"Αιεν αριστεύειν" "Always best"
3-5 November 2017
President: Grammaticos Philip, Vice-President: Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi, Secretary: Kokkas Vasileios, Treasurer: Giannoulis Eleftherios, Members: Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Foroglou Pericles, Melfou Fani, Loufopoulos Aristidis, Efthymiadis George, Papavramidou Niki
We welcome you all and hope that you will experience a fruitful and pleasant stay during the 4th Medical Olympiad.
It is well known that working on prototype research of social interest is preferred than working on research in order to increase our C.V. Quality versus quantity of papers from all medical specialties, medical pharmacology and technology is what we wish to have.
One way to improve quality of our research is communicate with other colleagues, from all medical specialties discussing and evaluating our scientific work. This is what we wish to have in the Olympiads.
Medicine is considered the most important among all sciences. According to Hippocrates, medicine is the only science that can treat disease and offer better conditions of living. Socrates considered that a physician as being an “educated man” should express honesty, reason, humility and should control his pleasures. We may add that physicians when treating others can retrieve happiness.
The schedule of the Olympiad is organized very carefully, as to be concise and offer useful prototype knowledge. The first prize is dedicated to the distinguished medical scientist Anastasios Tousimis from Meryland.
In the 4th Olympiad we shall have for the first time an additional contest similar to that in ancient medical Olympiads, in Efessos. Three sets of questions will be distributed to all patricians and the best asses will be rewarded. This event is dedicated to the distinguished medical scientist George Sfakianakis from Florida.
Furthermore, for the first time we shall have a working lunch meeting of the advisors and members of the administrative board. This meeting will take place in the premises of our association in Hermou 51 street, 6th floor, on Saturday evening, 4th of November 2017.
On Sunday morning November 5 2017 all participants and friends are requested to participate to an excursion to Alexander the Great capital, Pella-museum, to Edessa falls and museum of living reptiles, and to Loutraki hot spa-38o Celcium and the only Paleolithic museum.
Presidents: Grammaticos Philip and Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi Members (alphabetically): Ajdinovic Boris, Baloyannis Stavros, Bandopadhyaya Gurupad, Boudoulas Haris, Dardavesis Theodoros, Foroglou Pericles, Giannoulis Eleftherios, Haitidis Evgenios, Karamouzis Michalis, Kokkas Vasileios, Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Natsis Konstantinos, Orologas Anastasios, Palumbo Barbara, Papavramidou Niki, Rubini Giuseppe, Sinzinger Helmut, Siokos Apostolos, Tzafettas Ioannis, Yamamoto Tomoaki
1. Abass Alavi, Philadelphia, President - Christos Katsetos, Philadelphia, USA, 2. Boris Ajdinovic, Belgrade - Milovan Matovic, Kragujevac, Serbia, 3. Gurupad Bandopadyaya, New Delhi - Devinder Dhawan, Chandigarh, India, 4. Frank De Geeter, Brussels - Alex Sarafidis, Brussels, Belgium, 5. Serafim Doungou, Kenya, 6. Jun Hatazawa, Osaka - Tomoaki Yamamoto, Tokyo, Japan, 7. Poul Henning Madsen, Denmark, 8. Hans van Isselt, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 9. Tom Karagiannis, Melbourne, Australia, 10. Christos Lionis, Cyprus, 11. Amir Nikouei, Tehran, Iran 12. Andreas Petropoulos, Baku, Azerbaijan, 13. Andreas Petropoulos, Lausanne Switzerland, 14. Giuseppe Rubini, Bari - Barbara Palumbo, Perugia, Italy, 15. Helmut Sinzinger, Vienna, Austria, 16. Mike Sathege, South Africa, 17. Henry Tam, U.K (more replies expected).
