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Nikolaos-Nikitas Giannakopoulos

Associate Professor

Phone: (+30) 210-746-1188
Email: nikgian[at]dent.uoa[dot]gr

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

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Education / Qualifications

  • 2004 Diploma of Dentistry from National University of Athens, Greece
  • 2011 Degree of Dr. med. dent. at the medical faculty (Department of Prosthodontics) of the University of Heidelberg
  • 2012 Degree of M.Sc. in Prosthodontics
  • 2016 Degree of PD (Privatdozent; postdoctoral qualification) at the medical faculty (Department of Prosthodontics) of the University of Heidelberg
  • 2014 Qualified Specialist for Function Diagnostics and Therapy (from the German Association for Function Diagnostics and Treatment, DGFDT)
  • 2015 Qualified Specialist in Prosthodontics and Dental Materials with Further Education of DGPro (from the German Association of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials, DGPro)

Academic and professional positions held

  • 2005-2007: Teaching assistant for undergraduate (preclinical) courses at the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Heidelberg (Director: Professor Dr. P. Rammelsberg)
  • 2007-2016: Assistant professor at the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Heidelberg (Director: Professor Dr. P. Rammelsberg)
  • since 10.2016: Associate professor (Privatdozent) and senior lecturer (Oberarzt) at the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Würzburg (Director: Professor Dr. M. Schmitter)

Academic and professional responsibilities

  • Vice-president of the Neuroscience Group of the IADR
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Oral Health journal Awards and Honours
  • Dental Education Award 2009 (1st award of the Kurt Kaltenbach Stiftung)

Research Theses - Books

  • Habilitation thesis: “Impact of somatic and psychosocial aspects on oral rehabilitation”, Medical Faculty, University of Heidelberg, 2016

Selected publications in scientific journals

  • Comparison of particle-size distributions determined by optical scanning and by sieving in the assessment of masticatory performance. Eberhard L, Hellmann D, Schmitter M, Schindler HJ, Giannakopoulos NN. J Oral Rehabil 2012; 39:338-348.
  • Critical appraisal of systematic reviews on the effect of a history of periodontitis on dental implant loss. Faggion CM Jr, Giannakopoulos NN. J Clin Periodontol 2013; 40:542-552.
  • Effect of the occlusal profile on the masticatory performance of healthy dentate subjects. Giannakopoulos NN, Wirth A, Braun S, Schindler HJ, Rammelsberg P, Eberhard L, Hellmann D. Int J Prosthodont 2014; 27:383-389.
  • An economic evaluation of maxillary implant overdentures based on six vs. four implants. Listl S, Fischer L, Giannakopoulos NN. BMC Oral Health 2014; 14:105.
  • The effect of experimental balancing interferences on masticatory performance. Eberhard L, Braun S, Wirth A, Schindler HJ, Hellmann D, Giannakopoulos NN. J Oral Rehabil 2014; 41:346-352.
  • Functional adaptation of the masticatory system to implant-supported mandibular overdentures. Giannakopoulos NN, Corteville F, Kappel S, Rammelsberg P, Schindler HJ, Eberhard L. Clin Oral Impl Res 2017; 28:529-534.
  • Immediate and delayed loading of two-piece reduced-diameter implants with locator-analog attachments in edentulous mandibles: One-year results from a randomized clinical trial examining clinical outcome and patient expectation. Giannakopoulos NN, Ariaans K, Eberhard L, Klotz AL, Oh K, Kappel S. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res 2017; 19:643-653.
  • Adaptation to new complete dentures—is the neuromuscular system outcome-oriented or effort-oriented? Eberhard L, Oh K, Eiffler C, Rammelsberg P, Kappel S, Giannakopoulos NN. Clin Oral Invest 2018; 22: 2309-2317.
  • Systematic reviews in orthodontics: Impact of the PRISMA for Abstracts checklist on completeness of reporting. Vasquez-Cardenas J, Zapata-Noreña O, Barbosa-Liz D, Carvajal-Flórez Á, Giannakopoulos NN, Faggion CM Jr. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2019; 156: 442-452.e12.
  • Jaw exercises in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders – an international modified Delphi study. Lindfors E, Arima T, Baad-Hansen L, Bakke M, De Laat A, Giannakopoulos NN, Glaros A, Guimarães AS, Johansson A, Le Bell Y, Lobbezoo F, Michelotti A, Müller F, Ohrbach R, Wänman A, Magnusson T, Ernberg M. J Oral Facial Pain Headache. 2019 2019; 33:389–398.
  • Consensus-based clinical guidelines for ambulatory electromyography and contingent electrical stimulation in sleep bruxism that is associated with negative health outcomes. Lobbezoo F, Aarab G, Ahlers O, Baad-Hansen L, Bernhardt O, Castrillon E, Giannakopoulos NN, Grønbeck A, Hauschild J, Holst-Knudsen M, Skovlund N, Thymi M & Svensson P. J Oral Rehabil 2020; 47:164-169.
  • Comparison of acupuncture on specific and non-specific points for the treatment of painful temporomandibular disorders: A randomised controlled trial. Şen S, Orhan G, Sertel S, Schmitter M, Schindler HJ, Lux CJ, & Giannakopoulos NN. J Oral Rehabil 2020; 47:783-795.
  • Diagnostic accuracy of the Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders for children aged 8–12 years. Katsikogianni E, Schweigert-Gabler S, Krisam J, Orhan G, Bissar A, Lux CJ, Schmitter M, Giannakopoulos NN. J Oral Rehabil 2020; early-view
  • Impact of different types of dental prostheses on oral-health-related quality of life: a prospective bicenter study of definitive and interim restorations. Winter A, Erdelt K, Giannakopoulos NN, Schmitter M, Edelhoff D, Liebermann A. Accepted from the Int J Prosth Dent

Areas of scientific interest

  • Measurement of true endpoints of prosthodontic rehabilitation
  • Occlusion and masticatory function
  • Electrophysiology
  • Evidence-based Dentistry

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