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National Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece)

The Allergy Department,  2nd Pediatric Clinic
National Kapodistrian University of Athens
(Athens, Greece)


The Allergy Department, 2nd Pediatric Clinic, National Kapodistrian University of Athens (, is the largest Pediatric Allergy and Asthma reference center in Greece and one of three centers that provide full specialization in Allergology. Its outpatient clinic, located at the “P&A Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital, cares for more than 5000 children yearly, and is structured in specialized subunits, including asthma, rhinitis, food allergy, drug allergy, atopic dermatitis and immunotherapy clinics. It has state-of-the-art facilities and introduces new and explores developing technologies in everyday clinical practice. In its Research Laboratory numerous projects, including national and EU projects, are designed and executed. Current projects include research into the virome and its role in asthma, characterization and management of food allergy (OIT to nuts, fish, wheat), epidemiology of rhinitis and urticaria, epithelial responses to viruses and pollutants, pollutant monitoring at schools and more. It has led a number of EU projects, such as PreDicta and CURE and currently coordinating SynAir-G and the EU Cluster on Indoor Air Pollution & Health - IDEAL. The personnel consist of around 30 physicians, nurses and researchers. It is recognized worldwide for its clinical, educational and research work and has been quality controlled by GA2LEN and WAO.

It is also very active in education, organizing a number of events each year, including Educational Workshops and the largest Allergy Congress in the country: the State-of-the-Art: The Allergic Child and Developments. It also trains resident doctors in Allergology, but also other health care professionals, from Greece and abroad, as well as medical students.

It publishes 50-60 papers yearly in high-impact international journals and is involved in various advocacy activities, supporting patient organizations and promoting the translation of new knowledge into policy for the benefit of allergic patients. It is directed by Professor Nikolaos G. Papadopoulos, former President of EAACI and REG, and current member of the WAO Board of Directors.

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