The Society of Atherosclerosis. The Society of Gastrenterology. The Society of Geriatrics. The Society of Gynecology. The Society of Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Medicine. The Hellenic Society of the study of Addictive Substances. The Society of Sports Medicine. The Society of Nuclear Medicine. The Society of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Diseases. The Society of Multiple Sclerosis. The Hellenic Society of Nephrology, The Society of Sports Medicine
(Time for presentation of papers: 10min. Time for discussion: 5min)Friday 3 November 2017
09.30 - 14.30 Registration
Time for presentation: 15min. Time for discussion: 5min
10.00 - 12.00 Helmut Sinzinger (Austria) - Pericles Foroglou (Greece) - Natalie Bonvino (Australia) - Mike
Sathege (South Africa)
12.20 - 12.30 Welcome address - Announcements
12.30 - 12.50 Coffee / Tea break
12.50 - 13:30 Henry Tam (UK) - Gurupad Bandopadhyaya (India) - Giuseppe Rubini (Italy) - Dungu Serafim
(Kenya) - Efstratios Iliadelis (Greece)
13:30 - 14:30 Advisors’ meeting
14.30 Lunch break
17.30 - 19:30 Ioannis Tzafettas (Greece) - Giagkos Lavranos (Cyprus) - Andreas Petropoulos (Baku) - Devinder
Dhawan (India)19:30 - 20:30 Invited lecture - Professor Afxendios Kalangos: Recent advances in cardiac surgery and high standard
Saturday 4 November 2017
09.30 - 11.30 Fotios Topouzis (Greece) - Harisios Boudoulas (USA) - George Efthymiadis (Greece) - Triantafyllos
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee / Tea break
12.00 - 14.00 Magda Tsolaki (Greece) - Maria Mironidou (Greece) - Demetrios Ioannidis (Greece) - Milovan
14.00 - 17.00 Lunch break
17.00 - 19.00 Tomoaki Yamamoto (Japan) - Boris Ajdinovic (Serbia) - Vassilios Kokkas (Greece) - Konstantinos
19.00 - 21.00 Stavros Baloyannis (Greece) - Andreas Petropoulos (Azerbaijan) -Eleftherios Giannoulis (Greece)
- Alexandros Sarafidis (Belgium)
21.00 - 22.00 Conclusions- Awards-Prizes- Honorary prizes to Anastasios Tousimis, Maryland and George Sfakianakis, Florida
Sunday 5 November 2017
09.00 - 18.00 Excursion to: a) Pella, the capital city of Alexander the Great where one can see Museum, the Mosaics, the Palace and the famous draining system. b) To Edessa where one can see the waterfalls, the cave with stalactites and the living reptiles’ museum. c) To Loutraki Spa where one can see the hot waterfalls 37o C, the old, ancient caves with stalactites and the first Paleolithic Museum in Greece. Lunch either in Loutraki or in Edessa.
Meeting venue: Electra Palace Hotel- 5 stars, Aristotelous Square 9, Tel: (+30) 2310 294 000 Thessaloniki, Greece. Official language of the Meeting: English.
Prizes: This time in the 4th Medical Olympiad we are proud to announce prizes to be awarded in a special session to two distinguish colleagues: Dr. Anastasios Tousimis, from Maryland in honour of his prototype multiple scientific contribution in Medicine for more than 60 years, and to: Dr. George Sfakianakis from Florida in honour of his prototype multiple scientific contribution in Medicine.
Both these two prizes will be gold plated or golden and accompanied by a diploma and a monetary prize.
As in all previous Olympiads, three prizes will be awarded to the three best papers among all and will be accompanied by a diploma and a gift.
In the 4th Olympiad for the first time will be another contest. The winner of this contest will be the one to give the best answers to 3 existing medical problems- questions. These questions are mentioned below. In ancient Olympics, there was a similar contest and prize. We know that similar medical contests were held in Ancient Olympics in the city of Efessos, Asia Minor and in other ancient Greek cities. One of the questions asked in Efessos was: What you may diagnose in a patient with very pale face etc. and what you will suggest for treatment.
The three questions to be answered referred to the following subjects:
Subject 1. Description: A 40 years old man feels very tired after intense physical exercise walk for 3km.
Questions: a) Can you give the complete definition of fatigue? Describe findings in various systems, mainly the respiratory, cardiovascular, tendomuscular and nervous systems.
b) When you expect the above man will be completely rested? Describe rest as opposite to the above findings of fatigue.
Subject 2. Description: A patient with an intense back pain has a heavy headache, a flash on his face and feels warm and heavy head. His blood pressure, heart beats and respiration are normal.
