Ethnikon Kai Kapodistriakon-Aanepistimion-Athinon
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), founded in 1837, is the oldest higher education institution of the modern Greek state and the first university in the Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean area. It is a public, self-governed legal entity, under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The School of Medicine is part of the School of Health Sciences and comprises 60 departments.
The Diabetes Center of the “Laikon” General Hospital, within the First Department of Propaedeutic Internal Medicine of the NKUA, is one of the largest diabetes centers in Greece and functions as a clinical, teaching and research institution in the field of diabetes. It is staffed by Faculty of Medicine (six diabetologists, a specialized diabetes nurse, a dietician, and multiple trainees in diabetes care) and has large experience in treating patients with diabetes mellitus (both type 1 and type 2) and studying and investigating all aspects of diabetes prevention and treatment in the adult population.
It has been following hundreds of people with diabetes over the previous few decades. The Diabetes Center comprises of a dedicated diabetologic outpatient clinic, an Insulin pump clinic, an obesity outpatient clinic and a dedicated diabetic foot clinic.
The Diabetes Center has been involved in many multi-center projects in the field of diabetes prevention or treatment.
Furthermore, it co-operates with the Diabetes Center in the Department of Clinical Therapeutics, NKUA, where Prof. Emeritus A. Mitrakou Fanariotou served as Head, with a registry of 3,000 patients with diabetes, with special interest in technology in diabetes treatment.
Role within MELISSA
NKUA will act as a Clinical Center, which will be recruiting patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes on basal-bolus insulin treatment. It will participate in validation and dissemination of the clinical data of the MELISSA project.It is also the leader of work package 3 (Care aspects – user requirements) that will gather input from people with diabetes and health care professionals regarding their needs, and expectations through surveys related to diabetes management and treatment as well as the users’ familiarity with diabetes-related apps.