Medical Olympicus Association


“Aιεν αριστεύειν” “Always best”

The aim and the activities of the Association

The aim of Medical Olympicus Association (MOA) is the advancement and research of medical art, science, technology and pharmacology. MOA is a non-profit association run by university professors throughout the world.

The Olympiads are of interest to physicians, physicists, chemists, radiopharmacists, technologists, nurses and others interested in the practice of all fields of Medicine.

The 1st Olympiad was held in Thessaloniki on 23-25 September 2011.

According to our constitution, the Mayor of Thessaloniki and the President of the Medical School of Thessaloniki or their replacers are members of our Board. An International Medical Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Board of Directors of MOA, co-ordinates the international activities of the Olympiads.

Third International Medical Olympiad

"Αιεν αριστεύειν" "Always best"

2-4 October 2015

Original papers of social interest from all medical specialties, biosciences

and medical technologies

Under the auspices of His all Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, the Greek Ministry of Health and the Medical School of the University of Thessaloniki
Under the sponsorship of the Research Committee of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and of EOT
Communicating sponsor Focus 103.6 FM

General Information-Programme

Honored Countries: USA, Japan, UK, India, Italy

Preliminary Programme-Committees-Information-Abstracts

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The Administrative Board

President: Grammaticos Philip, Vice-President: Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi, Secretary: Kokkas Basil, Treasurer: Giannoulis Eleftherios, Members: Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Foroglou Pericles, Melfou Fani

A few words from the President of the Organizing Committee

Dear Colleagues,

Working on prototype research work of social importance is much more useful and desirable than producing research papers in order to confirm others’ results. One can see CVs with hundreds of papers and still be disappointed by their importance and social impact. Quality versus quantity of papers from all medical specialties and technologies, are welcome.

It is a unique scientific pleasure to communicate with other colleagues, from all medical specialties discussing and evaluating their virtue.

Medicine is the most important science because according to Hippocrates, it is the only one that can heal ill health and offer better life conditions as our Creator offered health and life to us. Socrates, the philosopher, considered that a physician as being an “educated man” should express honesty, reason, humility and control his pleasures. It is my opinion that a physicians by treating others can retrieve happiness for themselves.

I must say that the schedule of the Olympiad has been organized very carefully in every detail, so as to be concise and offer plenty of useful prototype knowledge.

In order to improve social communication, we invite you all to join the Welcome Reception on Friday evening in October 2, 2015 and the next Sunday morning excursion to a magnificent view and unique ancient site, in Mount Olympus.

I welcome you all and hope that you will experience a fruitful and pleasant stay during the 3rd Medical Olympiad.

The President of the Organizing Committee

Philip Grammaticos

The Organizing Committee

Presidents: Grammaticos Philip and Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi

Members (alphabetically): Giannoulis Eleftherios, Giannoulis Kleanthis, Goulis Demetrios, Ioannidis Demetrios, Foroglou Pericles, Kokkas Basil, Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Natsis Konstantinos, Oikonomou Panayotis, Parharidis Georgios, Siokos Apostolos, Tzafetas Ioannis

Regional Members (alphabetically): Karagiannis Tomas, Australia, Sinzinger Helmut, Austria, Bandopadhyaya Gurupad, India, Palumbo Barbara, Rubini Giuseppe, Italy, Yamamoto Tomoaki, Japan, Ajdinovic Boris, Serbia, Boudoulas Haris, Katsetos Christos, USA, and Fotopoulos Andeas, Notopoulos Athanasios and Zisimopoulos Athanasios, Greece

The Scientific Committee

President: Manthos Anastasios, Ex-rector of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Members (alphabetically): Albani Maria, Baloyiannis Stavros, Bostanzopoulou Sevasti, Costa Vasiliki, Dimitrakos Stavros, Kallaras

Konstantinos, Karakioulakis George, Karamouzis Michael, Kardaras Panayiotis, Karlovasitou Anna, Oikonomou Panayiotis,

