Sotiria Gizani (Greece)
Sotiria Gizani obtained her Dental Degree from the University of Thessaloniki and then completed her postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) where she successfully finished her 6-year training program in Paediatric Dentistry as well as her “Master in Dental Sciences” and her doctorate (PhD). Afterwards she returned to Greece and since then she has been working at the Department of Paediatric Dentistry in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, initially as a lecturer and later as an Assistant Professor. She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department at the same University and also the owner of a private practice limited to Paediatric Dentistry.
She has given many lectures in Greece and abroad and she has published 50 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 2 book chapters, one research monograph and numerous abstracts in International and local Congresses. Her scientific work has been cited more than 800 times in Google Scholar and Scopus and has received important international and local awards. In addition, 2 of her projects on the prevention of initial carious lesions in orthodontic patients and oral health in diabetics, received funding through a scholarship in a national competition among all fields of Dentistry. In 2018, she has been elected at the post of Secretary of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) while she has been a member of the Clinical Affairs Committee of EAPD for the last six years, being actively involved in the scientific program and the organization of the 9th, 10th and 11th EAPD Interim Seminars as well as the 2nd Athena EAPD Master Class. Finally, she is a member of the Organizing Committee of the 15th EAPD Congress in Hamburg, on behalf of EAPD. Her research interests focus mainly on clinical trials regarding prevention and management of caries in young children, oral health care of patients with special needs and vulnerable children as well as communication and behavior management in the dental setting.