Students and Research

The University of Nicosia Medical School has developed the ‘Students in Research Programme’, a framework which aims to provide students of the MBBS and MD programmes with opportunities to participate in Research Projects offered by the faculty of the Medical School. Participation in the programme is voluntary. Currently students in Years 4-6 of the MD programme and in all years of the MBBS students are eligible to participate in the Programme.

Research Projects under SIRP are usually offered twice every academic year: The Summer SIRP Programme takes place during the period of July to December and the Winter SIRP Programme takes place during the period of January to June.

Students eligible to participate in the SIRP Programme receive an email invitation including a list of available Research Projects and instructions on how to submit an application. The relevant Research Project Supervisors select the student(s) based on their academic judgement.

Information regarding the upcoming calls under SIRP, relevant deadlines and the application form can be found on Moodle under the Students in Research Programme (SIRP) Page https://courses.unic.ac.cy/course/view.php?id=19007 .

Selected Articles in Collaboration with Medical Faculty

  • Zervides C, Sassis L, Kefala-Karli P, Christou V, Derlagen A, Papapetrou P, Heraclides A. (2020). Assessing radiation protection knowledge in diagnostic radiography in the Republic of Cyprus. A questionnaire survey. Radiography (Lond). 26(2):88-93.

  • Zervides C., Kefala-Karli P. & Sassis L. (2020). Importance of Ultrasound Education in Undergraduate Medical Curriculum: A Survey Study Based on First-Year Medical Students’ Perception of the 6-Year Doctor of Medicine Program of the University of Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus. Ultrasound Quarterly, 36(4): 328–332

  • Toumazi D. & Constantinou C. (2020) A Fragile Balance: the important role of Intestinal Microbiota in the Prevention and Management of Colorectal Cancer. Oncology. 98: 593-602.

  • Raptopoulos Z. & Constantinou C. (2020) The Effect of Exercise on the Alleviation of Side Effects Induced by Aromatase Inhibitors in Postmenopausal Breast Cancer patients. Current Oncology Reports. 22: Art. Num. 110.

  • Michaelides A. & Constantinou C. (2020). Integration of Psychoeducation Programmes in the Survivorship Care of Breast Cancer Patients. Journal of Cancer Policy. 23: Art.Num. 100214.

  • Tanos V., Lingwood L. & Balami S. (2020) The importance of the junctional zone of the endometrium in human reproduction. Human Fertility (Article in Press)

  • Tanos V., Lingwood L. & Balami S. (2020) Junctional Zone Endometrium Morphological Characteristics and Functionality: Review of the Literature. Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation, 85(2): 107-117

  • Nicolaou, P.A. & El Saifi, M. (2020). The impact of using virtual patients in preclinical pharmacology teaching. Advances in physiology education, 44(3):363-369

  • Mascara M., & Constantinou C. (2021) Global perceptions of women on breast cancer and barriers to screening. Current Oncology Reports, 23(7): Art. Num. 74 doi: 10.1007/s11912-021-01069-z.

  • Toumazi D., El Dacacche S., & Constantinou C. (2021). An Unexpected Link: the Role of Mammary and Gut Microbiota on Breast Cancer Development and Management. Accepted by Oncology Reports, 45(5): Art. Num. 80 DOI: 10.3892/or.2021.8031

  • Zervides C., Mahdi H., Staub R.A. & Jouni H. (Apr 2021). Prosthetic venous valves: Short history and advancements from 2012 to 2020. Phlebology, 36(3): 174 – 183

  • Constantinou C.S., Ng A.T., Becker C.B., Zadeh P.E. & Papageorgiou, A. (2021) The use of interpreters in medical education: A narrative literature review. Societies, 11(3): Art. Num. 70

  • Pinnawala N.U., Thrastardottir T.O. & Constantinou C. (2021). Keeping a balance during the pandemic: the important role of micronutrients in preventing infection and reducing the complications of COVID-19. Current Nutrition Reports, 10(3): 200 – 210

  • Kossenas K. & Constantinou C. (2021) Epidemiology, Molecular Mechanisms, and Clinical Trials: an Update on Research on the Association Between Red Meat Consumption and Colorectal Cancer. Current Nutrition Reports.

