image001Dr. Polyxeni Nicolopoulou-Stamati M.D. PhD. Pathologistimage002
Professor of Pathology Medical School
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Campus address: 75 Mikras Asias str. Goudi, Athens 11527, Greece
Tel. 00302106840488   Fax: 00302106840488
Mailing address: Agias Filotheis Str. 37, Filothei, Athens 15237, Greece



Description of current function and professional activities

Qualified Pathologist – Cytopathologist. Teaching Environmental Pathology at the Medical School of the University of Athens and VRIE University of Brussels.

Organized, implemented and directed (2004-2014) the 2-year Master Program of the Medical School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens entitled: “Environment and Health: Capacity Building for Decision Making”.

Engaged in Research and Medical Practice. Experienced in organizing seminars, intensive courses and congresses, in building medical curricula, in coordinating European projects

Expert at the European Commission on Environmental Health, engaged in science policy interface.

Consultant in Public and Private Sector

Member of the board HCWH –Europe. Member of IPPNW, Nobel Peace Prize Awarded in 1985.

Member of the Environmental Effects on Health Center of the Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens.


Societal Commitment

Societal Commitment of Dr. P. Nicolopoulou-Stamati (PNS) has started in the early years of her career when she joined the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in 1983 and has been an active member (Bernard Lown, Prescription for Survival: A Doctor’s Journey to End Nuclear Madness. Berrett-Koehler, 2008., ISBN: 978-1-57675-482-5, pg 231.) contributing to the activities of IPPNW on local (Greece) and International level as a member of the International Council 1983-1986.

Next to this experience from her involvement with IPPNW and the nuclear threat she was sensibilized to the emerging man made chemical threat that appeared in the early 90s and she gave public lectures communicating information on the impact of radiation and man made chemicals on health but also on the environment translating science in a way that could be understandable by the public.

She has organized informing roundtable for decision makers at the European Parliament, aiming at awareness raising of the MEPS focusing on Environmental Health (http://www.pan-europe.info/Resources/Newsletter/Archive/news20.htm).

In 2006, PNS single handed opposed to the Greek authorities, against the Ministry of Rural Development to use pesticide in the Urban Area of Attica basin in order to save the pine trees that have been innoculated with Marchallina Hellenica in the area by professional honey producers, financed by the EU 2002-2006. Her petition against the Supreme Court was against the directives issued by the Greek authorities, to spray carcinogenic pesticides polluting the air in urban area, affecting the health of misinformed citizens. The Greek Supreme Court banned only one of the substances (Fenoxycarb a known carcinogen). So P.N.S. sewed again the Minister of Rural Development taking the case to the Supreme Court succeeding in banning completely the use of pesticides in the urban area. After the banning, ecological methods were successfully used.


Other relevant activities of her commitment on awareness raising for protecting public health from environmental impact

  • Appointed Member of Greek National Council of Public Health.
  • Appointed Executive Member of Environment and Public Health in Modern Society (EPH). EPH is a network linking scientists and professionals across various research and professional fields with the participation of representatives within local, regional, national, European and international authorities. EPH aims at improving and protecting human health, analizing and protecting where needed the ecosystems, and linking initiatives into global alliance (LiGA). EPH refers to the first Global and European Declaration on Environment and Public Health in Modern Society (EPH Declaration), issued on October 30, 1993 on behalf and with the support of EU and UN Organizations. (http://www.eph-info.net/index.php?index2709).
  • Appointed Member of the board Health Care without Harm Europe (HCWH). Health Care Without Harm is an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and environmental health organizations and religious groups. Health Care Without Harm shares a vision of a health care sector that does no harm, and instead promotes the health of people and the environment. (http://www.noharm.org/europe/)
  • Member of scientific committee of Greek National Network on Endocrine Disrupters.
  • Permanent Member of the advisory board on Environment and Health of the Greek National Academy of Science.
  • Invited expert in the Permanent Committee of the Environment of the Greek Parliament.



P.Nicolopoulou-Stamati, L.Hens and C.V. Howard 2007: “Congenital Diseases and the Environment”, ISBN 978-1-4020-4830-2, Environmental Science and Technology Library, Vol. 23, SPRINGER.

P.Nicolopoulou-Stamati, L.Hens and C.V. Howard, 2006: “Environmental Impact on Fertility, ISBN 978-1-4020-4828-9, Environmental Science and Technology Library, Vol. 22, SPRINGER.

P.Nicolopoulou-Stamati, L.Hens and C.V. Howard, 2005: “Environmental Health  Impacts of Transport and Mobility, ISBN: 1-4020-4304-X, Environmental Science and Technology Library , Vol. 21, SPRINGER.

P.Nicolopoulou-Stamati, L. Hens, C.V. Howard and N. Van Larebeke, 2004: “Cancer as an Environmental Disease”, ISBN 1-4020-2019-8, Environmental Science and Technology Library, Vol. 20, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

P.Nicolopoulou-Stamati , L.Hens and C.V. Howard, 2001: “Endocrine Disrupters. Environmental Health and Policies” ISBN 0-7923-7056-2, Environmental Science and Technology Library, Vol. 18, Kluwer Academic Publishers.

P.Nicolopoulou-Stamati , L.Hens and C.V.  Howard, 2000: “Health Impacts of Waste Management Policies, ISBN 0-7923-6362-0, Environmental Science and Technology Library, Vol. 16, Kluwer Academic Publishers.