Violetta Anastasiadou

Emeritus Assistant Professor

Current Position

Clinical Genetics Department, Archbishop Makarios III Hospital

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Genetics 
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece 
  • Medical Degree 
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece 

Research Interests

  • ORPHANET (European Collaboration for Rare Diseases), Role: PI from Cyprus
  • Functional significance and cancer risk assessment of BRCA1 and BRCA2 uncharacterized/unclassified variants (UVs) in Cypriot families, Role: Investigator
  • Funder: EUROPE AID – EU-Cyprus Civil Society, Title: Epidemiology of cancer in Cyprus Role: Investigator
  • Improving Health Care and Social Support for Patients and Family affected by Severe Genodermatoses – Together Against Genodermatoses (TAG) Role: Co-PI
  • High Resolution Genetics Investigation of Autism in Cyprus, Role:Investigator
  • Improving Diagnosis of Mental Retardation in Children in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia through Genetic Characterisation and Bioinformatics / Statistics, Role: Investigator
  • Epidemiology of Cancer in Cyprus, Role: Investigator
  • Genetics website and information to patients and clinicians, Role:PI
  • Genetic Investigation of syndromes with X Chromosomal anomalies, Role: Investigator
  • Development of a novel method to detect large rearrangements in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in patients from Cyprus and Slovenia (Bilateral program Cyprus-Slovenia) Role: Investigator
  • Cloning and expression of BRCA mutations in in-vitro systems, Role: Investigator 
  • Bicommunal campaign for genetic disorders, Role: PI
  • ORPHANET (European Collaboration for Rare Diseases), Role: PI from Cyprus
  • Challenges of Biomedicine-Socio culture contexts, European Governance and Bioethics Role: PI from Cyprus
  • Genetic and linguistic factors in the growth of speech Role: Investigator

Biography

Selected Publications
Peer-reviewed publications in international journals
Citation Index (until July 2013)
Without self-citations: 207
h-index: 7
 