Orologas Anastasios, Roilidis Emmanouil, Tsanakas Ioannis, Tsolaki Magda


The International Advisors (alphabetically)

1. Ajdinovic Boris, Belgrade, Serbia, 2. Alavi Abass, Philadelphia, USA, 3. Al-Nahhas Adil, U.K, 4. Amariglio Ninette, Tel Hashomer, Israel, 5. Artiko Vera, Belgrade, Serbia, 6. Anagnostopoulos Konstantinos, Athens, Greece, 7. Bandopadyaya Gurupad, New Delhi, India, 8. Bhattacharya Anish, India, 9. Boudoulas Harisios, Ohio, USA, 10. Byeong-Cheol Ahn, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 11. Chatzizisis Yiannis, Boston, USA, 12. De Geeter Frank, Brussels, Belgium, 13. Delivoria-Papadopoulou Maria, Philadelphia, USA, 14. Dhawan Devinder, Chandigarh, India, 15. Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss Antonia, Heidelberg, Germany, 16. Dungu Serafim, Kenya, 17. Ejeh Enyi John, Ibadan, Nigeria, 18. Frangos Savvas, Nicosia, Cyprus, 19. Fries Liana, Switzerland, 20. Furman Evgeny Grigroyeviech, Perm, Russia, 21. Hadjiiliadis Denis, Philadelphia, USA, 22. Henning Madsen Poul, Fredericia, Denmark, 23. van Isselt Hans, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24. Kalangos Afksendyios, Geneva, Switzerland, 25. Karagiannis Tom, Melbourne, Australia, 26. Korczyn Amos, Tel Aviv, Israel, 27. Kosareva Polina, Perm, Russia, 28. Kruja Jera, Tirana, Albania, 29. Katsetos Christos, Philadelphia, USA, 30. Klissarova Anelya, Varna, Bulgaria, 31. Kumar Rakesh, India, 32. Kwang Pan Lung, Taichung, Taiwan, R.O.C, 33. Kurt Jellinger, Vienna, Austria, 34. Lass Piotr, Krakow, Poland, 35. Leszek Jerzy, Warsaw, Poland, 36. Lionis Christos, Crete, Greece, 37. Mantzoros Christos, Boston, USA, 38. Mittal Bhagwant Rai, Chandigarh, India, 39. Muresanu Dafin, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 40. Nabipour Iraj, Bushehr, Iran, 41. Papagianni Aikaterini, Thessaloniki, Greece, 42. Palumbo Barbara, Perugia, Italy, 43. Paschos Emmanuel, Dortmund, Germany, 44. Petropoulos Andreas, Baku, Azerbaijan, 45. Piperkova Elena, Sofia, Bulgaria, 46. Royce Simon, Melbourne, Australia, 47. Rubini Giuseppe, Bari, Italy, 48. Sarafidis Alex, Geneva, Switzerland, 49. Sathekge Mike, Pretoria, South Africa, 50. Sayman Haluk, Istanbul, Turkey, 51. Shigeru Sanada, Kanazawa, Japan, 52. Singh Baljinder, Chandigarh, India, 53. Sinzinger Helmut, Vienna, Austria,  54. Siokou Olga, New York, USA, 55. Speroff Leon, Portland, USA, 56. Tavernarakis Nektarios, Heraklion, Greece, 57. Tzounopoulos Thanos, Pittsburgh, USA, 58. Tousimis Tasos, Maryland, USA, 59. Tsopelas Chris, Adelaide, Australia, 60. Tsoumpas Harrys, Leeds, U.K, 61. Wisniewski Thomas, New York, USA, 62. Yamamoto Tomoaki, Tokyo, Japan

The Awards Committee

Grammaticos Philip, Manthos Anastasios, Argyropoulou-Pataka Paraskevi, Foroglou Pericles

The Executive Committee

Grammaticos Philip, Giannoulis Eleftherios, Kokkas Basil, Mironidou-Tzouveleki Maria, Siokos Apostolos, Oikonomou Panayiotis

The Cooperating Societies

The Society of Atherosclerosis. The Society of  Gastrenterology. The Society of Geriatrics. The Society of Gynecology. The Society of Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Medicine. The Society of Addictive Substances.  The Society of Nuclear Medicine.  The Society of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Diseases. The Society of Multiple Sclerosis. The Hellenic Society of Nephrology.


