Dimitrios Kontis

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I am the Head of the 4th Psychiatric Department of the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica. I am the Chair of the Committee of the 1st, 2nd and 3rdh Mental Health Sector, Prefecture of Athens, Ministry of Health and Solidarity, Greece (Sector’s population 1 million people). I am the founder and Head of the Unit for the Study of Cognition in Psychosis (now Cognitive Rehabilitation Unit) at the same hospital. I studied medicine at the University of Athens Medical School (1990-1996). During 1998-2003 I was trained in adult psychiatry at the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica. I received my PhD degree in 2005.  The subject of my PhD research was the investigation of serotonergic and dopaminergic mechanisms in animal models of obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. It was conducted at the Laboratory of Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School. I had been a visiting research fellow at the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London (2011-2014). During 2006-2007 and 2010-2011 I completed two research fellowships at the Institute of Psychiatry, under Professors Robin Murray and Til Wykes, respectively. During these fellowships I was trained and participated in research in the areas of Neuroimaging in Psychiatry and Cognitive Remediation of Schizophrenia. I am co-author of 23 papers in international peer-reviewed psychiatric journals, which have already received more than 300 citations and 15 papers in Greek journals. I have also contributed in more than 100 papers which have been published in international and Greek conferences. I have made 34 talks as an invited speaker in Greek and international conferences. I have written one chapter on antipsychotic polypharmacy in an international book (Springer). The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation has supported my work on cognition in schizophrenia. My teaching experience includes the organization of seminars for mental health professionals at the Psychiatric Hospital of Attica and lectures in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of Greek Universities. I have received one poster award from the International society of Neurobiology and Clinical Psychopharmacology (2009) and two research awards from the Hellenic Psychiatric Association (2002, 2004).  My main research interests are cognition in schizophrenia, psychogeriatrics, mood and anxiety disorders.

Prevention and promotion
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
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Specialist care
Older adults
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
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Psychosis/bipolar disorder
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Dementia and other neurocognitive disorders

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