“Aιεν αριστεύειν” “Always best”
"Αιεν αριστεύειν" "Always best"
2-4 October 2015
Contact us at: 51, Hermou Str., P.C. 54623, Thessaloniki, Macedonia - Greece, Tel - Fax: + 30 2310 229133,
President: Grammaticos Philip, Vice-President: Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi, Secretary: Kokkas Basil, Treasurer: Giannoulis Eleftherios, Members: Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Foroglou Pericles, Melfou Fani
Working on prototype research work of social importance is much more useful and desirable than producing research papers in order to confirm others’ results. One can see CVs with hundreds of papers and still be disappointed by their importance and social impact. Quality versus quantity of papers from all medical specialties and technologies, are welcome.
It is a unique scientific pleasure to communicate with other colleagues, from all medical specialties discussing and evaluating their virtue.
Medicine is the most important science because according to Hippocrates, it is the only one that can heal ill health and offer better life conditions as our Creator offered health and life to us. Socrates, the philosopher, considered that a physician as being an “educated man” should express honesty, reason, humility and control his pleasures. It is my opinion that a physicians by treating others can retrieve happiness for themselves.
I must say that the schedule of the Olympiad has been organized very carefully in every detail, so as to be concise and offer plenty of useful prototype knowledge.
In order to improve social communication, we invite you all to join the Welcome Reception on Friday evening in October 2, 2015 and the next Sunday morning excursion to a magnificent view and unique ancient site, in Mount Olympus.
I welcome you all and hope that you will experience a fruitful and pleasant stay during the 3rd Medical Olympiad.
The President of the Organizing Committee
Presidents: Grammaticos Philip and Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi
Members (alphabetically): Giannoulis Eleftherios, Giannoulis Kleanthis, Goulis Demetrios, Ioannidis Demetrios, Foroglou Pericles, Kokkas Basil, Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Natsis Konstantinos, Oikonomou Panayotis, Parharidis Georgios, Siokos Apostolos, Tzafetas Ioannis
Regional Members (alphabetically): Karagiannis Tomas, Australia, Sinzinger Helmut, Austria, Bandopadhyaya Gurupad, India, Palumbo Barbara, Rubini Giuseppe, Italy, Yamamoto Tomoaki, Japan, Ajdinovic Boris, Serbia, Boudoulas Haris, Katsetos Christos, USA, and Fotopoulos Andeas, Notopoulos Athanasios and Zisimopoulos Athanasios, Greece
President: Manthos Anastasios, Ex-rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Members (alphabetically): Albani Maria, Baloyiannis Stavros, Bostanzopoulou Sevasti, Costa Vasiliki, Dimitrakos Stavros, Kallaras
Konstantinos, Karakioulakis George, Karamouzis Michael, Kardaras Panayiotis, Karlovasitou Anna, Oikonomou Panayiotis,
Orologas Anastasios, Roilidis Emmanouil, Tsanakas Ioannis, Tsolaki Magda
1. Ajdinovic Boris, Belgrade, Serbia, 2. Alavi Abass, Philadelphia, USA, 3. Al-Nahhas Adil, U.K, 4. Amariglio Ninette, Tel Hashomer, Israel, 5. Artiko Vera, Belgrade, Serbia, 6. Anagnostopoulos Konstantinos, Athens, Greece, 7. Bandopadyaya Gurupad, New Delhi, India, 8. Bhattacharya Anish, India, 9. Boudoulas Harisios, Ohio, USA, 10. Byeong-Cheol Ahn, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 11. Chatzizisis Yiannis, Boston, USA, 12. De Geeter Frank, Brussels, Belgium, 13. Delivoria-Papadopoulou Maria, Philadelphia, USA, 14. Dhawan Devinder, Chandigarh, India, 15. Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss Antonia, Heidelberg, Germany, 16. Dungu Serafim, Kenya, 17. Ejeh Enyi John, Ibadan, Nigeria, 18. Frangos Savvas, Nicosia, Cyprus, 19. Fries Liana, Switzerland, 20. Furman Evgeny Grigroyeviech, Perm, Russia, 21. Hadjiiliadis Denis, Philadelphia, USA, 22. Henning Madsen Poul, Fredericia, Denmark, 23. van Isselt Hans, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24. Kalangos Afksendyios, Geneva, Switzerland, 25. Karagiannis Tom, Melbourne, Australia, 26. Korczyn Amos, Tel Aviv, Israel, 27. Kosareva Polina, Perm, Russia, 28. Kruja Jera, Tirana, Albania, 29. Katsetos Christos, Philadelphia, USA, 30. Klissarova Anelya, Varna, Bulgaria, 31. Kumar Rakesh, India, 32. Kwang Pan Lung, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C, 33. Kurt Jellinger, Vienna, Austria, 34. Lass Piotr, Krakow, Poland, 35. Leszek Jerzy, Warsaw, Poland, 36. Lionis Christos, Crete, Greece, 37. Mantzoros Christos, Boston, USA, 38. Mittal Bhagwant Rai, Chandigarh, India, 39. Muresanu Dafin, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 40. Nabipour Iraj, Bushehr, Iran, 41. Papagianni Aikaterini, Thessaloniki, Greece, 42. Palumbo Barbara, Perugia, Italy, 43. Paschos Emmanuel, Dortmund, Germany, 44. Petropoulos Andreas, Baku, Azerbaijan, 45. Piperkova Elena, Sofia, Bulgaria, 46. Royce Simon, Melbourne, Australia, 47. Rubini Giuseppe, Bari, Italy, 48. Sarafidis Alex, Geneva, Switzerland, 49. Sathekge Mike, Pretoria, South Africa, 50. Sayman Haluk, Istanbul, Turkey, 51. Shigeru Sanada, Kanazawa, Japan, 52. Singh Baljinder, Chandigarh, India, 53. Sinzinger Helmut, Vienna, Austria, 54. Siokou Olga, New York, USA, 55. Speroff Leon, Portland, USA, 56. Tavernarakis Nektarios, Heraklion, Greece, 57. Tzounopoulos Thanos, Pittsburgh, USA, 58. Tousimis Tasos, Maryland, USA, 59. Tsopelas Chris, Adelaide, Australia, 60. Tsoumpas Harrys, Leeds, U.K, 61. Wisniewski Thomas, New York, USA, 62. Yamamoto Tomoaki, Tokyo, Japan
Grammaticos Philip, Manthos Anastasios, Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi, Foroglou Pericles
Grammaticos Philip, Giannoulis Eleftherios, Kokkas Basil, Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Siokos Apostolos, Oikonomou Panayiotis
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 Society of Addictive Substances. The Society of Nuclear Medicine. The Society of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Diseases. The Society of Multiple Sclerosis. The Hellenic Society of Nephrology.
Meeting venue: Capsis Hotel, 18, Monastiriou Str, P.C. 54629, Tel. +30 2310 596800, Thessaloniki, Greece
Official language of the Meeting: English.
Criteria for the evaluation of papers have been:
Three high prizes will be awarded to the three best papers among all. The 3 high prizes will be accompanied by a diploma. The first prize will be accompanied by a commemorative set of five gold plated stamps of Parthenon marbles encased in a handmade velvet box and also accompanied by a monetary prize of 500€. The second prize will be accompanied by a replica of a Hellenic Trireme model of the Hellenistic period 4th-2ndcent. b.C, handcrafted by a special metal alloy encased in a handmade red velvet box and also accompanied by a monetary prize of 400€. The third prize is accompanied by a replica of a Hellenic Trireme model of the Hellenistic period 7th-4thcent. b.C, handcrafted by a special metal alloy encased in a handmade blue-black velvet box and also accompanied by a monetary prize of 300€.One to three prizes will be awarded to papers from every specialty. Five replicas of Hellenistic Trireme models will also be awarded to Medical specialties. The “Nuclear Medicine” prize will be accompanied by a monetary amount of 300€ devoted symbolically to late professor Nikos Karkavitsas. There will also be a monetary prize for the subject “Surgery of Endocrine Glands specifically of Thyroid Gland” devoted to Professor Tassos Aidonopoulos.
