Meet our 2021 Jens Sandahl Christiansen Award winner, Dr Panagiotis Anagnostis
Dr Panagiotis Anagnostis, Consultant and Research Associate in Endocrinology from Thessaloniki, Greece, is our 2021 Jens Sandahl Christiansen Award winner! His research focuses on menopause, dyslipidaemias and metabolic bone diseases, and you can watch his medal lecture, “Cardiovascular Disease – menopause” at e-ECE 2021, on 23 May, at 17:00-17:30 CEST. Read our interview with him ahead of his lecture to learn about his career in endocrinology. Find out more about e-ECE 2021 and register today.
Tell us a little about your career path and what you are most proud of?
I completed my basic medical training in 2002 and received my PhD from the Medical School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), Greece, in 2013, and then went on to do an MSc degree at the Open University of Cyprus in 2016. I received a postgraduate award for my work at the Medical School and also a grant from the Hellenic Atherosclerosis society for my post-doctoral training abroad. I was also awarded a scholarship from the European Society of Endocrinology and completed my post-doctoral training at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College of London, UK, and at menopause clinics in Queen Charlotte, Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher and clinical scientific collaborator at the Unit of Reproductive Endocrinology, AUTH, and my main research interests are menopause, dyslipidaemias and metabolic bone diseases. I also work as work as a Consultant in the Division of Endocrinology at the Police Medical Centre in Thessaloniki
I am extremely proud to be awarded the 2021 Jens Sandahl Christiansen Award for my work on cardiovascular diseases and menopause.
How did receiving a scholarship from the European Society of Endocrinology affect your career?
I received the International Endocrine Scholarship from the European Society of Endocrinology in 2013 which enabled me to carry out my post-doctoral training abroad in London.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your work?
The pandemic has definitely had a negative impact on my daily clinical activities, but I have tried to keep up my academic research and scientific work.
What will you be presenting during your lecture at e-ECE 2021?
I am presenting the results of my academic research in the field of menopause-related cardiovascular disease, and will be discussing some original studies, meta-analyses and position statements.
What do you think about virtual conferences compared to in-person conferences?
Virtual conferences can still deliver the main purposes of in-person conferences, but they lack the benefits of interaction between other attendees.
What do you think are the biggest challenges in endocrinology and diabetes right now?
Some of the main areas that provide challenges and need more research are:
- Elucidating the pathogenesis and genetic basis of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI)
- New studies on menopausal hormone therapy and reduction in cardiovascular and fracture risk, in women with early menopause
- New anti-osteoporotic therapies to reduce residual fracture risk in post-menopausal women
- New therapies to reduce high lipoprotein concentrations
What do you think will be the next major breakthrough in this field?
The next major breakthrough may be new advances in diabetes, dyslipidaemias and metabolic bone disease, which will have implications in clinical practice.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy using the knowledge that emerges from my academic research, in my clinical practice. Evidence-based decision making is a major challenge for clinicians.
Who do you admire most, and why?
I admire professors Dr Dimitrios Goulis and Dr Irene Lambrinoudaki for their global recognition and the great impact their academic work has had in the field of reproductive endocrinology and menopause.
Any words of wisdom for aspiring endocrinologists?
Never give up and keep up the hard work. One day you will be recognised for it!