Meeting venue: Capsis Hotel, 18, Monastiriou Str, P.C. 54629, Tel. +30 2310 596800, Thessaloniki, Greece

Official language of the Meeting: English.

Criteria for the evaluation of papers have been:

  1. Originality on a new subject-basis: 40%, or on an existing concept: 30%,  
  2. Social impact: 25%,
  3.  Statistical support or sufficient proof of results: 25%,
  4. Typical and simple presentation, easy to qualify: 10%. Total: 90%-100%.

Three high prizes will be awarded to the three best papers among all. The 3 high prizes will be accompanied by a diploma. The first prize will be accompanied by a commemorative set of five gold plated stamps of Parthenon marbles encased in a handmade velvet box and also accompanied by a monetary prize of 500€. The second prize will be accompanied by a replica of a Hellenic Trireme model of the Hellenistic period 4th-2ndcent. b.C, handcrafted by a special metal alloy encased in a handmade red velvet box and also accompanied by a monetary prize of 400€. The third prize is accompanied by a replica of a Hellenic Trireme model of the Hellenistic period 7th-4thcent. b.C, handcrafted by a special metal alloy encased in a handmade blue-black velvet box and also accompanied by a monetary prize of 300€.One to three prizes will be awarded to papers from every specialty. Five replicas of Hellenistic Trireme models will also be awarded to Medical specialties. The “Nuclear Medicine” prize will be accompanied by a monetary amount of 300€ devoted symbolically to late professor Nikos Karkavitsas. There will also be a monetary prize for the subject “Surgery of Endocrine Glands specifically of Thyroid Gland” devoted to Professor Tassos Aidonopoulos.

Instructions for Abstracts. Abstracts may be up to one and a half A4 page long, with borders of 2cm around the text and 1.5 distance between the lines, written in Times New Roman letters size 12, at any format, preferably the format of Hell. J. Nucl. Med., Abstracts and all the whole papers may be published after the authors’ consent, in the supplement of HJNM, IF. 0.986 after 5-10-2015.

The final programme-booklet will be distributed to the participants register in the Olympiad. This booklet includes: a) all necessary information for the 3rd Olympiad, b) the abstracts of all papers orally presented and 2 questions and their answers given by the authors.

There will be a short programme for common views. Round tables or posters are not allowed in the Olympiads.

There will be only one invited lecture which will be presented at the Welcome ceremony.The Chairpersons of every session will have a few minutes to introduce the speakers. For every paper to be presented, at least one author should be registered. The time allowed for every orally presented paper will be 15min and for discussion, 5min. Authors are kindly requested to comply with this timetable. For more information please contact us at the e-mail address of the Association.

The Excursion.  All participants to the Οlympiad and their accompanying members may participate to the Sunday 4-10-2015 excursion. The participants will be informed of sites of archeological interest at Olympus Mt., visit the historical monastery St. Dionysios, now rebuilt, and finally rest in a small restaurant at Prionia at 1200 meters, in Mt. Olympus. The excursion is escorted by an experienced tourist guide. The excursion bus will leave from Capsis Hotel at about 09.00am and return there at about 15.00 hours. Those who want to have lunch at Prionia must inform the secretariat. They may have lunch a la carte. The special “goat soup” is usually served at Prionia.

Registration fee: The registration fee is 150€ which includes the Meeting, the Opening Ceremony, the coffee breaks and the excursion without the lunch at Prionia. This fee may be partly or totally waved after communication with the Organizing Committee. For every paper to be presented, at least one author should be registered.

