International Hellenic University (IHU)

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.

The International Hellenic University (IHU) is based in Thessaloniki, Greece, and it recently merged with 3 major technological academic institutions in Greece. The Dpt. of Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics of IHU (NUTR.IHU) was the first tertiary education department of its kind in Greece and has many years of experience in educational and research activities in the areas of Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Adult and Childhood Obesity, and Nutrition Informatics, with multiple active research laboratories.


The team members

Maria Hassapidou

Maria Hassapidou is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at NUTR.IHU. She heads the postgraduate course in Nutrition and serves as the national coordinator for WHO’s Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Additionally, she has coordinated and participated in numerous research projects funded by the European Union.

Ioannis (Ion) Pagkalos

Ioannis (Ion) Pagkalos is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition Informatics at NUTR.IHU and Head of the Nutrition Information Systems Laboratory (NISLAB). With over 15 years of experience, he is a senior researcher specializing in designing and implementing IT solutions for more than 35 EU and national research projects.

Anna Kokkinopoulou

Anna Kokkinopoulou is a Clinical Nutritionist-Dietitian and Research Assistant at NUTR.IHU. She has contributed to multiple EU research programs, playing an active role in developing behavioral research protocols, as well as data collection and analysis processes focused on overweight and obesity.

Elena Patra

Elena Patra is a Nutritionist-Dietitian with expertise in sensory and consumer research across various food and beverage categories. As a Research Assistant at NUTR.IHU, she conducts pilot research involving participants from diverse user profile groups.