  • Sudhir R., Jaafar N., Du Q., […], Kreouzi M. & Jovanović A. (2021).Increase in cardioprotective SUR2A does not alter heart rate and heart rate regulation by physical activity and diurnal rhythm. Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology.

  • Kefala-Karli P., Sassis L., Sassi M., Zervides C. (2021). Introduction of ultrasound-based living anatomy into the medical curriculum: a survey on medical students’ perceptions. Ultrasound Journal, 13(1): Art. Num. 47

  • Tanos V., Neofytou M., Soliman A.S.A., Tanos P., Pattichis C.S. (2021). Is computer-assisted tissue image analysis the future in minimally invasive surgery? A review on the current status of its applications. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10(24): Art. Num. 5770

  • Zervides C., Sassi M., Kefala-Karli P. & Sassis L. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on radiographers in the Republic of Cyprus. A questionnaire survey. Radiography, 27(2): 419–424

  • Zervides C., Nohra O., Hunduma G., Thomas N.W. & Samia R. (Dec 2021). 2006 to 2019 Story; percutaneously implantable aortic valve prototypes. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 16(1): Art. Num. 223

  • Zervides C., Verran S., Yoganantharajah P. & Sifeldeen K.K. (Aug 2021). Don’t go breaking my heart valve: Historical review of mitral valve replacement. Future Cardiology, 17(5): 899–915

  • Thrastardottir T.O., Copeland V.J. & Constantinou C. (2022). The Association Between the Gut Microbiome, Nutritional Habits, Antibiotics, and Gastric Cancer: a Scoping Revie. Current Nutrition Reports, 11(1): 19-38

  • Bogdanova A., Andrawos C. & Constantinou C. (Apr 2022). Cervical cancer, geographical inequalities, prevention and barriers in resource depleted countries (Review). Oncology Letters, 23(4): Art. Num. 113.

  • Mahdi H. & Jovanović A. (2022). SUR2A as a base for cardioprotective therapeutic strategies. Molecular Biology Reports, 49 (7): 6717 – 6723

  • Ionescu C. & Jovanovic A. (2021). Rates, variability and associated factors in polypharmacy in nursing homes in Cyprus. Aging Medicine and Healthcare, 12(4): 125-130

  • Hoque S., Mavrides D.E., Pinto P., […] Malas S., Gentekaki E. & Tsaousis A.D. (2022). High Occurrence of Zoonotic Subtypes of Cryptosporidium parvum in Cypriot Dairy Farms. Microorganisms, 10(3): Art. Num. 531

  • Schou C., Hasapis K. & Karanis P. (2022). Molecular identification of Cryptosporidium species from domestic ruminants and wild reptiles in Cyprus. Parasitology Research, 121(7): 2193–2198

  • Moyoh W., Gondwe K.W., Andreou P., Philippou E. & Papageorgiou A. (2022). Allied health workers’ role in patient education in the United States: a narrative review. Journal of Health Sciences, 12(1): 1–9

Selected Articles by Medical Students

  • Michaelides A., Hadden R.D.M., Sarrigiannis P.G., Hadjivassiliou M., Zis P. (2019). Pain in Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pain and Therapy, 8(2): 177-185

  • Pydisetty G., Ghani M., Michaelides A. (2020) Optimizing the time of a general practitioner by investigating the daily tasks of the on-call doctor. British Journal of Medical Practitioners, 13(2): Art. Num. a010

  • Aborode A.T., Ogunsola S.O. & Adeyemo A.O. (2021) Perspective piece: A crisis within a crisis: Covid-19 and hunger in African children. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 104(1): 30 – 31

