Research Projects and COST Actions

Research Projects funded by European and National Funding Agencies

Title Acronym Funding Agency Funding Programme Principal Investigator(s) and Coordinating Institution(s) Researchers at UNIC Medical School UNIC Participating Institution (UNIC/UNRF) Other Participating Institution(s) Total Budget Status Duration
Collaborative REsearch on ACute Traumatic brain Injury in intensiVe care medicine in Europe CreaCtive H2020 FP7-HEALTH Dr Guido Bertolini, Istituto Di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Italy Dr Theodoros Kyprianou UNIC Hungary (Semmelweis Egyetem)

Poland (Warszawski Uniwersytet Medyczny)

Slovenia (Splosna Bolnisnica Novo Mesto)

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Slovenia (Univerzitetni Klinicni Center Ljubljana)

Israel (Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev)

Greece (Panepistimiako Geniko Nosokomeio Irakleiou)

Italy (Orobix Srl)

€7,032,384 Completed 01/10/2013-30/03/2020
Human induced pluripotent stem cells as an in vitro model of podocyte development and Alport disease HUSMAD Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) DIDAKTOR Prof Christodoulos Xinaris, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Christodoulos Xinaris

Dr Ricardo Romero

Prof Adonis Ioannides

UNIC Cyprus (The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics – CING)

Italy (Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research – MNI)

€159,808 Completed 19/06/2019-20/12/2021
Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming HEAT-Shield H2020 SOCIETAL CHALLENGES – Health, demographic change and well-being Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark Dr George Samoutis UNIC Slovenia (Univerza V Ljubljani)

Greece (Panepistimio Thessalias)

United Kingdom (University of Wolverhampton)

Italy (Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze)

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Switzerland (Eidgenossische Materialprufungs- Und Forschungsanstalt)

Netherlands (Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno)

Sweden (Lunds Universitet)

Switzerland (Eidgenoessisches Departement Des Innern)

United Kingdom (Loughborough University)

Slovenia (Institut Jozef Stefan)

Italy (Azienda Unita’ Sanitaria Locale Toscana Centro)

Italy (Azienda Sanitaria Di Firenze)

United Kingdom (Help The Aged Lbg)

Portugal (Universidade Do Porto)

Netherlands (Veiligheids- En Gezondheidsregio Gelderland-Midden)

Slovenia (Odelo Slovenija, Podjetje Za Razvoj, Proizvodnjo In Trzenje Avtomobilskih Delov Doo)

Cyprus (Center For Technology Research Andinnovation (Cetri) Ltd)

Greece (Sdrakas Christos)

Spain (Acciona Construccion SA)

€6,830,936 Completed 01/01/2016-31/12/2021
Stay on Track: a web platform to help with adhering to prescribed medication SOCIALINO Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) Social Innovation University of Cyprus, Cyprus Prof Alexia Papageorgiou UNRF Cyprus (3AeHealth Ltd) €99,900 Completed 01/04/2019-31/12/2021
Clinically-validated INtegrated Support for Assistive Care and Lifestyle Improvement vINCI Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) The AAL (Active Assisted Living) Programme Professor Ciprian Dopre, National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics, Romania Dr Costas Constantinou UNRF Italy (Marche Polytechnic University)

Poland (National Institute of Telecommunications)

Romania (Connected Medical Devices)

Italy (Automa Srl)

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Italy (Salvatelli Sr)

Romania (National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics “Ana Aslan”)

Poland (Orange Polska S.A.) Slovenia (Comtrade Digital Services)

€1,267,189 Completed 01/06/2017-31/12/2021
The effect of pharmacology teaching on diverse learners in a problem-based learning medical curriculum PharmPBL Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) Excellence Hubs Dr Persoulla Nicolaou, UNRF, Cyprus Dr Persoulla Nicolaou (Principle Investigator)