1. Tanteles GA, Christophidou-Anastasiadou V. Ocular phenotype of Mowat-Wilson syndrome in the first reported Cypriot patients: An under-recognised association. Clin Dysmorphol. Submitted
2. Kousoulidou L, Moutafi M, Nicolaides P, Hadjiloizou S, Christophi C, Paradesiotou A, Anastasiadou V, Sismani C, Patsalis PC. Screening of 50 Cypriot patients with autism spectrum disorders or autistic features using 400K custom array-CGH. Eur J Hum Genet. BioMed Research International. 2013; Article ID 843027, 5 pages. 
3. Georgiou T, Christopoulos G, Anastasiadou V, Hadjiloizou S, Cregeen D, Jackson M, Mavrikiou G, Kleanthous M, Drousiotou A. The first family with Tay-Sachs disease in Cyprus: Genetic analysis reveals a nonsense (c.78G>A) and a silent (c.1305C>T) mutation and allows preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Submitted 
4. Toumba M, Neocleous V, Shammas C, Anastasiadou V, Allgrove J, Phylactou LA, Skordis N. A family with Camurati-Engelman disease. The role of the missense p.R218C mutation in TGFB1 in bones and endocrine glands. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2013; 17:1-7.
5. Kousoulidou L, Tanteles G, Moutafi M, Sismani C, Patsalis PC, Anastasiadou V. 263.4 kb deletion within the TCF4 gene consistent with Pitt-Hopkins syndrome, inherited from a mosaic parent with normal phenotype. Eur J Med Genet. 2013; 56(6):314-8.
6. Dixit A, McKee S, Mansour S, Mehta S, Tanteles G, Anastasiadou V, Patsalis P, Martin K, McCullough S, Suri M, Sarkar A. 7q11.23 Microduplication: a recognizable phenotype. Clin Genet. 2013; 83(2):155-61.
7. Amelang K, Anastasiadou-Christophidou V, Beck S, Constantinou C, Johansson A, Lundin S. Learning to eat strawberries in a disciplined way. Normalization practices following organ transplantation. Ethnologia Europaea 2011; 41:2 
8. Sismani C, Anastasiadou V, Kousoulidou L, Parkel S, Koumbaris G, Zilina O, Bashiardes S, Spanou E, Kurg A, Patsalis PC. 9 Mb familial duplication in chromosome band Xp22.2-22.13 associated with mental retardation, hypotonia and developmental delay, scoliosis, cardiovascular problems and mild dysmorphic facial features. Eur J Med Genet. 2011; 54(5):e510-5. 
9. Neocleous V, Skordis N, Portides G, Efstathiou E, Costi C, Ioannou N, Pantzaris M, Anastasiadou V, Deltas C, Phylactou LA. RET proto-oncogene mutations are restricted to codon 618 in Cypriot families with multiple endocrine neoplasia 2. J Endocrinol Invest. 2011; 34(10):764-9.
10. Sismani C, Kitsiou-Tzeli S, Ioannides M, Christodoulou C, Anastasiadou V, Stylianidou G, Papadopoulou E, Kanavakis E, Kosmaidou-Aravidou Z, Patsalis PC. Cryptic genomic imbalances in patients with de novo or familial apparently balanced translocations and abnormal phenotype. Mol Cytogenet. 2008; 1:15.
11. Soini S, Aymé S, Matthijs G; Public and Professional Policy Committee and Patenting and Licensing Committee. Patenting and licensing in genetic testing: ethical, legal, and social issues. Eur J Hum Genet. 2008; 16 Suppl 1:S10-50. 
12. Aymé S, Matthijs G, Soini S; ESHG Working Party on Patenting and Licensing. Patenting and licensing in genetic testing: recommendations of the European Society of Human Genetics. Eur J Hum Genet. 2008; 16 Suppl 1:S10-9.
13. ESHG Working Party on Patenting and Licensing. Patenting and licensing in genetic testing. Eur J Hum Genet. 2008; 16(4):405-11. 
14. Neocleous V, Aspris A, Shahpenterian V, Nicolaou V, Panagi C, Ioannou I, Kyamides Y, Anastasiadou V, Phylactou LA. High frequency of 35delG GJB2 mutation and absence of del (GJB6-D13S1830) in Greek Cypriot patients with nonsyndromic hearing loss. Genet Test. 2006; 10(4):285-9.
15. Loizidou M, Marcou Y, Anastasiadou V, Newbold R, Hadjisavvas A, Kyriacou K. Contribution of BRCA1 and BRCA2 germline mutations to the incidence of early-onset breast cancer in Cyprus. Clin Genet. 2007; 71(2):165-70.
