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Sotiria Gizani

Assistant Professor

Phone: (+30) 210-746-1324
Email: stgizani[at]dent.uoa[dot]gr

Mailing Address:
2 Thivon Str, 115 27, Goudi, Athens, Greece 

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Education / Qualifications

  • 1991, D.D.S - University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 1992-1994, Master in Dental Sciences (MScD)- Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Thesis ‘Oral health survey of handicapped children’, Leuven University Press, Leuven.
  • 1994-1998, Certificate of Clinical Internship in Paediatric Dentistry- Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).
  • 1994-1998, Doctor in Medical Sciences (PhD) -Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Thesis ‘Evaluation of a preventive program in young children with rampant caries treated under general anaesthesia’. Leuven, University Press, Leuven.

Academic and professional positions held

  • 2014-to present Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Athens –Greece
  • 2007-2013 Lecturer, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Athens –Greece
  • 1998-2006 Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Athens – Greece
  • 1994-1998 Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Academic and professional responsibilities

  • Member of the General Assembly of the Dental School, University of Athens 2008-2009, 2011-2012.
  • Member of the Financial Committee of the Dental School of University of Athens (2011-2012).
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of 4 national congresses and 1 international (23rd Congress of IAPD, Athens 2011).
  • Member of the Clinical Affairs Committee of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) (2012-to present)
  • Editor (2016-) and Assistant Editor (2009-2015) of the Hellenic Journal of Pediatric Dentistry Pedodontia"
  • Editorial Board of the South European Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Research (2013-to present)
  • Member of the Continuing education committee of the Dental School of University of Athens (2016-)
  • Member of the ??? (η επιτροπή με τη Νάνσυ) committee of the Dental School of University of Athens (2016-)

Awards and Honours

  • Honorary distinction from the Journal of Disability and Oral Health for the paper with title ‘Oral hygiene and periodontal treatment needs in young people with special needs attending a special school in Greece’ , Bristol UK, 13-5- 2005
  • Award of the Hellenic Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for the research paper entitled ‘Oral health status of children and adolescents with cleft. 23-25 May 2008.
  • Morita award for the research paper entitled ‘Obesity and dental caries of Greek Preschool children’, 22nd Congress of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD), 17-20 June 2009.
  • Annual award and scholarship ‘Koulourides’ for the research project entitled ‘The impact of probiotic lozenges with Lactobacillus reuteri  in the development of white spot lesions at the oral cavity of orthodontic patients.’ 22 September 2010. 
  • Morita award for the research paper entitled ‘Caries preventive effect of a chlorhexidine/thymol varnish and a fluoride one in erupting permanent molar., 25thCongress of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD), 1-4 July 2015.


  • ORCA
  • European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (EAPD) 
  • International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD)
  • Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities (ADPD)
  • American Association of Hospital Dentists (AAHD)
  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
  • Hellenic Association of Paediatric Dentistry

Selected publications in scientific journals

  • Long-term outcome of oral health in patients with early childhood caries treated under general anaesthesia.EzEldeen M, Gizani S, Declerck D.Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2015 Aug;16(4):333-40. doi: 10.1007/s40368-014-0167-3. Epub 2014 Dec 20.
  • Effect of the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri on white spot lesion development in orthodontic patients.Gizani S, Petsi G, Twetman S, Caroni C, Makou M, Papagianoulis L. Eur J Orthod. 2015 Apr 3. pii: cjv015. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Effect of a chlorhexidine/thymol and a fluoride varnish on caries development in erupting permanent molars: a comparative study. Flamee S, Gizani S, Caroni C, Papagiannoulis L, Twetman S. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2015 Dec;16(6):449-54. doi: 10.1007/s40368-015-0192-x. Epub 2015 Jun 10
  • Best clinical practice guidance for management of early caries lesions in children and young adults: an EAPD policy document.Kühnisch J, Ekstrand KR, Pretty I, Twetman S, van Loveren C, Gizani S, Spyridonos Loizidou M.Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2016 Jan 5. [Epub ahead of print
  • Therapeutic Management Of A Case Of Generalized Aggressive Periodontitis (GAP) In An 8-Year Old Child: 18-Month Results. Seremidi K., Gizani S., Madianos P. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2012 Oct;13(5):266-71.
  • Cariogram Profiles In 2-6 Year Old Greek Children Kavvadia K., Agouropoulos A., Gizani S., Papagiannouli L., Twetman S. Eur J Dent. 2012 Oct;6(4):415-21
  • Oral Health Care Provided By Greek Dentists To Persons With Physical And/Or Intellectual Impairment Gizani S., Kandilorou H., Kavvadia K., Tzoutzas J. Spec Care Dentist 32(3): 83-89, 2012
  • Child Protection Training,Experience and Personal views of Dentists in the Prefecture of Attica. Laud A, Gizani S, Maragou T, Papagiannoulis L, Welbury R. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2012 Mar 16. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2012.01225.x.
  • Oral health status and behaviour of greek patients with cleft lip and palate. Parapanisiou V, Gizani S, Makou M, Papagiannoulis L. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2009 Jun; 10(2):85-9.
  • The microbiota on different oral surfaces in healthy children. Papaioannou W, Gizani S, Haffajee AD, Quirynen M, Mamai-Homata E, Papagiannoulis L. Oral Microbiol Immunol. 2009 Jun;24(3):183-9
  • Distribution of selected cariogenic bacteria in five different intra-oral habitats in young children. Gizani S, Papaioannou W, Haffajee AD, Kavvadia K, Quirynen M, Papagiannoulis L. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2009 May;19(3):193-200. Epub 2008 Dec 14
  • Oral health status of teenagers and young adults with intellectual impairment in Athens,Greece. Kavvadia K., Gizani S., Mamale S., Nassika M. Journal of Disability and Oral Health 2008,9(2): 63-69.
  • Adhesion of streptococcus mutans to different types of brackets. Papaioannou W, Gizani S, Nassika M, Kontou E, Nakou M. Angle Orthod. 2007 Nov;77(6):1090-5.
  • Progression of proximal caries in children with different caries indices: a 4-year radiographic study. Vanderas AP, Gizani S, Papagiannoulis L. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2006 Sep;7(3):148-52.
  • Oral health findings in a group of Greek schoolchildren with mild mental impairment. Gizani S, Papaioannou W, Papagiannoulis L. Journal of Disability and Oral Health 2006,7(1): 3-9.

Areas of scientific interest

  • Molecular methods for bacterial identification
  • New methods of caries prevention and caries risk assessment
  • Initial caries remineralisation in orthodontic patients
  • Epidemiology
  • Patients with special needs
  • Child dental neglect

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