You may pay by person at the secretariat or via our account of Iatrikos Olympicos Syndesmos in Alpha Bank IBAN: GR50 0140 7080 4740 0200 2004 801, BIC: CRBAGRAAXXX. Please mention the name of the depositor. 

Accommodation at Capsis Hotel, 18, Monastiriou Str, P.C. 54629 Thessaloniki, Greece, Tel: +30 2310 596800, Fax: +30 2310 510555, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , has offered special prizes for the participants of the Meeting: single or double room, with breakfast and VAT included, costs only 70€. Please dial: +30 2310 596800, Capsis Hotel.

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Friday 2 October 2015

08.30 - 14.00 Registration

Time for presentation: 15min. Time for discussion: 5min

Plastic Surgery, Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacology  Chairpersons:

09.00 - 10.20 Helmut Sinzinger (Austria)-Pericles Foroglou (Greece)-Natalie Bonvino (Australia)

  • Assessing an avoidable and dispensable reoperative entity: self-referred flawed cleft lip and palate repair. P. Foroglou et al.
  • Assessment of therapeutic response of radioimmunotherapy with yttrium-90-labelled rituximab (chimeric anti-CD20 antibody) in patients with relapsed and refractory B cell NHL-first prospective trial in India. P. Thakral et al.
  • In-111-polyclonal HIG identifies patients but not atherosclerotic lesions at risk-a 5 years follow-up. H. Sinzinger et al.
  • Application of Kanban system on a hospital pharmacy. E. Mitka

10.20 - 10.30    Welcome address - Useful announcements by the President of the Organizing Committee

10.30 - 10.55    Coffee / Tea break

Nuclear Medicine, Neurology Chairpersons:

10.55 - 13:15 Gurupad Bandopadhyaya (India)-Giuseppe Rubini (Italy)-Dungu Serafim (Kenya)

  • Role of 18F-DOPA PET/CT and 131I-MIBG planar scintigraphy in evalating patients with pheochromocytoma. G.P.Bandopadhyaya et al.
  • Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma: predictive value of interim 18FDG-PET/CT in therapy response assessment. C. Ferrari et al.
  • Role of dopaminergic neurotransmission in pathophysiology of Action Tremor in Parkinson’s Disease. A. N. Asabella et al.
  • Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in the evaluation of response to antibiotic therapy in patients affected by infectious spondylodiscitis. A. Di Palo et al.
  • The diagnostic performance of 99mTc-HMPAO radiolabeled leukocytes scintigraphy in the investigation of infections. A single center experience. A. Notopoulos et al.
  • Validation of numerical outputs of IAEA software by the analysis of diuretic nephrogram in children with antenatally detected hydronephrosis. S. Beatovic et al.

13:15     Lunch break

17.00 - 17.30     Special innovative presentation
About the new center for treatment of cancer by protons. Alexandros Kokolakis

Welcome Ceremony

19.00 - 19.30    Special innovative presentations
Ebola Check: Delivering molecular diagnostics at the point of need. Stergios A. Moschos

19.30 - 22.00    Evidence-based, innovative therapeutic medicine of Cretan plants: some encouraging specific functions and
claims. Professor Christos Lionis invited lecturer

Welcome reception

Saturday 3 October 2015

Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nuclear Medicine Chairpersons:

09.30 - 11.30  Fotios Topouzis (Greece)-Harisios Boudoulas (USA)-Frank De Geeter (Belgium)-Giagkos Lavranos (Cyprus)

  • Intravitreal aflibercept for the treatment of wet age related macular degeneration: one year experience. E. Papavasileiou et. al.
  • The role of anti-VEGF treatment in diabetic macular edema. V. Zygoura et al.Quantification of parafoveal capillary network using a semi-automated algorithm. Z. Kapsala et al.Serum levels of fetuin-a in patients with coronary artery disease correlation with SPECT myocardium scintigraphy. A. Zissimopoulos et al.
  • Preventing cardiac diseases in childhood. A. Petropoulos et al.Imaging of cardiac amyloidosis by 99mTc-PYP scintigraphy. V. Papantoniou et al.