16. Neocleous V, Portides G, Anastasiadou V, Phylactou LA. Determination of the carrier frequency of the common GJB2 (connexin-26) 35delG mutation in the Greek Cypriot population. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006; 70(8):1473-7. 
17. Hadjisavvas A, Papasavva T, Loizidou M, Malas S, Potamitis G, Christodoulou C, Pavlides G, Papamichael D, Klonis C, Nasioulas G, Anastasiadou V, Kyriacou K. Novel germline mutations in the APC gene of Cypriot patients with familial and sporadic adenomatous polyposis. Clin Genet. 2006; 69(5):404-9.
18. Soini S, Ibarreta D, Anastasiadou V, Aymé S, Braga S, Cornel M, Coviello DA, Evers-Kiebooms G, Geraedts J, Gianaroli L, Harper J, Kosztolanyi G, Lundin K, Rodrigues-Cerezo E, Sermon K, Sequeiros J, Tranebjaerg L, Kääriäinen H; ESHG; ESHRE. The interface between assisted reproductive technologies and genetics: technical, social, ethical and legal issues. Eur J Hum Genet. 2006; 14(5):588-645.
19. Georgiou T, Stylianidou G, Anastasiadou V, Caciotti A, Campos Y, Zammarchi E, Morrone A, D'azzo A, Drousiotou A. The Arg482His mutation in the beta-galactosidase gene is responsible for a high frequency of GM1 gangliosidosis carriers in a Cypriot village. Genet Test. 2005; 9(2):126-32.
20. Drousiotou A, Stylianidou G, Anastasiadou V, Christopoulos G, Mavrikiou E, Georgiou T, Kalakoutis G, Oladimeji A, Hara Y, Suzuki K, Furihata K, Ueno I, Ioannou PA, Fensom AH. Sandhoff disease in Cyprus: population screening by biochemical and DNA analysis indicates a high frequency of carriers in the Maronite community. Hum Genet. 2000; 107(1):12-7.
21. Xenophontos SL, Pierides A, Demetriou K, Avraamides P, Manoli P, Ayrton N, Skordis N, Anastasiadou V, Miltiadous G, Cariolou MA. Geographical clustering of low density lipoprotein receptor gene mutations (C292X; Q363X; D365E & C660X) in Cyprus. Hum Mutat. 2000; 15(4):380.
22. Patsalis PC, Sismani C, Hettinger JA, Boumba I, Georgiou I, Stylianidou G, Anastasiadou V, Koukoulli R, Pagoulatos G, Syrrou M. Molecular screening of fragile X (FRAXA) and FRAXE mental retardation syndromes in the Hellenic population of Greece and Cyprus: incidence, genetic variation, and stability. Am J Med Genet. 1999; 84(3):184-90.
23. Furihata K, Drousiotou A, Hara Y, Christopoulos G, Stylianidou G, Anastasiadou V, Ueno I, Ioannou P. Novel splice site mutation at IVS8 nt 5 of HEXB responsible for a Greek-Cypriot case of Sandhoff disease. Hum Mutat. 1999; 13(1):38-43.
24. Patsalis PC, Sismani C, Hadjimarcou MI, Rose N, Stylianidou G, Koukoulli R, Anastasiadou V, Deltas CC, Middleton L. Cytogenetic and fragile X molecular testing of individuals with mental retardation of unknown etiology. Genet Couns. 1997; 8(1):1-6.
25. Hara Y, Ioannou P, Drousiotou A, Stylianidou G, Anastasiadou V, Suzuki K. Mutation analysis of a Sandhoff disease patient in the Maronite community in Cyprus. Hum Genet. 1994; 94(2):136-40.
26. Karayanni C, Anastasiadou V, Spyropoulou M, Delis D, Khalil I, Lepage V, Papanicolaoy M, Varla M, Stavropoulou A, Bartsocas CS. Genetic predisposition and IDDM in Greece. Genet Couns. 1993; 4(3):181-6.
27. Michelakakis H, Delis D, Anastasiadou V, Bartsocas C. Ineffectiveness of captopril in reducing cystine excretion in cystinuric children. J Inherit Metab Dis. 1993; 16(6):1042-3.
28. Middleton LT, Anastasiades V, Panayidou K, Georghiou D, Kalli E, Gabriel G, Myrianthopoulos NC. New hereditary malformation syndrome of unusual facial appearance, skeletal deformities, and musculoskeletal and sensory defects. Am J Med Genet. 1992 Dec 1; 44(6):757-61.
29. Bartsocas CS, Karayanni C, Anastasiadou V, et al. Increased HLA DR2 incidence in Greek patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus reflects no protective effect. Am J Hum Genet 1990; 48 (Suppl): A207.
 
