Ignatios Ikonomidis

2013 Jury Panel

Dr Ignatios Ikonomidis is Assistant Professor in Cardiology in 2nd Cardiology Department, Attikon Hospital, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He is the director of the Vascular Laboratory of the Preventive Cardiology and works in the field of non invasive cardiovascular imaging He has a national and worldwide reputation and is regarded as one of the leading experts in the field echocardiography. As a result he is a permanent grader of the accreditation examination in cardiac ultrasound for European Association of Echocardiography Certification.

He used to work in the Department of Clinical Cardiology in Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London, U.K. During this period he was responsible for the running of the department of Stress and Contrast Echocardiography in Echocardiography Laboratory of Hammersmith Hospital. He also received a Research Grant from the Special Health Authorit of Hammersmith Hospital (LOCR-RC/259) for a research project examining the effects of apirin on cytokine, platelet and thrombin activation and its concomitant effects on myocardial ischaemia in patients with coronary artery disease This project was completed as Ph.D thesis in University of Athens and was published as full paper in Circulation journal.

He is member of several national, european and international associations. He has published over 100 original papers with over 1400 citations (h-index 20) and contributed in several medical textbooks.He has given several invited talks at international meetings and has been invited to chair sessions at scientific meetings. She has also been active in both organizing and teaching in courses and symposia. He acts as a regular reviewer of research papers for high impact international journals.

He has participated in several rmulticenter trials examining the effects of antiplatelet and antithrombotic and antiinflammatory agents in CAD (Paragon A, Oasis 2, STABILITY ) as well as in European registries of CAD (EUROASPIRE III) and international registries of acute heart failure (ALARM).

He has published original work about the effects of aspirin on inflammation, platelet activation and coagulation in patients with CAD (Circulation 1999 and 2005) as well as on the effects of interleukin 1 inhibition on coronary circulation, vascular and LV function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic CAD (Circulation 2008, Heart 2009 Thrombosis Haemostasis 2011). He has also studied the beneficial effects of postconditioning on coronary microcirculation using contrast echocardiography in patients with acute coronary syndromes (Atherosclerosis 2009,2012, Heart 2010) He has participated in position papers of the European working group of peripheral arteries regarding the use of non invasive techniques to assess endothelial function. His main interests are the study of microcirculation, vascular and LV function in cardiac diseases in association with atherogenetic and inflammatory processes.