Biomedical Research Foundation Academy Of AthensAcademy Of Athens
Scientific Personnel

Sofia Sofia Tseleni-Balafouta, MD, PhD
University Faculty, Affiliated Investigator


Center :

Clinical, Experimental Surgery & Translational Research


Brief Bio

PERSONAL DATA

Place of birth: Athens, Greece
Permanent address: Pindou 6, Athens 166 73
Family status: Married, 2 children
Private office: Makedonias str 1 & 3 Septemvriou 47, Athens 10433.
Tel: +30 210 8222323)
(For performing and evaluating FNA of thyroid nodules
as well as of various head and neck masses

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1977: PhD in Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany (Thesis: Monocyte production in Hodgkin’s disease)
  • 1976: Diploma of Medicine (University of Freiburg with distinction)
  • 1970: “Abitur” of the German High School in Athens

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • 1977-1982: Residency in the Hospitals of Korinth and of the Greek Red Cross and in the Department of Pathology of the University of  Athens
  • 1984: Fellowship in Thyroid-Cytology in the University of Gottingen, Germany
  • 1998: FNA of various organs in the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • 1970-1976 Scholarship from German DAAP for undergraduate studies in Medicine.
  • 1984 Scholarship from DAAD for fellowship in thyroid FNA.

LANGUAGES

  • German, English, French

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE / POSITIONS HELD

  • Current position Professor of Pathology
  • 1999-09/2010 Assoc.Professor of Pathology, University of Athens
  • 1990-1998 Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Athens
  • 1982-1989 Lecturer in Pathology, University of Athens
  • 1984-present Set up and run a referral center for evaluation of Thyroid-FNA( second opinion) as well as for consultation cases of endocrine grands particularly of thyroid gland in the Department of Pathology in the University of Athens
  • 1984-1994 Set up and run an outpatient Clinic for Thyroid-FNA in the University-Hospital, “Laikon”.

PUBLICATIONS IN PEER-REVIEWER SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS

  • 97 publications in international journals with a mean impact factor 2,84.
  • 34 publications in Greek journals.
  • Over 1300 citations.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • 6 chapters in Textbooks for undergraduate students.
  • 7 chapters in books from postgraduate meetings.

CONGRESSES

  • Presentations in 24 international and 68 Greek congresses.
  • Invited speaker in 17 Greek and 6 International Congresses.

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS

Research centers in Greece

  • National Greek Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology
  • National Center of Research in Physical Sciences “Demokritos”
  • Institute for Biomedical Research of the Athens Academy

International  research Centers

  • National Institute of Health, Department of Pathology, Bethesda-Maryland
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • GSF-Fonchungrzentrum fur Universitat und Gesundheit, Munich.

Academic international centers

  • University of Leipzig, Department of Endocrinolgy
  • TUM University of Munich, Department of Pathology


GRANTS
Recipient of 8 Greek and 2 international (ATA; DFG) grants, mostly for Thyroid-Research.

MAIN FIELD OF INTEREST
Fine needle aspiration of thyroid in the evaluation of thyroid nodules. Immunohistochemical and molecular studies in tumors of endocrine organs, focused in thyroid carcinoma.

Member of 6 greek  and 8 international scientific societies

Reviewer in 9 scientific journals


PARTICIPATION IN COMMITTEES

For education

  • Committee for the Program of the MSci “Application of Biology in Medicine”
  • Postgraduate Program of the First Department of Pathology, University of Athens
  • Committee for the undergraduate program of the Medical School of Athens
  • Committee for Education of the Greek Society of Pathology
  • Committee for medical-student-exchange (IFMSA)
  • Committee for scholarship-awards of DAAD (Germany)

For  Guidelines

  • Member of the taskforce for the publication of guidelines for the diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules by ETA/AACEE/AME (2010)

Selected Publications

Lymphocytic thyroiditis in fine needle aspiration: differential diagnostic aspects. Diagn Cytopathol 5(4), 362-365, 1989.

Fas/Fas Ligand upregulation and BCL 2 downregulation may be significant in the pathogenesis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. J Clin Endocrinol Metab  83,2199-203, 1998

Thyroid carcinoma cells are resistant to fas-mediated apoptosis but sensitive to tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand. Cancer Res 60, 4122-29, 2000.

Parathyroid proliferations:  a source of diagnostic pitfalls in FNA of thyroid. Cancer Cytol 2000, Mar (2).

Fibrillin expression and localization in various types of carcinomas of the thyroid gland. Mod Pathol 19, 695-700, 2006.

Mutational and immunohistochemical study of the PI3K/Akt pathway in the papillary Ca in Greece. Endocr Pathol 21, 90-100, 2010

Circulating adiponectin is inversely associated with risk of thyroid cancer. J Clin Endocr Metab 96, 2038-8, 2011

A decision support system for assisting fine needle aspiration diagnosis of thyroid malignancy. Anal Quant Cytol Histol 33, 215-22, 2011

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