 
B. Book Contributions
 
  1. Patsalis PC, Sismani C, Hadjimarcou M, Stylianidou G, Koukouli R, Anastasiadou V. (1998). Molecular Diagnosis and Frequency of the Fragile X Syndrome in the Cypriot Population. In Bartsokas SC and Beighton P (Eds.), Genetic Counseling in the Dawn of the 21st Century, Zeta Medical Publications ISBN: 960-7144-45-7
  2. Christophidou Anastasiadou V (1998). Applications of Cloning in Medicine. In Kalokairinou E, Kleanthous M (Eds.), “Η κλωνοποίηση και ο σύγχρονος άνθρωπος”, University of Cyprus Press  (pp 29-41).
 
 
C. Abstracts in peer-reviewed conferences / meetings 
 
I have (co)authored several hundreds of abstracts included in proceedings of national and international meetings. Detailed records are kept since 2006.
 
  1. T. Delikurt, E. Spanou, A. Kotti, G.A. Tanteles, V. Anastasiadou, “When a patient sends you a ‘friend request’: Social networking in the context of Genetic Counselling”, European Human Genetics Conference 2013, Paris, France, 8-11 June 2013
  2. V. Anastasiadou, G. Tanteles, C. Costi, C. Shammas, E. Spanou, V. Neocleous, L.A. Phylactou, “Genetic aetiology of hearing loss in Cyprus”, European Human Genetics Conference 2013, Paris, France, 8-11 June 2013
  3. P.C. Evangelidou, N. Salameh, C. Ioannidou, E. Panayiotou, E. Constantinou, A. Alexandrou, M. Moutafi, G. Tanteles, V. Anastasiadou, P.C. Patsalis, C. Sismani,  “Cryptic familial submicroscopic translocation t(9;17)(q34.3;p13.3) associated with multiple malformation pregnancies and an affected child”, European Human Genetics Conference 2013, Paris, France, 8-11 June 2013
  4. A. Alexandrou, M. Moutafi, P. Antoniou, P. Evangelidou, V. Anastasiadou, C. Sismani, P. C. Patsalis, “Investigation of the interstitial microduplication of Xp22.31 with array-CGH”, European Human Genetics Conference 2013, Paris, France, 8-11 June 2013
  5. C. Costi, C. Shammas, V. Anastasiadou, G. Tanteles, E. Spanou, Y. Kyamides, V. Neocleous, LA Phylactou, “The genetic basis of non-syndromic hearing loss in Cyprus”, 3rd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16-18 November 2012
  6. R. Pentaliotis, M. Loizidou, C. Flouri,  I. Neophytou, Y. Marcou, E. Kakouri, E. Spanou, V. Anastasiadou, A. Hadjisavvas, K. Kyriacou, “The significance of CHEK2 gene in familial breast cancer in Cyprus”, 3rd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16-18 November 2012
  7. K. Christodoulou, C. Votsi, P. Nicolaou, A. Georgiou, M. Pantzaris, S. Papacostas, K. Kleopa, YP Christou, G. Tanteles, V. Anastasiadou, T. Kyriakides, E. Zamba-Papanicolaou, “Epidemiology of ataxias in the Cypriot population”, 3rd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16-18 November 2012
  8. CM Christou, A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Functional significance and cancer risk assessment of BRCA1 unclassified variants (UVs) identified in Cypriot families”, 3rd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16-18 November 2012
  9. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, C. Flouri, I. Neophytou, Y. Marcou, E. Kakouri, E. Spanou, T. Delikurt, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Hereditary breast cancer: genetics and pathology”, 3rd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 16-18 November 2012
  10. H. Katugampola, J. Say, M. Toumba, V. Neocleous, C. Shammas, E. Efstathiou, V. Anastasiadou, LA Phylactou, N. Skordis, J. Allgrove, “A case of Camurati Engelmann disease with endocrine complications due to a missense mutation of the TGFB1 gene”, British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Leeds, UK, 7 - 9 November 2012
  11. GA Tanteles, A. Hadjisavvas, K. Kleopa, M. Loizidou, K. Kyriacou, V. Anastasiadou, “First reported cases of oculo-dento-digital dysplasia (ODDD) in Cyprus, caused by a novel GJA1 mutation”, XII Neuromediterranée Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2-4 November 2012
  12. V. Anastasiadou, AM Kotti, E. Spanou-Aristidou, T. Delikurt, GA Tanteles, “An unusual cause of seizures and eye malformations. First report of two Cypriot patients with Mowat-Wilson syndrome”, XII Neuromediterranée Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2-4 November 2012