  • Hashemi H., Rezvan F., Pakzad R., Ansaripour A. […], Pakbin M., Khabazkhoob M. (2021) Global and Regional Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy; A. Comprehensive Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Seminars in Ophthalmology (Article in Press)

  • Massarvva T. (2021). Clinical outcomes of COVID-19 amongst HIV patients: a systematic literature review. Epidemiology and health, 43: Art. Num. e2021036

  • Daykan Y., Battino S., Arbib N., Tamir Yaniv R., Schonman R., Klein Z., Pomeranz J., Pomeranz M. (2021). Verbal analgesia is as good as oral tramadol prior to intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, among nulliparous women: A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 258: 443-446

  • Khauli M., Heidar N., Degheili J., Hakam N., Al-Moussawy M., Shahait M., El-Asmar J., Bustros G., Merhe A., Nasr R., Bulbul M., Wazzan W., El-Hajj A., Shamseddine A., Kfoury H., Mukherji D., Khauli R. (2021). Comparative analysis of histopathological subtypes of renal cell carcinoma in the Middle East compared to other world regions. Urology Annals, 13(2): 130-133

  • Kosmas C.E., Estrella A.M., Sourlas A. & Pantou D. (2021) Inclisiran in dyslipidemia. Drugs of Today, 57(5): 311 – 319

  • Andreou A.Y., Christou T.& Koskina L.E. (2021) Electrocardiographic presentation of acute left main coronary artery occlusion misinterpreted as ventricular tachycardia. Journal of Electrocardiology, 68: 7-10

  • Alam S., Claxton J.S., Mortillo M., Sassis L., Kefala-Karli P., Siberbach M., Kochilas L. & Wechsler S.B. (2021) Thirty-Year Survival after Cardiac Surgery for Patients with Turner Syndrome. Journal of Pediatrics.

  • Bergwerk M., Gonen T., Lustig Y., Amit S., Lipsitch M., Cohen C., Mandelboim M., Levin E.G., Rubin C., Indenbaum V., Tal I., Zavitan M., Zuckerman N., Bar-Chaim A., Kreiss Y., Regev-Yochay G. (2021). COVID-19 breakthrough infections in vaccinated health care workers. New England Journal of Medicine, 385(16): 1474-1484

  • Aristodimou A., Rubinsohn C., Kizi A., Chimonidou V., Grigoriou A. (2021). Ankylosing spondylitis manifested as unexplained leukocytosis. Archives of Hellenic Medicine, 38(5): 664-666

  • Becker J., Becker C., Oprescu F., […] Shimwela M. & Gray M. (2022). Silent voices of the midwives: factors that influence midwives’ achievement of successful neonatal resuscitation in sub-Saharan Africa: a narrative inquiry. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 22(1): Art. Num. 39

  • Li Z., Chen X., Tao J., Shi Ao., Zhang J., Yu P. (2022). Exosomes Regulate NLRP3 Inflammasome in Diseases. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 9: Art. Num. 802509

  • Matar R.H., Than C.A., Nakanishi H., […] Beran A. & Danoun O.A. (2022). Outcomes of patients with thromboembolic events following coronavirus disease 2019 AstraZeneca vaccination: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis : an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis, 33(2): 90-112

  • Borgstein A., Zhang B., Lam C., […] Taylor T. & Seydel K. (Dec 2022). Delayed presentation to hospital care is associated with sequelae but not mortality in children with cerebral malaria in Malawi. Malaria journal, 21(1): Art. Num. 60

  • Nakanishi H., Miangul S., Oluwaremi T.T., […], Hong S.S. & Than C.A. (2022). Open versus laparoscopic surgery in the management of patients with gallbladder cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis.American Journal of Surgery.

  • Hasan M.K., Moriom M., Shuprio S.I.M., Younos T.B. & Chowdhury M.A. (2022). Exploring disaster preparedness of students at university in Bangladesh. Natural Hazards, 111(1): 817-849