Since 2016 and through the recent project PHIG (Preventing Hospital Infections in Greece), CLEO has been expanding its field of activity into other sectors of health research and promotion, including:
Collectively, the work of CLEO aims at the improvement of health care quality in General and Children’s hospitals across Greece.
The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research was founded in 2011 under the auspices of the 1st and 2nd Pediatric Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, with the generous support of the “Stavros Niarchos” Foundation.
CLEO has operated as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation since October 2014.
Written by Dimitra Kousi, Junior Biostatistician, CLEO.
What is the microbiome?
Trillions of microorganisms colonize our gastrointestinal tract, skin, genito-urinary system etc., together forming the ‘human microbiome’. Most of these microorganisms are bacteria, but the microbiome also includes fungi, protozoa and viruses. Some of these microorganisms have a beneficial effect on our health, others have been associated with harmful functions while others remain neutral.
Recent studies on the human microbiome showed that 56% of the total cell count in our body are not human cells, but bacterial, weighing nearly 0,2 kg (almost as much as a zucchini!) (1). The microbiome is unique for each and every one of us and, in a way, constitutes our identity (2). The vast majority of the human microbial communities inhabit the gastrointestinal tract, and this is the reason why the gut microbiome (GM) has attracted the most attention.Read more ...
Mantadakis, E., Kopsidas, I., Coffin, S., Dimitriou, G., Gkentzi, D., Hatzipantelis, E., Kaisari, A., Kattamis, A., Kourkouni, E., Papachristidou, S., Papakonstantinou, E., Polychronopoulou, S., Roilides, E., Spyridis, N., Tsiodras, S., Tsolia, M. N., Tsopela, G.-C., Zaoutis, T. and Tragiannidis, A.
Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology, Cambridge University Press, 2(1): e.71, http://doi.org/10.1017/ash.2022.43
Objective: We surveyed antimicrobials used in Greek pediatric hematology–oncology (PHO) and bone marrow transplant (BMT) units before and after an intervention involving education regarding the 2017 clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for the management of febrile neutropenia in children with cancer and hematopoietic stem-cell transplant recipients.Read more ...