  13. V. Christophidou Anastasiadou, GA Tanteles, “The ocular phenotype of Mowat -Wilson syndrome. An under-recognised association”, Manchester Dysmorphology Conference, Manchester, UK, 22 – 25 October 201
  14. GA Tanteles, V. Christophidou Anastasiadou, M Suri, A Sarkar,“ Two patients with oculoauriculofrontonasal syndrome (OAFNS) and negative array-CGH analyses”, Manchester Dysmorphology Conference, Manchester, UK, 22 – 25 October 2012
  15. K. Christodoulou, C. Votsi, P. Nicolaou, A. Georghiou, M. Pantzaris, S. Papacostas, K. Kleopa, YP Christou, GA Tanteles, V. Anastasiadou, T. Kyriakides, E. Zamba-Papanicolaou, “Prevalence of adolescence and adult onset ataxias in the Cypriot population”, 16th Congress of the European-Federation-of-Neurological-Societies (EFNS), Stockholm, Sweden, 08-11 September 2012 
  16. VC Anastasiadou, T. Delikurt Tuncalp, E. Spanou Aristidou, A. Kotti, G. Tanteles, “The Home Coming of Genetic Counsellors: The Cyprus Experience”, European Human Genetics Conference 2012, Nuremberg, Germany, 23-26 June 201
  17. GA Tanteles, T. Delikurt, E. Spanou, AM Kotti, VC  Anastasiadou, “Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) in Cyprus: First case report and management issues”, European Human Genetics Conference 2012, Nuremberg, Germany, 23-26 June 2012
  18. L. Kousoulidou, M. Moutafi, P. Antoniou, P. Nicolaides, C. Christophi, A. Paradisiotou, V. Anastasiadou, PC Patsalis, “Screening of 50 Cypriot patients with autism using 400K custom array-CGH”, European Human Genetics Conference 2012, Nuremberg, Germany, 23-26 June 2012
  19. J. Hettinger, P. Evangelidou, C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, PC Patsalis, “Screening of a cohort of patients with intellectual disabilities from Cyprus using a high-resolution 400K microarray”, European Human Genetics Conference 2012, Nuremberg, Germany, 23-26 June 2012
  20. T. Delikurt, GR Williamson, V. Anastasiadou, H. Skirton, “Systematic review of research related to barriers to access to genetic services”, European Human Genetics Conference 2012, Nuremberg, Germany, 23-26 June 2012
  21. C. Costi, C. Shammas, V. Anastasiadou, G. Tanteles, E. Spanou, Y. Kyamides, V. Neocleous, LA Phylactou, “The genetic basis of non-syndromic hearing loss in Cyprus”, European Human Genetics Conference 2012, Nuremberg, Germany, 23-26 June 2012
  22. L. Kousoulidou, M. Moutafi, M. Ioannides, C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, P. Patsalis, “18q21.1 microdeletion in a patient with phenotype similar to Pitt‐Hopkins syndrome, inherited from mosaic patient”, 8th European Cytogenetics Conference, Porto, Portugal, 2-5 July 2011
  23. M. Moutafi , L. Kousoulidou , V. Anastasiadou, P. Patsalis, “11q25 duplication in two siblings with moderate to severe mental retardation, autism and dysmorphic features, detected using Agilent custom 400K array CGH”, 8th European Cytogenetics Conference, Porto, Portugal, 2-5 July 2011
  24. VC Anastasiadou, E.S. Aristidou, A.M. Kotti, A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, Y. Marcou, E. Kakouri, D. Papamichael, T. Delikurt, K. Kyriacou, “Cancer Genetic Counselling in Cyprus: Review of the first six years”, European Human Genetics Conference 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 28-31 May 2011
  25. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, Y. Marcou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Multiple metachronous malignancies affecting a single female patient with three primary malignancies: a case report”, 2011 Bi-annual Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society International Symposium, Limassol, Cyprus, 11-13 March 2011
  26. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, Y. Marcou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “The genetics of familial breast cancer genetics in Cyprus; identification of novel mutations in the Cypriot population”, 2011 Bi-annual Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society International Symposium, Limassol, Cyprus, 11-13 March 2011
  27. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, C. Flouri, Y. Marcou, E. Aristidou-Spanou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Multiple metachronous malignancies affecting a single female patient with three primary malignancies: a case report”, 2nd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26-27 November 2010
