Harokopio University of Athens (HUA)

CEIDSS is a non-profit Research Organization working in health promotion focused on the social determinants of health.  Its mission is to produce innovative intervention research to improve the health status of the population, with an emphasis education on health determinants and risk factors linked with non-communicable diseases.

CEIDSS works in association with local and national authorities. While participating in European projects, CEIDSS has a strong experience in developing national and international comprehensive programs on tackling malnutrition, aligned with health strategies and priorities.

Harokopio University of Athens, Greece, excels in health-related research, holding a national leading position and global rankings. The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is a leader in applied science in its field, focusing on improving health through research, teaching, and international collaborations. HUA’s Department of Informatics and Telematics advances Computer Science, mainly in web applications, big data and machine learning.

To learn more, visit the website for HUA’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at https://www.ddns.hua.gr/en/home/ .


The team members

George Dedoussis

George Dedoussis, Coordinator of BETTER4U, is a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Nutrigenetics, and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance at HUA. He has over 360 publications and 70,000 citations (h-index: 107), earning him recognition as one of the most cited scientists worldwide in the last decade.

Maria Kafyra

PhD, project manager of BETTER4U, is a Dietitian-Nutritionist and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in HUA. Specializes in nutrigenetics, with research focusing on obesity, cardiometabolic, and age-related disorders, contributing to multiple peer-reviewed publications.

Yannis Manios

Professor and Dean of the School of Health Science & Education. Co-authored 640+ scientific papers (h-index 74). Coordinator in 4 and Principal Investigator in 20+ EU-funded projects. Leading WP7: “Implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the BETTER4U Lifestyle Personalized Intervention”.

Christos Diou

Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the Department of Informatics and Telematics, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece. In BETTER4U, focuses on developing causal models for personalized interventions to prevent weight gain.

Ioanna–Panagiota Kalafati

Assistant Professor at the University of Thessaly, with great experience in clinical nutrition, gene-lifestyle interactions, and statistical genetics. In BETTER4U she contributes to the analysis of genetic, biochemical, clinical, socioeconomic, dietary and lifestyle data.

Panagiotis Moulos

Research Assistant Professor in Bioinformatics at the BSRC ‘Alexander Fleming’ with >50 publications, develops novel methods and software for the analysis, harmonization and integration of -omics data with clinical utility. In BETTER4U, he acts as Senior Bioinformatician.

Eva Karaglani

PhD, Dietitian-Nutritionist, and Post-Doctoral Researcher with extensive clinical and research experience. Project manager in multiple EU-funded projects and clinical trials. Co-leading WP7 within Better4U under the supervision of Prof. Manios.

Despoina Brekou

Nutritionist-Dietitian, and PhD student in Nutrigenetics at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of HUA, supervised by Professor Georgios Dedoussis. In BETTER4U, contributes to the analysis of clinical, socioeconomic, dietary, and lifestyle data.

Panagiotis Symianakis

Mathematician-Statistician and PhD student in Bioinformatics at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics of HUA, supervised by Professor Georgios Dedoussis. In BETTER4U, he participates as a Bioinformatician.

Vasiliki Vavouraki

Project Administrator of BETTER4U, is a Dietitian-Nutritionist, MSc candidate in “Applied Nutrition and Dietetics,” and research scientist in Professor Dedoussis’s team at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in HUA.

Anna Maria Bavea

MSc, Research Assistant specializing in health economics and administration, with experience in managerial and administrative aspects of EU-funded projects. Within Better4U, responsible for the administrative management of the BETTER4U Lifestyle Personalized Intervention.