Prof Alexia Papageorgiou

Prof Peter McCrorie

UNRF UK (St George’s, University of London) €146,066 Completed 02/10/2019-31/01/2022
IoT based Continuous Environmental Monitoring for Health Analytics SNOWIoT Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) RESEARCH IN ENTERPRISES Dr Andreas Papadopoulos, CyRIC – Cyprus Research & Innovation Center Ltd, Cyprus Prof Andreas Charalambous

Prof Photos Hajigeorgiou

Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Dr Chloe Antoniou

Dr Elena Critselis

UNRF Cyprus (CyRIC – Cyprus Research & Innovation Center Ltd)

Cyprus (Ygia Polyclinic Private Hospital)

€268,227 Completed 01/06/2019-28/02/2022
Curriculum Development using VR technology to enhance empathetic communication skills in future health care professionals EmpathyInHealth Erasmus+ KA2: Strategic Partnerships MMC Management Center, Cyprus Prof Alexia Papageorgiou

Dr Constantina Constantinou

UNIC Cyprus (Cyprus Certification Company)

Belgium (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Germany (Evangelische Hochschule Berlin)

Greece (University of Thessaly)

Greece (OmegaTech)

€338,318 Completed 01/09/2019-31/08/2022
Platform for Biosciences and Human Health in Cyprus: MicroCT Enabled and Synchrotron Radiation Enabled Analyses BIOMERA Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) New Strategic Infrastructure Units – Young Scientists Dr Kirsi Lorentz, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus Dr Dimitrios Kanakis UNRF Cyprus (The University of Cyprus)

Cyprus (University of Nicosia Research Foundation)

Cyprus (Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre)

Cyprus (European University Cyprus)

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Cyprus (Medochemie Ltd)

Cyprus (Cyprus Geological Survey Department/ Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment)

Cyprus (Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics)

Italy (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA)

Middle East (SESAME Synchrotron)

France (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility)

France (SOLEIL Synchrotron)

UK (Durham University)

UK (University of Bradford)

€999,964 Ongoing 03/06/2019-01/06/2023
Smart and Healthy Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive System SHAPES Η2020 Active ageing, independent and assisted living National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland Dr Costas Constantinou UNRF List of Participating Institutions and Partners €18,732,468 Ongoing 01/11/2019-31/10/2023
Multimodal control of chronic pain and comorbidities with atypical analgesics – two birds with one stone Fight_PainAndComorb Science Fund of the Republic of Serbia IDEAS Prof Radica Stepanovic-Petrovic, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Serbia Prof Aleksandar Jovanovic (co-prinicple Investigator) UNIC €165,507 Ongoing 01/05/2022-01/05/2025
Effect of probiotics on cognitive functioning of patients with early Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant New to the Field (AARG-NTF) Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou, UNRF, Cyprus Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou (Principle Investigator)

Prof Aleksandar Jovanovic (co-Investigator)

Dr Stelios Georgiades

UNIC Cyprus (The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING)) $120,000 Ongoing 01/07/2022-31/05/2024

Research Projects Funded by the University of Nicosia Medical School Research Seed Fund

Title Acronym Funding Programme Principal Investigator(s) and Coordinating Institution(s) Researchers at UNIC Medical School Other Participating Institution(s) Status Duration
Concept maps as a novel assessment tool in medical education CANVAS 2019UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Stella Loizou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Stella Loizou

Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Prof Peter McCrorie

Prof Alexia Papageorgiou

Completed 01/11/2019-31/10/2021
EARLY START- a randomised control trial to investigate the effect of a psychoeducational intervention on nutrition in pregnancy and infancy EARLY START 2019 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Ourania Kolokotroni, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Maria Cecilia Mosquera

Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Dr Mary Economou

Ongoing 01/11/2019-30/06/2022
Prognostic significance of estrogen receptor B as a novel biomarker responsible for tamoxifen resistance in cypriot breast cancer patients TAMRES 2019 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Christiana Charalambous, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Christiana Charalambous

Dr Dimitrios Kanakis

Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Constantina Constantinou

Cyprus (Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center)

Cyprus (Lyssiotis and Antoniades Histopathology and Cytology Medical and Diagnostic Centers (SMEs/External services))