11.30 - 12.00    Coffee / Tea break

Neurology, Psychology, Cancer, Pharmacology Chairpersons:

12.00 - 14.00  Magda Tsolaki (Greece)-Maria Mironidou (Greece)-Demetrios Ioannidis (Greece)- Milovan Matovic (Serbia)

  • 18F-FBPA as a tumor specific tracer of L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1): PET evaluation in tumor and inflammation compared to 18F-FDG and 11C-methionine. T. Watabe, J. Hatazawa
  • Exploration of mechanisms in nutriepigenomics: Identification of chromatin-modifying compounds from Olea Europaea. N. P. Bonvino et al.
  • Neuropsychological disorders in patients with brain tumor. A. Nikouei et al.
  • Using a self-administered virtual reality application for remote cognitive screening. S. Zygouris et al.
  • Our experience with the use of new technologies in dementia. M. Tsolaki et al.
  • The role of copeptin in patients with subarachnoid haemorrage. A. Zissimopoulos et al.

14.00     Lunch break

Nuclear Medicine, Technology Chairpersons:

17.00 - 19.00  Tomoaki Yamamoto (Japan)-Boris Ajdinovic (Serbia)-Vassilios Kokkas (Greece)

  • Triple negative locally advanced breast cancer: Value of interim FDG PET-CT in predicting the outcome of neoadjuvant therapy (A single centre prospective study). S. Dash et al.
  • Three reasons for on-line remote telemonitoring of patients treated with high doses of radionuclide therapy. Our experience. M. Matovic et al.
  • Radioguided surgery using gamma detection probe technology for resection of cerebral glioma. A. Nikouei et al.
  • Voxel based internal dosimetry during radionuclide therapy. I. Vamvakas, M. Lyra
  • The diagnostic performance and added value of FDG PET/CT in detection of liver metastases in recurrent colorectal carcinoma patients. S. Beatovic et al.
  • A generic ABCDE algorithm for radiology image or pathology slide diagnosis. C. Zioga, X. Destouni
Nephrology, Neurology, Nuclear Medicine Chairpersons:

19.00 - 21.00    Stavros Baloyannis (Greece)-Andreas Petropoulos (Azerbaijan)-Eleftherios Giannoulis (Greece)-Alexandros Sarafidis (Belgium)

  • The role of radionuclide imaging in the diagnosis infected prosthetic joints. L. Brammen
  • Brain capillaries in Alzheimer’s disease. S. J. Baloyannis
  • The importance of angiotensin II type 1 receptor gene polymorphism to losartan treatment in improving glomerulopathy in type 1 diabetic patients. B. Ajdinovic et al.
  • Sitagliptin reduces urinary microalbumin in experimental model of diabetic nephropathy. I. Tsavdaridis et al.
  • The impact of low back and neck pain on dentistry students in Northern Greece. E. Samoladas et al.
  • Can tumor necrosis factor a (TNF-a) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) be used as prognostic markers of infection following ureteroscopic lithrotripsy and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy for ureteral stones? A. Bantis et al.

20.40    Conclusions-Prizes-Awards by the President of the Organizing Committee


Sunday 4 October 2015

09.00 - 15.00   All participants to the Οlympiad and their accompanying members may participate to the Sunday 4-10-2015 excursion to Mt. Olympus and to visit un route the historical monastery of St. Dionysios, now rebuilt, and finally to rest in a small restaurant at Prionia at 1.200 meters, in Mt. Olympus, escorted by an experienced tourist guide. The excursion bus will leave from Capsis Hotel at about 09.00am and return there at about 15.00hours. Head of the excursion will be Dr. Vasileios Kokkas.