Questions: Can you support or reject the following?: a) The brain secretes endorphins or other substances in response and in order to ease pain.
b) The brain when the patient is in a status of intense pain or stress, functions independently in order to respond to pain. This brain response has no influence on heart rate and respiration.
Subject 3. Description: The director of a firm -a 40 years old man in good health- asks his physician to suggest to him: a) the best place to go for his summer holidays and b) to tell him for how long is best to have his holiday programme.
Questions: If you were the physician would you suggest: a) a place at sea level, at 200m height, or 400m height and why and b) for how long the summer holidays must last in order to be of best health benefit to the director?
Instructions for Abstracts. Abstracts may be up to one and a half A4 page long, with borders of 2cm around the text and 1.5 distance between the lines, written in Times New Roman letters size 12, at any format, preferably the format of the Hell. J. Nucl. Med., http://nuclmed.web.auth.gr. Abstracts and all the whole papers may be published after the authors’ consent, in the supplement of HJNM, IF. 1.015. Deadline for submitting detailed abstracts or the complete paper is Monday October 9, 2017.
Criteria for the evaluation of papers have been: a) Originality on a new subject-basis: 40%, or on an existing concept: 30%, b) Social impact: 25%, c) Statistical support or sufficient proof of results: 25%, d) Typical and simple presentation: 10%
The final programme-booklet will be distributed to the participants who register in the Olympiad. This booklet shall include: a) all necessary and additional information for the 4rth Olympiad, b) the abstracts of all papers orally presented and 2 questions and their answers given by the authors.
There will be only one invited lecture which will be presented on Saturday evening on the 4th of November 2017.
Round tables, other lectures or posters are not allowed in the Olympiads.
The Chairpersons of every session will have a few minutes to introduce the speakers. For every paper to be presented, at least one author should be registered. The time allowed for every orally presented paper will be 15min and for discussion, 5min. Authors are kindly requested to comply with this timetable. For more information please contact us at the e-mail address of the Association.
The Excursion: All participants to the Οlympiad and their accompanying members may participate on Sunday 5-11-2017 to the excursion to: Pella, the capital city of Alexander the Great, the museum where one can see the marble head of Alexander the Great, the mosaics, 8 the Palace, the famous draining system of the City etc. Then to: Edessa, where one can see the famous waterfalls, the cave of stalactites and the unique museum of living reptiles. Then to: Loutraki, where one can see the hot waterfalls at 37o C, the stalactites and the unique Paleolithic museum. Lunch either in Loutraki or in Edessa. The excursion will be escorted by an experienced tourist guide. The excursion bus will leave Electra Hotel at about 09.30am and return at about 18.00 hours. Please book early. Price: 20 euros - Lunch (optional): 15 euros.
Registration fee: The registration fee is 150€ and includes, the Meeting, the coffee breaks and the programme with all abstracts and the questions and answers of the authors. This fee may be partly waved after communication with the Organizing Committee. For every paper to be presented, at least one author should be registered.
You may pay by person at the secretariat or via our account of Iatrikos Olympicos Syndesmos in Alpha Bank IBAN: GR500 140 7080 474 002 002 004 801, BIC: CRBAGRAAXXX. The name of the treasurer is Professor Eleftherios Giannoulis Please mention the name of the depositor.
Electra Palace Hotel/ 5 stars (A), Aristtelous Square 9 street, P.C. 54624 Tel: (+30) 2310 249 000.
Room Type/ Price per day: Single Room: 121 euros. Double Room: 138 euros
Luxembourg Hotel/ 3+ stars (B Sup), Rogoti- Komninon 6 street, P.C 54624, Thessaloniki, Tel: (+30) 2310 252600 Room Type/ Price per day: Single Room: 61 euros Double Room: 75 Five minutes’ walk from Electra Palace.https://www.mouzenidis.com/greece/hotel/luxemburg-hotelAegeon Hotel/ 3 stars (B), Egnatia 30 street, P.C. 54630, Tel: (+30) 2310 522921 Room Type/ Price per day: Single Room: 37 euros Double Room: 43 euros. Twenty minutes from the Meeting Venue, Electra Palace.https://www.mouzenidis.com/greece/hotel/aegeon-hotel
More convenient hotels will be suggested later.