  28. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, C. Flouri, I. Neophytou, T. Delikurt, E. Aristidou-Spanou, M. Daniel, E. Kakouri, P. Papadopoulos, S. Malas, D. Papamichael, C. Klonis, G. Ioannidis, Y. Marcou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Cancer Genetics services in Cyprus over the last five years”, 2nd International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 26-27 November 2010
  29. V. Neocleous , G. Portides , V. Anastasiadou, N. Ioannou , M. Pantzaris, C. Deltas, N. Skordis, L. Phylactou, “RET proto‐oncogene mutations are restricted to codon 618 in Cypriot families with Familial Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma/Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 2A”, 49th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE), Prague, Czech Republic, 22‐25 September 2010
  30. S. Ourani, A. Drousiotou, G. Mavrikiou , T. Georgiou, I. Stylianou, S. Hadjiloizou, V. Christophidou‐Anastasiadou, “Juvenile Tay Sachs disease in a 5 year old Cypriot boy”, SSIEM Annual Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 31 August ‐ 3 September 2010
  31. V Christophidou Anastasiadou, ES Aristidou , A. Kotti, T. Delikurt, “Reporting on genetic disorders and syndromes in Cyprus”, European Human Genetics Conference 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-15 May 2010
  32. T. Delikurt, E. Aristidou‐Spanou, A. Kotti, V. Anastasiadou, “Access to Genetic Services in Cyprus”, European Human Genetics Conference 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-15 May 2010
  33. S. Ourani, A. Drousiotou, G. Mavrikiou , T. Georgiou, I. Stylianou, S. Hadjiloizou, V. Christophidou‐Anastasiadou, “Juvenile Tay Sachs Disease in a 5 year old Cypriot boy”, European Human Genetics Conference 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden, 12-15 May 2010
  34. C. Sismani, G. Koumbaris, V. Anastasiadou, S. Hadjiloizou, L. Kousoulidou, P. Evangelidou, P.C. Patsalis, “Investigation of cryptic imbalances in patients with mental retardation and/or multiple congenital abnormalities using array-cgh.” 6th International Meeting on Cryptic Chromosomal Rearrangements and Genes in Mental Retardation and Autism, Troina, Italy, 23-24 April 2010
  35. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, N. Vavlitou, T. Delikurt, E. Spanou, V. Anastasiadou, M. Daniel, E. Kakouri, P. Papadopoulos, S. Malas, D. Papamichael, C. Klonis, G. Ioannidis, Y. Marcou, K. Kyriacou, “Cancer Genetics Services in Cyprus”, 10th Marianna Lordos Symposium, Larnaca, Cyprus, 12 - 14 March 2010
  36. C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, P. Evangelidou, I. Ioannou, S. Hadjiloizou, P. Nicolaidou, S. Kitsiou-Tzeli, C. Christodoulou, M. Ioannides, P. Patsalis, “Investigation of cryptic imbalances in patients with mental retardation and/or multiple congenital abnormalities using array-CGH”, 7th  European Cytogenetics Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 4 -7 July 2009 
  37. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, T. Michael, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Cancer genetics; the experience in Cyprus”, 10th International Symposium on Mutations in the Genome, Mutation Detection MMIX, Paphos, Cyprus, 28 May – 1 June 2009 
  38. V. Anastasiadou, T. Delikurt, K. Theochari, A. Kotti, E. Aristidou‐Spanou , “Cross Cultural Communication in Genetic Services: Experiences in creating a network”, European Human Genetics Conference 2009, Vienna, Austria, 23-26 May 2009
  39. C. Christodoulou, E. Panayiotou, G. Koumbaris, D. Rajan, T. Fitzgerald, S. Gribble, S. Clayton, C. Hatzisevastou, A. Kurg, S. Kitsiou Tzeli, V. Anastasiadou, N. Scordis, Z. Kosmaidou, J. Vermeesch, A. Mavrou, A. Kolialexi, A. Yalla, I. Georgiou, N. Carter, P.C.  Patsalis, “Identification of underlying mechanisms in X‐chromosome disorders”, Marie Curie - Genome Architecture in Relation to Disease - Higher Order Genome Architecture, Edinburgh, Scotland,  1–5 April 2009  
