malafarina, Paula Mendoza, María Ruiz, Gregorio Tiberio

1) Internal Medicine, Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, Navarra, Spain
2) Geriatric Medicine, Complejo Hospitalario de Navarra, Navarra, Spain

EVALUATION OF MORTALITY CAUSES OF THE LAST 10 YEARS IN DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES UMRANIYE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH HOSPITAL
Sema Ucak, Rıdvan Sivritepe, Ayşe Nilüfer Özaydın, Damla Ortaboz, Ecem Sevim Çalık, Arzu Çalışgan

1) Department of Internal Medicine, University of Health Sciences Umraniye Education and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2) Department of Public Health, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
3) Medstats Consulting Limited Company, Istanbul, Turkey

ASSOCIATION OF SERUM TUMOR MARKERS CEA AND CA 15-3 WITH OXIDATIVE STRESS AND BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) IN DIFFERENT SUBTYPES OF BREAST CANCER
Eleftheria Daridou, Evgenia Lymperaki, Stylianos Kakoliris, Ioanna Balgouranidou, Theodora Gioka

1) Medical Laboratory Science, Alexandrion Technological Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
2) General University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis, Greece

ESTIMATION OF OXIDATIVE STRESS BIOMARKERS IN PATIENTS WITH HEMATOLOGICAL MALIGNANCIES
Ioannis Tsamesidis, Eugenia Lymperaki, Kali Makedou, Stavros Iliadis, Anna Pekou, Athanasios Tsagkadouras, Claudio Fozza

1) University of Verona, Department of Medicine, Verona, Italy
2) Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Medical Laboratory Science, Thessaloniki, Greece
3) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
4) University of Sassari, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Sassari, Italy

Chairpersons: M. Voulgarelis (Athens, Greece),
V. Lambadiari (Athens, Greece)

Global health and population movements
Varvara Mouchtouri (Larissa, Greece)
The role of points of entry (ports, airports, ground, crossings) in global health security
Daniel Lins Menucci, WHO Headquarters (Lyon, France)
The impact of the International Health Regulations 2005 in global health security
Thomas Hoffman, WHO Euro (Copenhagen, Denmark))
The role of European Union in the global health security
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Chairpersons: Christos Hadjichristodoulou (Larissa, Greece), Ioannis Baskozos (Athens, Greece)

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Chairperson: Runólfur Pálsson (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Autoimmune serology: The strategy, methodology and clinical governance
Diego Vergani (London, UK)

Chairperson: Panayiotis G. Vlachoyiannopoulos (Athens, Greece)

Scientific and practical aspects of registries in primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)
Henk R.van Buuren (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
PBC: Old and novel therapies
Annarosa Floreani (Padova, Italy)
Variant syndromes: Classification and management
Albert Pares (Barcelona, Spain)
Deranged cholestatic enzymes in a patient with inflammatory bowel disease: What to do?
Gideon Hirschfield (Birmingham, UK)

Chairpersons: Gideon Hirschfield (Birmingham, UK), Henk R. van Buuren (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Disease specific IVIG to treat diverse autoimmune diseases
Miri Blank (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Chairperson: Nikolaos K. Gatselis (Larissa, Greece)

Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP): could be realistic?
Stijn Blot (Ghent, Belgium)
Reducing the antifungal drugs consumption in the ICU
Philippe Montravers (Paris, France)
Fighting multi-drug resistant (MDR) pathogens in the ICU
Murat Akova (Ankara, Turkey)

Chairperson: George Dimopoulos (Athens, Greece)

Steatosis and metabolic risk factors: Who is at risk of liver disease progression
Mattias Ekstedt (Linköping, Sweden)
NAFLD genetics
Quentin Anstee (Newcastle, UK)
Non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis in NAFLD
Emmanuel Tsochatzis (London, UK)
Novel pharmacotherapy options for NASH
Vlad Ratziu (Paris, France)

Chairpersons: Vlad Ratziu (Paris, France), Emmanuel A. Tsochatzis (London, UK)

The coagulopathy of chronic liver disease
Pier Mannuccio Mannucci (Milan, Italy)

Chairperson: Spyridon Dourakis (Athens, Greece)

Diagnostic accuracy of lymphocyte subset profiling in autoimmune diseases
Christoph Jamin (Brest, France)
Myeloid populations are altered in systemic autoimmune diseases
Concepción Marañón (Granada, Spain)

Chairperson: Yves Renaudineau (Brest, France)

Diagnostic evaluation of suspected DILI
Ynto de Boer (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Management and outcome of DILI in patients with or without chronic liver disease
Alexandra Alexopoulou (Athens, Greece)

Chairperson: Annarosa Floreani (Padova, Italy)

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