Ongoing 01/09/2021-30/09/2022
Real time music modification based on biosignals RUMBA 2019 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou Cyprus (IreRobot LTD)

UK (University of Reading)

UK (Imperial College London / Chelsea & Westminster Hospital)

Completed 01/11/2019-30/10/2020
Engineering a glomerulus-on-a-chip for modeling kidney diseases GlomOnChip 2021 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Prof Christodoulos Xinaris, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Prof Adonis Ioannides

Dr Ricardo Romero Guevara

Ongoing 20/10/2021-20/10/2023
Healthy lifestyle practices of Breast Cancer Survivors in Cyprus HEROES 2021 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Constantina Constantinou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Maria Cecilia Mosquera

Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Dr Elena Critselis

Cyprus (Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre) Ongoing 01/11/2021-31/10/2023
Simulation in medical education: development of a stethoscope for realistic auscultation during clinical competence examinations SimuSCOPE 2021 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Dr Panayiota Demosthenous (Research Assistant)

Ongoing 01/10/2021-30/09/2022
Leadership and management in the undergraduate medical curriculum LEADER 2021 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Prof Alexia Papageorgiou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Prof Alexia Papageorgiou

Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Dr Soulla Nicolaou

Dr Paola Nicolaides

Ms Cornelia Nicolaou (Research Assistant)

Ongoing 01/11/2021-31/01/2023
Electrophysiological quantification of spinal cord glial deficits in the 5XFAD model of Alzheimer’s disease SCALD 2022 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Prof Avgis Hadjipapas, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Nikolas Perentos

Dr Savvas Papakostas

Cyprus (Center for Neuroscience and Integrated Brain Research (CENIBRE))

Cyprus (Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics)

Ongoing 01/09/2022-01/10/2024
The effect of ‘Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ teaching on diverse learners in a problem-based learning medical curriculum. ClinPharmPBL 2022 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Dr Persoulla Nicolaou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Prof Peter McCrorie

Prof Alexia Papageorgiou

Dr Stella Nicolaou

pending Ongoing 01/10/2022-30/09/2024
The Effects of Electrical Power Stations on Air Quality, the Marine Environment, and Human Health in Cyprus AETHER 2022 UNIC Medical School Research Seed Fund Prof Photos Hajigeorgiou (Co-Principal Investigator), UNIC Medical School, Cyprus

Dr Elena Critselis (Co-Principal Investigator), UNIC Medical School, Cyprus

Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Dr Chloe Antoniou

Cyprus (UNIC Environmental Health Research Centre)

Cyprus (Cyprus Research & Innovation Centre )

Cyprus (Panchris Group Analytical Laboratory)

Ongoing 17/10/2022-17/10/2023

Additional Research Projects at The University of Nicosia Medical School

Title Acronym Principal Investigator(s) and Coordinating Institution(s) Researchers at UNIC Medical School Other Participating Institution(s) Status Duration
Medical students’ expectations of the future: a multi-site longitudinal study EXPECT Prof Dr. Marjo Wijnen-Meijer, Technical University of Munich Medical School, Germany Dr Constantina Constantinou (Principal Investigator in Cyprus)

Prof Alexia Papageorgiou

Dr Costas Constantinou

Prof Adonis Ioannides

Ms Sue Chrysostomou

UK (The University of Leeds)

Netherlands (Utrecht University)

Canada (McGill University Montreal)

Canada (Dalhousie University Halifax)

Sweden (Karolinska Institutet Stockholm)

Ongoing 01/01/2018-TBD
An evaluation of an online patient simulation training tool (e-CREST) to improve the clinical decision-making skills of medical students e-CREST Dr Angelos Kassianos (Co-Principal Investigator in the UK), Department of Applied Health Research, University College London, UK Dr Jessica Sheringham (Co – Principal Investigator in the UK), Department of Applied Health Research, University College London, UK Prof Alexia Papageorgiou (Local Coordinator)

Dr Constantina Constantinou

Dr Soulla Nicolaou
Prof Adonis Ioannides

UK (Barts School of Medicine) (2017-2018)