  40. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, C. Gurkan, T. Michael, E. Mavrogiannou, Y. Marcou, E. Kakouri, A. Adamou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Familial breast cancer: genetics and pathology”, 1st International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 3-4 October 2008
  41. V. Neocleous, A. Aspris, V. Shahpenterian, V. Nicolaou, C. Panagi, I. Ioannou ,G. Stylianidou, Y. Kyamides, V. Anastasiadou, LA Phylactou, “Identification of Inherited Deafness in Cyprus”, 1st International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 3-4 October 2008
  42. C. Sismani, G. Koumbaris, V. Anastasiadou, G. Stylianidou, S. Hadjiloizou, P. Evangelidou, P.C. Patsalis, “Investigation of cryptic chromosomal imbalances in patients with mental retardation and/or multiple congenital abnormalities using array‐CGH”, 1st International Conference of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics, Nicosia, Cyprus, 3-4 October 2008
  43. VC Anastasiadou, ES Aristidou, A. Hadjisavvas, Y. Marcou, E. Kakouri, T. Delikurt, K. Kyriacou, “Breast cancer genetic counseling in Cyprus: first epidemiological data”, European Human Genetics Conference 2008, Barcelona, Spain, 31 May ‐ 2 June 2008
  44. VC Anastasiadou, ES Aristidou, A. Kotti, T. Delikurt, D. Georgiou, A. Hadjisavvas, K. Kyriacou, “Biallelic BRCA2 - the first Greek Cypriot family reported”, European Human Genetics Conference 2008, Barcelona, Spain, 31 May ‐ 2 June 2008
  45. V. Neocleous, V. Anastasiadou, M. Pantzaris, N. Skordis, LA Phylactou, “Underrepresentation of the RET sequence variants G691S and S904S in patients with a common C618R RET proto‐oncogene mutation”, European Human Genetics Conference 2008, Barcelona, Spain, 31 May ‐ 2 June 2008
  46. C. Sismani, G. Koumbaris, V. Anastasiadou, G. Stylianidou, S. Hadjiloizou, P. Evangelidou, PC Patsalis, “Investigation of cryptic chromosomal imbalances in patients with mental retardation and/or multiple congenital abnormalities using array‐CGH”, European Human Genetics Conference 2008, Barcelona, Spain, 31 May ‐ 2 June 2008
  47. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, C. Gurkan, T. Michael, E. Mavrogiannou, Y. Marcou, E. Kakouri, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Familial breast cancer genetics; molecular and cellular biology at crossroads”. Recent Advances in Health and Medical Sciences (RAHMS) International Conference, Paphos, Cyprus, 7 -12 March 2008 
  48. M. Loizidou, A. Hadjisavvas, Y. Markou, S. Malas, A. Adamou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Association studies for discovering new breast cancer genes: do they exist?”, International forum for the study of Familial and Early Breast Cancer, Nicosia, Cyprus, 18-21 October 2007
  49. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, Y. Markou, S. Malas, A. Adamou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “The spectrum of BRCA mutations in Cypriot families with breast ovarian cancer” International forum for the study of Familial and Early Breast Cancer, Nicosia, Cyprus, 18-21 October 2007
  50. C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, S. Parkel, L. Kousoulidou, O. Zilina, S. Bashiardes, E. Spanou, A. Kurg, P.C Patsalis, “A familial duplication of Xp22.2 analysed with high resolution X chromosome specific array‐MAPH methodology”, 13th International Workshop on Fragile X and X‐Linked Mental Retardation, Venezia, Italy, 3‐6 October 2007
  51. A. Drousiotou, V. Anastasiadou, G. Stylianidou, E. Mavrikiou, G. Mavrikiou, M. Dionysiou, T. Georgiou, “Lysosomal Storage Disorders in Cyprus”, 16th  ESGLD Workshop, Perugia, Italy, 27‐30 September 2007
  52. C. Sismani, S. Kitsiou‐Tzeli, M. Ioannides, V. Anastasiadou, G. Stylianidou, E. Papadopoulou, Z. Kosmaidou, E. Kanavakis, A. Kolialexi, A. Mavrou , PC Patsalis PC, “Array‐CGH characterization of familial and de novo “apparently balanced” translocations in patients with abnormal phenotype”, European Cytogenetic Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 7‐10 July 2007
  53. V. Neocleous, A. Aspris , V. Shahpenterian, V. Nicolaou, C. Panagi, I. Ioannou, Y.  Kyamides, V. Anastasiadou, LA Phylactou, “High Frequency of 35delG GJB2 mutation and absence of del(GJB6‐D13S1830) in Greek Cypriot patients with nonsyndromic hearing loss”, European Human Genetics Conference 2007, Nice, France, 16-19 June 2007
