8th Annual International Conference on Biology
20-23 June 2022, Athens, Greece
Program (Athens Local Time)
(Note 1: the program is organized along time slots and not according to common theme)
(Note 2: at the end of each time slot questions and discussions will follow)
(Note 3: Please note that many attendees including those who present a paper may choose the online option.
However, ATINER will provide full fledged services (lunches, dinners, excursions) even if one participant presents onsite.)

Monday 20 June 2022


Opening and Welcoming Remarks:

  • Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER


Coordinator: Ms. Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER.

  1. Carmelo Bernabeu, Researcher, Margarita Salas Center for Biological Research, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain.
    Elisa Rossi, Associate Professor, University of Paris, France.
    Title: Role of Human Endothelial Endoglin in Cell Adhesion: Current Status and Perspectives.
  2. Nileena Velappan, Researcher, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA.
    Title: Developing Antibodies to Viral Envelope Proteins: Influenza A and SARS CoV2.
  3. Aadil Sheikh, Professor, National Health Service, UK.
    Title: The Utility of Smartphone-Based Artificial Intelligence Approaches for Diabetic Retinopathy: A Literature Review and Meta-Analysis.
  4. Martha Chadyiwa, Lecturer, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
    Title: Adherence to Standard Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines in Medical Laboratories in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Time Slot 2a

Time Slot 2b

Coordinator: Dr. Paul Contoyannis, Head, Health Economics & Management Unit, ATINER & Associate Professor, McMaster University, Canada.

  1. Dimitrios Kourouklis, Senior Economist, Office of Health Economics, UK and Researcher, Mines ParisTech, France, Edward Oliver, Economist, Office of Health Economics, UK.
    Title: Do R&D Tax Credits Impact Pharmaceutical Innovation? Evidence from a Synthetic Control Approach.
  2. Lotte Daniels, PhD Student, Hasselt University, Belgium.
    Title: Virtual Reality Evidence on the Impact of Physicians’ Open Versus Defensive Communication on Patients.
  3. Panagiota Rempelou, Medical Doctor, Hospital Santorso, Italy
    Title: The Bouba-Kiki Test during COVID Pandemia.
Coordinator: Ms. Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER.

  1. Diana Araja, Researcher, Riga Stradins University, Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Latvia.
    Title: Post-COVID-19 Consequences to Public Health.
  2. Svenja Adamek, Section 2.1 ‘Fundamental questions, policy consultation and reporting on the world of work’, The Institute for Work Design of North Rhine-Westphalia (, Germany.
    Title: Advancing towards the New Normal: Implications for Healthy and Productive Telework from a Representative Employee Survey.



Coordinator: Mr. Kostas Spyropoulos

  1. Zahra Khazaeipour, Associate Professor, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran.
    Title: Indirect Effects of COVID-19 in Referring Patients to Hospitals in Iran.
  2. Hannele Laaksonen, Principal Lecturer, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland.
    Title: Finnish Remote Leadership in Home Care during the Pandemic.
  3. Nawal Ouhmad, PhD Student, University of Tours, France.
    Title: Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Executive Functioning.
  4. Mia Athina Thomaidou, PhD Candidate, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
    Title: Mental Illness as a Sentencing Determinant: Comparative Analysis of New York and Kansas Case-Law Based on a Novel Machine Learning Methodology.



Coordinator: Mr. Kostas Spyropoulos

  1.  Ken Roberts, Emeritus Professor, University of Liverpool, UK.
    Title: Back to Normal? Time Use, Work and Leisure in the UK Before, During, Between and Following the COVID-19 Lockdowns.
  2. Michael Galea, Senior Lecturer, University of Malta, Malta.
    Title: COVID-19, our Elderly and their Careers: The Way Forward.
  3. Golnoush Kazeminezhad, PhD Student, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA.
    Title: Impact of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana on Physical Violence Among Adolescents.

Greek Night

Tuesday 21 June 2022


Old and New-An Educational Urban Walk

The urban walk ticket is not included as part of your registration fee. It includes transportation costs and the cost to enter the Parthenon and the other monuments on the Acropolis Hill. The urban walk tour includes the broader area of Athens. Among other sites, it includes: Zappion, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Ancient Roman Agora and on Acropolis Hill: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and the Parthenon. The program of the tour may be adjusted, if there is a need beyond our control. This is a private event organized by ATINER exclusively for the conference participants.


Time Slot 6a

Time Slot 6b

Coordinator: Mr. Kostas Spyropoulos

  1. Victor Almeida, Student, University of Bologna, Italy.
    Paolo Ricci, Professor, University of Bologna, Italy.
    Title: Climate Change and Human Migration: Managing the Cascade Effects Initiated by Natural Disasters.
  2. Birgitta Evengård, Professor, Umeå University, Sweden.
    Title: Climate Change and Transition of Infectious Diseases in the North.
  3. Sayin San, Assistant Professor, Sakarya University, Turkey.
    Title: Another Aspect of Gender Discrimination: Obesity in Turkish Women.
  4. Constantinos Alexiou, Professor, Cranfield University, UK.
    Title: Income Inequality, Health Outcomes and Financial Crisis.
Coordinator: Ms. Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER.

  1. Sam Coley, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University, UK.
    Title: UK Radio’s Response to COVID-19: A Reappraisal of Radio as a ‘Crisis’ Medium through the Exploration of a Production Case Study.
  2. Zoe Boutsioli, Vice President of Publications, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).
    Victoria Bigelow, Fulbright Scholar, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).
    Olga Gkounta, Researcher, Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER).
    Title: Essays on COVID-19 Research. 
  3. Zaeem Moti, Medical Student, Imperial College London, UK.
    Title: Antibiotic Therapy versus Appendicectomy: An Economic Evaluation on Treatment for Acute Uncomplicated Appendicitis.


Coordinator: Ms. Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER.

  1. Michelle Newberry, Associate Professor, University of Southampton, UK.
    Title: Attitudes towards the Use of Illegal Wildlife in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  2. Adi Mana, Senior Lecturer, Peres Academic Center, Israel.
    Title: Individual, Social and National Coping Resources in Time of COVID-19 Pandemic: International and Longitudinal Study.
  3. Almudena Moreno, PhD Student, Public University of Navarra, Spain.
    Title: Trend in Mortality from Cancer in Rural and Urban Areas in a European Country.
  4. Besmira Lahi, Chair, Department of Psychology, University of New York Tirana, Albania.
    Title: The Rise of Students’ Social Anxiety during COVID-19 Online Learning.



Coordinator: Ms. Olga Gkounta, Researcher, ATINER.

  1. Chrysoula Gitsoulis, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York, USA.
    Title: What Do Hippocrates’ Doctor and Aristotle’s Poet Share in Common?
  2. Dorota Tymura, Assistant Professor, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland.
    Title: Therapeutic Aspect of Antisthenes’ Philosophy.
  3. Suzan Yesil, PhD Candidate, Texas Tech University, USA.
    Title: The Role of Parental Involvement in COVID-19 Pandemic Trauma Recovery in Undergraduate University Student.

Greek Home-Made Dinner (includes the traditional Greek household hospitality and quality)

Wednesday 22 June 2022
Educational Islands Cruise
Mycenae Visit
Thursday 23 June 2022
Delphi Tour