Division of Basic Sciences

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Dear Colleagues and Friends
Today the Department of Basic Sciences consists of 20 faculty members in the laboratories of Physiology, Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry. The Department is characterized by high quality pre-graduate and graduate courses, competitive and state of the art research achievements and implementation of fair academic procedures regarding the election or the promotion of the academic members by enacting and enforcing criteria of academic quality.

The department is deeply satisfied watching its growth within the last 25 years. Its records, especially in the pioneer research, are obvious in the summary descriptions that follow, which record the number, quality and international recognition of the work. During the last 14 years (from 1995 until March 2009), more than 500 original papers have been published, with an average impact factor of 5 that created more than 10,000 citations.
The original research work of the faculty members has been published among others in excellent journals like: Science, Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Cell Biol, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, PNAS, EMBO J, EMBO Rep, J Neurosci, PLOS Biol, J Cell, Biol, Mol Cell Biol, Mol Biol Cell, FASEB J, Cancer Res, J Biol Chem, J. Cell. Science, Oncogene, Neuropsychopharmacology, Cereb Cortex, Mol Endocrinol. In addition, during the last 15 years, 21 million euros have been attracted by the faculty members from competitive international and national research programs (FP6, FP7), Human Frontiers, Societies for Multiple Sclerosis (USA, UK).

The faith and devotion of all Department members in academic values, high quality pre-graduate and graduate courses, meritocracy and finally competitive scientific work are guarantees for the future. Our ultimate ambition is the scientific excellence both in research and education and I am confident that the Department of Basic Sciences of the Medical School will achieve this.

Christos Stournaras,
PhD Professor of Biochemistry,
Director Department of Basic Sciences

Division of Basic Sciences Secretary