  54. C. Sismani, S. Kitsiou‐Tzeli, M. Ioannides, V. Anastasiadou, G. Stylianidou, E. Papadopoulou, Z. Kosmaidou, E. Kanavakis, A. Kolialexi, A. Mavrou , PC Patsalis PC, “Array‐CGH characterization of familial and de novo “apparently balanced” translocations in patients with abnormal phenotype”, European Human Genetics Conference 2007, Nice, France, 16-19 June 2007
  55. C. Sismani, S. Kitsiou‐Tzeli, M. Ioannides, V. Anastasiadou, G.  Stylianidou, E. Papadopoulou, Z. Kosmaidou, E. Kanavakis, A. Kolialexi, A. Mavrou, P.C. Patsalis, “Array‐CGH characterization of familial and de novo “apparently balanced” translocations in patients with abnormal phenotype”, High Resolution Molecular Cytogenetics Course, 25 March 2007
  56. A. Hadjisavvas, M. Loizidou, A. Adamou, Y. Markou, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Genetic epidemiology of breast cancer; Results of a population based study in Cyprus”, 16th International Conference on Chelators (ICOC) for the Treatment of Thalassaemia, Cancer and Other Diseases related to Metal and Free Radical Imbalance and Toxicity, Limassol, Cyprus, 25-31 October 2006
  57. P. Evangeliou, C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, S. Parkel, L. Kousoulidou, O.  Zilina, S. Bashiardes, E. Spanou, G. Koumbaris, A. Kurg, PC Patsalis, “A familial duplication of Xp22.2 analysed with high resolution X chromosome specific array‐MAPH (Multiplex Amplifiable Probe Hybridization) methodology”, 3rd  Marie Curie Conference and Training Courses on array‐CGH and Molecular Cytogenetics, Leuven, Belgium,  13‐16 September, 2006
  58. C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, S. Parkel, L. Kousoulidou, O. Zilina, S. Bashiardes, E. Spanou, A. Kurg, PC Patsalis, “A familial duplication of Xp22.2 analysed with high resolution X chromosome specific array‐MAPH methodology”, 11th International Congress of Human Genetics, Brisbane, Australia, 6‐10 August 2006
  59. C. Sismani, V. Anastasiadou, S. Parkel, L. Kousoulidou, O. Zilina, S. Bashiardes, E. Spanou, A. Kurg, PC Patsalis, “A familial duplication of Xp22.2 analysed with high resolution X chromosome specific array‐MAPH methodology”, European Human Genetics Conference 2006, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 6-9 May 2006
  60. V. Neocleous, V. Anastasiadou, G. Portides, LA  Phylactou , “Determination of the Carrier Frequency of the Common GJB2 (Connexin‐26) 35delG Mutation in the Greek Cypriot Population”, European Human Genetics Conference 2006, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 6-9 May 2006
  61. A. Hadjisavvas, T. Papasavva, M. Loizidou, S. Malas, Y. Michaelides, G. Potamitis, C. Christodoulou, G. Pavlides, D. Papamichael, G. Nasioulas, V. Anastasiadou, K. Kyriacou, “Genetics of Familial Colorectal Cancer; the Experience in Cyprus”,  8th Marianna Lordos Cancer Seminar and EU COST Action B20, Larnaka, Cyprus, 10 - 12 February 2006
  62. A. Hadjisavvas, AM Kotti, E. Spanou, K. Kyriacou, V. Anastasiadou,  “A report on the recently introduced services of genetic counseling to patients and families with familial cancer syndromes”, 8th Marianna Lordos Cancer Seminar and EU COST Action B20, Larnaka, Cyprus, 10 - 12 February 2006

Awards

  • Member of the European Union Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases (EUCERD), Cyprus Representative, National Expert
  • Member of the European Union Reference Network - Cross-Border Healthcare Expert Group
  • Member of the European Union Rare Diseases Task Force (RDTF), Cyprus Representative, National Expert
  • Member of the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) Public and Professional Policy Committee 

Fellowship from Fulbright / Amideast 

  • Training in Clinical Genetics, Department of Medical Genetics Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, USA (under the supervision of Victor McKusick) and Division of Genetics and Metabolism, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC, USA (under the supervision of Kenneth Rosenbaum), 1993
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