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 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. 0.986 after 5-10-2015.
The final programme-booklet will be distributed to the participants register in the Olympiad. This booklet includes: a) all necessary information for the 3rd Olympiad, b) the abstracts of all papers orally presented and 2 questions and their answers given by the authors.
There will be a short programme for common views. Round tables or posters are not allowed in the Olympiads.
There will be only one invited lecture which will be presented at the Welcome ceremony.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 to the Sunday 4-10-2015 excursion. The participants will be informed of sites of archeological interest at Olympus Mt., visit the historical monastery St. Dionysios, now rebuilt, and finally rest in a small restaurant at Prionia at 1200 meters, in Mt. Olympus. The excursion is escorted by an experienced tourist guide. The excursion bus will leave from Capsis Hotel at about 09.00am and return there at about 15.00 hours. Those who want to have lunch at Prionia must inform the secretariat. They may have lunch a la carte. The special “goat soup” is usually served at Prionia.
Registration fee: The registration fee is 150€ which includes the Meeting, the Opening Ceremony, the coffee breaks and the excursion without the lunch at Prionia. This fee may be partly or totally 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: GR50 0140 7080 4740 0200 2004 801, BIC: CRBAGRAAXXX. Please mention the name of the depositor.
Friday 2 October 2015
08.30 - 14.00 Registration
Time for presentation: 15min. Time for discussion: 5min
09.00 - 10.20 Helmut Sinzinger (Austria)-Pericles Foroglou (Greece)-Natalie Bonvino (Australia)
10.20 - 10.30 Welcome address - Useful announcements by the President of the Organizing Committee
10.30 - 10.55 Coffee / Tea break
10.55 - 13:15 Gurupad Bandopadhyaya (India)-Giuseppe Rubini (Italy)-Dungu Serafim (Kenya)
13:15 Lunch break
17.00 - 17.30 Special innovative presentation
About the new center for treatment of cancer by protons. Alexandros Kokolakis
19.00 - 19.30 Special innovative presentations
Ebola Check: Delivering molecular diagnostics at the point of need. Stergios A. Moschos
19.30 - 22.00 Evidence-based, innovative therapeutic medicine of Cretan plants: some encouraging specific functions and
claims. Professor Christos Lionis invited lecturer
Saturday 3 October 2015
09.30 - 11.30 Fotios Topouzis (Greece)-Harisios Boudoulas (USA)-Frank De Geeter (Belgium)-Giagkos Lavranos (Cyprus)
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee / Tea break
12.00 - 14.00 Magda Tsolaki (Greece)-Maria Mironidou (Greece)-Demetrios Ioannidis (Greece)- Milovan Matovic (Serbia)
14.00 Lunch break
17.00 - 19.00 Tomoaki Yamamoto (Japan)-Boris Ajdinovic (Serbia)-Vassilios Kokkas (Greece)
19.00 - 21.00 Stavros Baloyannis (Greece)-Andreas Petropoulos (Azerbaijan)-Eleftherios Giannoulis (Greece)-Alexandros Sarafidis (Belgium)
20.40 Conclusions-Prizes-Awards by the President of the Organizing Committee
Sunday 4 October 2015
09.00 - 15.00 All participants to the Οlympiad and their accompanying members may participate to the Sunday 4-10-2015 excursion to Mt. Olympus and to visit un route the historical monastery of St. Dionysios, now rebuilt, and finally to rest in a small restaurant at Prionia at 1.200 meters, in Mt. Olympus, escorted by an experienced tourist guide. The excursion bus will leave from Capsis Hotel at about 09.00am and return there at about 15.00hours. Head of the excursion will be Dr. Vasileios Kokkas.
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