The 2nd International Medical Olympiad

We are pleased to inform you that the 2nd International Medical Olympiad, which was held on 18-20 October 2013 in Thessaloniki was a great success. There were many participants, as one can see from the attached photos, from more than 20 countries around the world. About 40 papers were selected for oral presentation among submitted papers, twice this number. All papers had to be original and of social interest.
Another innovation of the Olympiads is that the Organizing Committee poses questions for every paper accepted and the replies of the authors, along with an extended abstract of their paper(s), are published in the Archives Book distributed to all participants. All oral presentations may be published, after the Olympiad, as full papers in a special supplement issue, if the authors wish to do so.
As in all Olympiads there were no posters, round tables or free lectures. As it is customary, there was only one prototype lecture before the opening ceremony.

The 3 high prizes were awarded to papers referring as follows:

a) To a paper from USA, which showed evidence of diagnosing glioblastoma from a serum examination by N. Maounis.
b) A paper from Australia by Tom Karagiannis, who identified  in olive oil a new factor able to prevent the growth of cancer and
c) a paper from Democritus Centre, Greece by P. Alexiou, which showed evidence of making leukemia cancer cells more sensitive to anticancer drugs. As the President of the Medical Olympicus Association noted: The fact that a paper is selected for oral presentation, is per se a distinction for the authors. Prizes for every specialty and distinctions were also awarded.

The participants had the chance to listen and participate in discussions that covered a broad field of original medical knowledge. This was a new experience for the audience who was able to communicate with colleagues from various medical specialties and express interesting thoughts and views. After the Meeting was over, many colleagues communicated with us with complimentary words about this Meeting. We wish that the Olympiads are creative, practical and pleasant.

The scientific event lasted only 2 days so as to present the best papers possible and also not to keep the participants for long, away from their usual duties at home.

An interesting excursion to the Royal Tombs of the Macedonian king Philip, and his son, Alexander the Great, took place the following morning after the scientific programme.

Figure. 1 (left). The President of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd Olympiad, Prof. emer. Philip  Grammaticos (left) and Prof. Helmut Sinzinger (right)  Figure 2 (right). From the morning session on Saturday 19-10-2013: From right: Prof. emer. Gurupad Bandopadhyaya, Dr. Giagkos Lavranos and Prof. Eleftherios Giannoulis.

Photos:  (Left): The President of the Organizing Committee of the 2nd Olympiad, Prof. emer. Philip Grammaticos and Prof. Helmut Sinzinger. Grammaticos (left) and Prof. Helmut Sinzinger (right)

(Right): From the morning session on Saturday 19-10-2013: From right: Prof. emer. Gurupad Bandopadhyaya, Dr. Giagkos Lavranos and Prof. Eleftherios Giannoulis.

Figure 5 (left). Prof. emer. Philip Grammaticos during his lecture on Neohippocratic Medicine.  Figure 6 (right). From the evening session on Saturday 19-10-2013: From right, Prof. Barbara Palumbo, Prof. emer. Vasileios Kokkas and Prof. Tomoaki Yamamoto.

Photos: (Left): Prof. emer. Philip Grammaticos during his lecture on Neohippocratic Medicine.

(Right): From the evening session on Saturday 19-10-2013: From right: Prof. Barbara Palumbo, Prof. emer. Vasileios Kokkas and Prof. Tomoaki Yamamoto.


On September 12, 2014 Medical Olympicus Association organized a series of lectures devoted to Hippocrates, Neo-Hippocratic Medicine and also devoted to medical treatment applied in the Asclepieion of the island of Kos.

By the term “Neo-Hippocratic Medicine”, which was first introduced by Professor Nicolas Louros in Athens, we mean: useful medical observations evaluated or supported by recent medical research and literature. A well-known example of that is the observation of Hippocrates that when animals become sick, they rub their back on the bark of a specific willow tree for treatment. This observation was evaluated and supported by recent research and medical literature which proved that this specific tree produces the well-known salicylic acid used in making aspirin.