We are pleased to inform you that the 2nd International Medical Olympiad, which was held on 18-20 October 2013 in Thessaloniki was a great success. There were many participants, as one can see from the attached photos, from more than 20 countries around the world. About 40 papers were selected for oral presentation among submitted papers, twice this number. All papers had to be original and of social interest.
Another innovation of the Olympiads is that the Organizing Committee poses questions for every paper accepted and the replies of the authors, along with an extended abstract of their paper(s), are published in the Archives Book distributed to all participants. All oral presentations may be published, after the Olympiad, as full papers in a special supplement issue, if the authors wish to do so.
As in all Olympiads there were no posters, round tables or free lectures. As it is customary, there was only one prototype lecture before the opening ceremony.
The 3 high prizes were awarded to papers referring as follows:
a) To a paper from USA, which showed evidence of diagnosing glioblastoma from a serum examination by N. Maounis.
b) A paper from Australia by Tom Karagiannis, who identified in olive oil a new factor able to prevent the growth of cancer and
c) a paper from Democritus Centre, Greece by P. Alexiou, which showed evidence of making leukemia cancer cells more sensitive to anticancer drugs. As the President of the Medical Olympicus Association noted: The fact that a paper is selected for oral presentation, is per se a distinction for the authors. Prizes for every specialty and distinctions were also awarded.
The participants had the chance to listen and participate in discussions that covered a broad field of original medical knowledge. This was a new experience for the audience who was able to communicate with colleagues from various medical specialties and express interesting thoughts and views. After the Meeting was over, many colleagues communicated with us with complimentary words about this Meeting. We wish that the Olympiads are creative, practical and pleasant.
The scientific event lasted only 2 days so as to present the best papers possible and also not to keep the participants for long, away from their usual duties at home.
An interesting excursion to the Royal Tombs of the Macedonian king Philip, and his son, Alexander the Great, took place the following morning after the scientific programme.
Photos: (Left): The President of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd Olympiad, Prof. emer. Philip Grammaticos and Prof. Helmut Sinzinger. Grammaticos (left) and Prof. Helmut Sinzinger (right)
(Right): From the morning session on Saturday 19-10-2013: From right: Prof. emer. Gurupad Bandopadhyaya, Dr. Giagkos Lavranos and Prof. Eleftherios Giannoulis.
Photos: (Left): Prof. emer. Philip Grammaticos during his lecture on Neohippocratic Medicine.
(Right): From the evening session on Saturday 19-10-2013: From right: Prof. Barbara Palumbo, Prof. emer. Vasileios Kokkas and Prof. Tomoaki Yamamoto.
On September 12, 2014 Medical Olympicus Association organized a series of lectures devoted to Hippocrates, Neo-Hippocratic Medicine and also devoted to medical treatment applied in the Asclepieion of the island of Kos.
By the term “Neo-Hippocratic Medicine”, which was first introduced by Professor Nicolas Louros in Athens, we mean: useful medical observations evaluated or supported by recent medical research and literature. A well-known example of that is the observation of Hippocrates that when animals become sick, they rub their back on the bark of a specific willow tree for treatment. This observation was evaluated and supported by recent research and medical literature which proved that this specific tree produces the well-known salicylic acid used in making aspirin.
In ancient Asclepieia patients were first prepared psychologically and in order to respect their physicians while waiting for the treatment. Democritus who was a teacher of Hippocrates said to Hippocrates that the soul is liberated only by philosophy (suggesting that the soul must be prepared before any treatment is applied to the body) and that medicine only liberates or treats the body. In Asclepieia injuries were treated by ointments, surgical operations and cauterization. If no treatment was successful, then the case was called untreatable. Other treatments referred to psychological, ophthalmic, gynaecological diseases etc. Haemoptysis was treated by a mixture of the dust of the pine tree seeds with honey taken for three days. The first nurse in 1250 B.C., as mentioned by Homer in Iliad, was the “nice hands having–calliplokamos” Eucamide who was first nurse to king Nestor. The name Asclepios means the one who treats “non-harmonic health conditions”. Asclepios lived in 1250 B.C. which means that ancient medicine flourished at that time.