UK (Queen Mary University) (2017-2018)

UK (University of East Anglia Medical School) (2017-2018)

Turkey (Koc University School of Medicine) (2016-2018)

Ongoing 01/09/2020-TBD
Stage at diagnosis and cancer survival in Cyprus: A population-based study of patients diagnosed between 2004 and 2017 STADICAN Dr Christiana Demetriou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Dr Constantina Constantinou

Cyprus (The Cyprus Cancer Registry) Ongoing 01/01/2020-31/12/2024
Socioeconomic determinants of health behaviours and obesity in the adult Cypriot population Prof Andreas Charalambous, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Prof Andreas Charalambous

Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Maria Cecilia Mosquera

Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Cyprus (Ministry of Health) Completed 01/01/2020-01/12/2020
USMLE Step 1 Study 2020 US1 Prof Photos Hajigeorgiou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Prof Photos Hajigeorgiou

Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Panayiota Andreou

Ongoing 01/02/2020-31/12/2022
COVID-19 INTERACT: How much do you know about COVID-19? COVID-19 INTERACT Dr Nikolas Dietis, University of Cyprus Dr Ourania Kolokotroni Cyprus (University of Cyprus)

Cyprus (Cyprus University of Technology)

Cyprus (European University Cyprus)

Cyprus (Frederick University)

Completed 01/03/2020-01/06/2021
Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Cyprus: a descriptive and comparative study Dr Christiana Demetriou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Dr Ourania Kolokotroni

Dr Joseph Joseph

Dr Constantina Constantinou

Prof Peter Karayiannis

Prof Andreas Charalambous

Cyprus (Famagusta General Hospital: Dr George Siakallis)

Cyprus (Famagusta General Hospital)

Dr Gadi Segal
Israel (Sheba Medical Centre)

Completes 01/04/2020-01/12/2020
The effects of home quarantine on lifestyle habits of adults during the COVID19 pandemic in Cyprus Dr Elena Philippou, Department of Life and Health Sciences, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Maria Cecilia Mosquera

Ms Aline Derlagen (MD student)

Mr Nathan Ushmantha Pinnawala (MBBS student)

Ongoing 01/04/2020-TBD
International comparative study on the direct and indirect mortality burden of COVID-19 since the start of the epidemic C-MOR Dr Christiana Demetriou, UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Christiana Demetriou

Dr Souzana Achilleos

Dr Annalisa Quattrocchi

Dr Maria Cecilia Mosquera

Dr Constantina Constantinou

Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Prof Andreas Charalambous

List of Participating Institutions and Partners Ongoing 01/07/2020-TBD
Shriners Hospitals for Children Genomics and Precision Medicine Project SHC Gemomics and Precision Medicine Project Dr Kamran Shazand (Principal Investigator), Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA Dr Marc Lalande (Sub-Investigator), Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA Dr Constantina Constantinou

Prof Peter Karayiannnis

Dr Christiana Charalambous

Due to Start TBD
Impact of Flipped Classroom as a Learning Methodology in Medical Pharmacology in Pre-Clinical Years Dr Soulla Nicolaou (Coordinator), UNIC Medical School, Cyprus Dr Soulla Nicolaou

Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou

Dr Costas Constantinou

Ongoing 01/04/2021-31/10/2022
Name Code and Title Acronym Duration
Dr Costas Constantinou CA 15122 – Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy ROSEnet 5/4/2016- 4/4/2020
Dr Panayiota Andreou CA15208 – Rationing – Missed Nursing care: An international and multidimensional problem RANCARE 20/09/2016- 19/09/2020
Dr Dimitrios Kanakis CA16118 – European Network on Brain Malformations Neuro-MIG 30/3/2017 – 29/3/2021
Dr Nicoletta Nicolaou CA18106 – The neural architecture of consciousness NeuralArchCon 5/4/2019 – 4/4/2023
Dr Christiana Demetriou CA 18208 – Novel tools for test evaluation and disease prevalence estimation HARMONY 4/6/2019- 3/6/2023