In ancient Asclepieia patients were first prepared psychologically and in order to respect their physicians while waiting for the treatment. Democritus who was a teacher of Hippocrates said to Hippocrates that the soul is liberated only by philosophy (suggesting that the soul must be prepared before any treatment is applied to the body) and that medicine only liberates or treats the body. In Asclepieia injuries were treated by ointments, surgical operations and cauterization. If no treatment was successful, then the case was called untreatable. Other treatments referred to psychological, ophthalmic, gynaecological diseases etc. Haemoptysis was treated by a mixture of the dust of the pine tree seeds with honey taken for three days. The first nurse in 1250 B.C., as mentioned by Homer in Iliad, was the “nice hands having–calliplokamos” Eucamide who was first nurse to king Nestor. The name Asclepios means the one who treats “non-harmonic health conditions”. Asclepios lived in 1250 B.C. which means that ancient medicine flourished at that time.

In photo no 1 you may see the Chairmen of the Meeting. In photos no 2 and 3 you may see colleagues attending the lecture of Prof. M. Myronidou and a musical break.


The following article published about 20 years ago in the Greek journal “Eleftherotypia” is summarized below:

Medical races, instead of meetings, in Antiquity

by Dr Sevasti Haviara-Karachaliou, Opthalmologist

Professor of History A. Kouzis wrote that the virtue of competing in the form of races is an old Greek tradition. 

Races aimed to improve both the physical condition of the body and the mental condition of the brain of the athletes.

In parallel with the athletic races, various other races were included in every religious ceremony. These races were musical, theatrical, dancing, reciting, poetic, rehearsal, rhapsody, painting, in order to combine the pleasure of the body and the educational pleasure of the brain.

Ancient physicians also participated in the spiritual races as was inscribed on ancient marble columns that were discovered in 1904 in Ephesus by the Austrian archaeologist Dr J. Keil. In eight of these columns it was inscribed that in the end of the 2nd and the beginning of the 3rd century AD besides the religious ceremonies, medical races also took place [1].  In Ephesus there was a spiritual institute similar to the Ptolemy II, the so-called Ptolemy Philadelphus, University in Alexandria. In this institute, which was also called Museum, groups of ancient scholars whose life project to learn and distribute knowledge were hosted. This Museum was devoted, as its name implies, to the nine Muses. The Medical Races were divided into four categories: a) surgery, b) organs, c) medical problems and d) therapeutic opinions. In the first category only surgeons participated. The speed, the technique and the final result of the operation designated the winner. The winners were awarded wreaths like all other athletes. In the category of organs the construction of useful tools was rewarded. The third category of medical problems referred to the diagnosis of diseases or the pathology of various organs.

Specific problems that the judges of the above races put to the contestants are mentioned by the medico-philosopher Kosios and by Alexander of Aphrodisias.  The latter states the following: “Why fear makes people pale, why those who are ashamed blush, why those who are beaten see flames etc”.

The fourth category referred to the submission of a medical paper including treatment. In this category the major physician of Antiochia, Simeon Sith(is), was awarded the first prize for his paper “Contribution according to the elements and the power of foods” [2].

Τhe well-known physician Fikianos (2nd century AD), one of the teachers of Galen, received the first prize in Medical Races organized in Pergamos.

In the 19th century Dr George Simvoulidis tried to revive the contest for the best medical monograph [3]. After him, Professor A. Kouzis in one of his lectures praised Dr Simvoulidis who had organized these medical races for forty five years, in order to improve medical science, especially among young physicians, and honored the best achievements in medicine by awarding them a wreath and valuable prizes [4]. 