In photo no 1 you may see the Chairmen of the Meeting. In photos no 2 and 3 you may see colleagues attending the lecture of Prof. M. Myronidou and a musical break.
The following article published about 20 years ago in the Greek journal “Eleftherotypia” is summarized below:
by Dr Sevasti Haviara-Karachaliou, Opthalmologist
Professor of History A. Kouzis wrote that the virtue of competing in the form of races is an old Greek tradition.
Races aimed to improve both the physical condition of the body and the mental condition of the brain of the athletes.
In parallel with the athletic races, various other races were included in every religious ceremony. These races were musical, theatrical, dancing, reciting, poetic, rehearsal, rhapsody, painting, in order to combine the pleasure of the body and the educational pleasure of the brain.
Ancient physicians also participated in the spiritual races as was inscribed on ancient marble columns that were discovered in 1904 in Ephesus by the Austrian archaeologist Dr J. Keil. In eight of these columns it was inscribed that in the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd century AD besides the religious ceremonies, medical races also took place . In Ephesus there was a spiritual institute similar to the Ptolemy II, the so-called Ptolemy Philadelphus, University in Alexandria. In this institute, which was also called Museum, groups of ancient scholars whose life project to learn and distribute knowledge were hosted. This Museum was devoted, as its name implies, to the nine Muses. The Medical Races were divided into four categories: a) surgery, b) organs, c) medical problems and d) therapeutic opinions. In the first category only surgeons participated. The speed, the technique and the final result of the operation designated the winner. The winners were awarded wreaths like all other athletes. In the category of organs the construction of useful tools was rewarded. The third category of medical problems referred to the diagnosis of diseases or the pathology of various organs.
Specific problems that the judges of the above races put to the contestants are mentioned by the medico-philosopher Kosios and by Alexander of Aphrodisias. The latter states the following: “Why fear makes people pale, why those who are ashamed blush, why those who are beaten see flames etc”.
The fourth category referred to the submission of a medical paper including treatment. In this category the major physician of Antiochia, Simeon Sith(is), was awarded the first prize for his paper “Contribution according to the elements and the power of foods” .
Τhe well-known physician Fikianos (2nd century AD), one of the teachers of Galen, received the first prize in Medical Races organized in Pergamos.
In the 19th century Dr George Simvoulidis tried to revive the contest for the best medical monograph . After him, Professor A. Kouzis in one of his lectures praised Dr Simvoulidis who had organized these medical races for forty five years, in order to improve medical science, especially among young physicians, and honored the best achievements in medicine by awarding them a wreath and valuable prizes .
In our days many medical congresses and meetings are organized where physicians and specialists from pharmaceutical and technology firms present their work. It is unfortunate that in these meetings researchers are satisfied by the oral presentation and the inclusion of their papers in the archives of the meetings. It is also unfortunate that some medical equipment is often presented without sufficient application in medical practice. In these and other meetings, the papers submitted do not compete for prizes (like in ancient Greece).
1. Keil J, Aerjteinschriften aus Ephesos, Wien Bd YIII 1905. (in German)
2. Simeon Sith(is), “Treatise about the power of specific diets». (treatise of the 11th century AD in Greek)
3. Kouzis A, Symvoulideios Agon 1906. Medical Archives 1907. (in Greek)
Χαβιάρα – Καραχάλιου Σεβαστή, «Ιατρικοί αγώνες αντί συνεδρίων στην Αρχαιότητα», εφ. Ελευθεροτυπία, 17/9/96, σελ. 26.
a) Inform colleagues of their scientific area about the aims of the International Medical Olympicus Association and about the 3rd Olympiad,
b) Collect from their scientific area the papers submitted from all medical disciplines and, if they wish, evaluate them. If, for any reason, Advisors wish not to evaluate papers, they may send them to us for evaluation or ask that papers be sent directly to us.
c) They may wish to advise the Administrative Board of the International Medical Olympicus Association about the best means/tactics to organize the 3rd Olympiad. The Organizing Committee may often communicate with the Advisors.
We invite all medical specialties to participate in the 3rd International Medical Olympiad by submitting original papers of social interest through their National Advisors or directly through us.
The President of the Organizing Committee The Secretary
Prof. Emer. P. Grammaticos Prof. Emer. V. Kokkas