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Respiratory Assembly

This Assembly provides a platform for interaction between clinicians and basic scientists, aiming in a holistical approach of Respiratory Physiology and Disease. Research interests of our different study groups include airway diseases immunology and therapeutics, lung cancer biomarkers, respiratory infections and respiratory physiology, while we are happy to consider developing further study groups. 

Head: Alexander G. Mathioudakis, Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool, UK.

Secretary: Ioannis P. Gialmanidis, General Hospital of Nikaia "St. Panteleimon", Piraeus, Greece.



Groups and Projects

1. UNderlying common background of Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease and cardioVascular disEase study gRoup (UNCOVER)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and CardioVascular Disease (CVD) seems to share similar characteristics in their etiology and pathophysiology. Low-level chronic inflammation, both localized and systematic, appears to be a significant linking factor between the two entities. The aim of the UNCOVER group is to further investigate potential overlap in their pathophysiology and pathogenesis and to investigate the need for a combined approach to their management. 

2. Airway Diseases Management Group.


Alveolus Journal

Alveolus is the official journal of the Respiratory Assembly of Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Biomedical Research. It is an OPEN ACCESS, FREE OF PUBLICATION FEES, peer reviewed journal, which is published online quarterly, and aims to become a forum for the exchange of knowledge and views on all the fields of Respiratory Medicine. Original articles, comprehensive uptodate review articles on Respiratory Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Cell Biology, Thoracic Imaging and Bioethics, Interesting Cases and also summaries and comments of the most recent relevant papers, books and events will form the basis of scientific, technical and ethical debate and exchange of knowledge.



  1. Mathioudakis AG, Mastoris I, Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou V, Mathioudakis GA. The risk of tachyarrhythmias in patients with moderate-to-severe chronic kidney disease receiving tiotropium bromide. Int J Cardiol. 2015 Jun 20;197:105-106.
  2. Mathioudakis AG, Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou V, Evangelopoulou E, Mathioudakis GA, Siafakas NM. Comparative Mortality Risk of Tiotropium Administered via Handihaler or Respimat in COPD Patients: Are they Equivalent? Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Aug;28(2):91-97. IF = 2.543
  3. Mathioudakis AG, Kanavidis P, Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou V, Gialmanidis I, Amanetopoulou SG, Christopoulou E, Evangelopoulou E, Mathioudakis GA. Tiotropium Improves the Survival of COPD Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv 2014 Feb;27(1):43-50. IF: 2.894
  4. Mathioudakis AG, Mathioudakis GA. Tiotropium Inhaler Devices: Seeking convenience when mortality is at stake? J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv. 2013 Apr;26(2):120. IF: 2.894
  5. Mathioudakis AG, Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou V, Evangelopoulou E, Mathioudakis GA. Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Inhaled Agonists: Potential role in Pulmonary Therapeutics. Hippokratia 2013, 17(1):12-16. IF: 0.525
  6. Mathioudakis AG. Current approach to COPD management: Setting a model in medical therapeutics. Curr Resp Med Reviews 2013;9(6):350-1. (Editorial, Indexed in Scopus).
  7. Mathioudakis AG, Chatzimavridou-Grigoriadou V, Corlateanu A, Mathioudakis GA, Calverley PMA. COPD phenotypes and biomarkers: Introducing personalised medicine. Curr Resp Med Reviews 2013;9(6):372-8. (Indexed in Scopus).
  8. Corlateanu A, Montanari G, Mathioudakis AG, Botnaru V, Siafakas NM. Management of stable COPD: An update. Curr Resp Med Reviews 2013;9(6):352-9. (Indexed in Scopus).
  9. Mathioudakis AG, Mathioudakis GA. The phenotypes of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Archives of Hellenic Medicine [Indexed in Scopus, Accepted for publication].
  10. Mathioudakis AG, Mathioudakis GA. Etiopathogenesis and management of non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis. Archives of Hellenic Medicine [Indexed in Scopus, Accepted for publication].

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