In our days many medical congresses and meetings are organized where physicians and specialists from pharmaceutical and technology firms present their work. It is unfortunate that in these meetings researchers are satisfied by the oral presentation and the inclusion of their papers in the archives of the meetings. It is also unfortunate that some medical equipment is often presented without sufficient application in medical practice. In these and other meetings, the papers submitted do not compete for prizes (like in ancient Greece). 

1. Keil J, Aerjteinschriften aus Ephesos, Wien Bd YIII 1905. (in German)
2. Simeon Sith(is), “Treatise about the power of specific diets». (treatise of the 11th century AD in Greek)
3. Kouzis A, Symvoulideios Agon 1906. Medical Archives 1907. (in Greek)

Χαβιάρα – Καραχάλιου Σεβαστή, «Ιατρικοί αγώνες αντί συνεδρίων στην Αρχαιότητα», εφ. Ελευθεροτυπία, 17/9/96, σελ. 26.


Advisors are kindly requested to:

a) Inform colleagues of their scientific area about the aims of the International Medical Olympicus Association and about the 3rd Olympiad,
b) Collect from their scientific area the papers submitted from all medical disciplines and, if they wish, evaluate them. If, for any reason, Advisors wish not to evaluate papers, they may send them to us for evaluation or ask that papers be sent directly to us.
c) They may wish to advise the Administrative Board of the International Medical Olympicus Association about the best means/tactics to organize the 3rd Olympiad. The Organizing Committee may often communicate with the Advisors.

We invite all medical specialties to participate in the 3rd International Medical Olympiad by submitting original papers of social interest through their National Advisors or directly through us.

The President of the Organizing Committee                        The Secretary
Prof. Emer. P. Grammaticos                                            Prof. Emer. V. Kokkas

Friday 2 October 2015

08.30 - 14.00 Registration

Time for presentation: 15min. Time for discussion: 5min

Welcome address - Announcements by the President of the Organizing Committee

Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, Rheumatology, New Technology Chairpersons:

09.15 - 11.30 Natalie Bonvino (Australia) - Helmut Sinzinger (Austria) - Maria Mironidou (Greece)

11.30 - 12.10 Coffee / Tea break

Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry Chairpersons:

12.10 - 14:10 Abass Alavi (USA) - Harisios Boudoulas (USA) - Stavros Baloyannis (Greece)

14:10 - 17.30 Lunch break

Internal Medicine, Immunology, Dermatology Chairpersons:

17.30 - 19.10 Christos Lionis (Crete) - Giuseppe Rubini (Italy) - Demetrios Ioannidis (Greece)

19.30 - 22.00 Opening Ceremony

Philip Grammaticos: Additional Neohippocratic information about vision - lymphatics - diaphragm and brain. (10min)

Prototype invited lecture. (30min)


Saturday 3 October 2015

Endocrinology, Gynecology, Medical Physics Chairpersons:

09.30 - 11.30 Giagkos Lavranos (Cyprus) - George Foundos (Greece) - Ioannis Tzafettas (Greece)

11.30 - 12.10 Coffee / Tea break

Otorhinolaryngology, Diabetes Chairpersons:

11.50 - 13.50 Vassiliki Drosou-Agakidou (Greece) - Devinder Dhawan (India) -

Anish Bhattacharya (India)

13.10 - 17.30 Lunch break

Cancer, Pharmacology, Technology Chairpersons:

17.30 - 19.30 Tomoaki Yamamoto (Japan) - Barbara Palumbo (Italy) - Vassilios Kokkas (Greece)

19.30 - 20.00 Coffee / Tea break

Gastroenterology, Haematology, Genetics, Nuclear Medicine Chairpersons:

20.00 - 21.00 Gurupad Bandopadhyaya (India) - Eleftherios Giannoulis (Greece) - Boris Ajdinovic (Serbia)

21.00 Conclusions by the President of the Organizing Committee – Prizes, awards

Sunday 4 October 2015

09.00 - 14.00 Excursion to St Dionysios Monastery and Orpheus’ birthplace to Prionia at 1.200m on Mount-Olympus.