MARIA G. KANARIOU, MD, PhD
DIPLOMA IN IMMUNOLOGY
Postgraduate education: Paediatrics - Immunology
Coordinator Director NHS, Department of Immunology - Histocompatibility, Specialized Centre & Referral Centre for
Primary Immunodeficiency - Paediatric Immunology, “Aghia Sophia” Children's Hospital, Athens, Greece
Coordinator Director NHS, Department of Immunology - Histocompatibility,
Specialized Centre & Referral Centre for Primary Immunodeficiency - Paediatric Immunology, “Doxiadis” Building, “Aghia Sophia” Children's Hospital, “Thivon & Papadiamantopoulou, 115 25 Athens
Tel. +30 213 2013766, Fax +30 213 2013293; Mob. +30 694 4675007
Maria G. Kanariou was born in Chios and lived there during her early childhood before she moved to Athens, where she graduated from high school; and then enrolled to the Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She specialized in Paediatrics at the First Paediatric Department of the University, “Aghia Sophia” Children's Hospital. Eventually she completed her PhD thesis at the Immunology Laboratory of the Paediatric Department, University of Athens.
She has also been trained in Basic Immunology at Hammer- smith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, University of London, through which she obtained her Diploma in Immunology (1988). Furthermore, she then specialized in Paediatric and Clinical Immunology at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London and the Clinical Research Centre, in Harrow Hospital. She also trained in Allergology at the Laikon Hospital in Athens; and in Paediatric Immunology/ Allergology at the Children's Hospital in Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. Dr. Kanariou has additionally been reco- gnized as “European Paediatric Allergist” by the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology.
As a paediatrician, she initially worked at the First Department of Paediatrics of the National and Kapodistrian University, “Aghia Sophia” Children's Hospital and the “P. & A. Kyriakou” Children's Hospital in Athens. She has been working with the Department of Immunology-Histocompatibility, “Aghia Sophia” Children's Hospital since 1986; assuming the position of Depart- ment Director in 1996, which she holds to date.
Maria Kanariou is a member and an active participant in Greek and international scientific societies. She has co-authored numerous scientific papers published in Greek and international journals, she has served as a reviewer in international journals and she participates actively with presentations in Greek and international conferences, composing authored papers for con- ference proceedings, and coordina-ting and chairing scientific round tables and scientific meetings.
She was a member of the Steering Committee for the Re- gistry of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID) (2012-2014) and the ESID Representative of Greece for the registry of patients with primary immunodeficiency. In this context, she also participates in the ESID Scientific Consulting Group for the definition of the diagnostic criteria for several primary immunodeficiency disorders. She was president of the VIII Meeting of the ESID (Greece, 1998) and member of the ESID Executive Board (1996-2000).
Her main concern, practice and initiative is the cooperation of the Paediatric Departments of Children's Hospitals and other hospitals in Greece with International Centres in order to fully investigate and treat children, teenagers (and adults in special cases) with immunological diseases and particularly patients with primary immunodeficiency. This effort often leads to the deployment and implementation of research programs that contribute to clinical knowledge and new treatments. Furthermore, she organizes specialised trainings for doctors, nurses and other health-related professionals in Paediatric Immunology; actively supports patient organiza- tions, their families and their friends.
Diagnosis and treatment of patients with primary immunodeficiency.
Cooperation in the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with immune diseases, whose manifestations could be from any system -respiratory, gastrointestinal, skin- or/and cachexia:
Increased frequency of infections or recurrent - severe - atypical infections
Often - recurrent or periodic febrile episodes
Severe or atypical allergic diseases, particularly dermatitis during infancy
Atypical or unusual autoimmune phenomena, particularly autoimmune cytopenias during childhood and adolescence
Hyperplasia of lymphatic tissue (lymphademopathy, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly)
As Consultant Paediatric Immunologist she assists in evaluating the appropriate choice of Immunomodulation / Im-
munointervention / Immunotherapy in the respective diseases.