“Seeking and using the evidence in clinical practice”

Oxford–Thessaloniki Diabetes Forum is a 3-day course for young diabetologists, organised by the Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) and the Second Medical Department of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki. Faculty comprises of experts in the field from OCDEM and universities across Greece (Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Alexandrupoli).

The content focuses on the practice of evidence accumulation, retrieval and establishing appraisal techniques for research and clinical practice in diabetes. This course aims to provide an opportunity for young enthusiastic diabetologists to get a taste of research and clinical practice in Centres of Excellence. Working together, participants will learn how simple evidence-based medicine and research techniques can be applied to improve diabetes care. Research experience is not required.

The course is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk.



DAY 1: Monday, 11th May 2020
09:00 - 09:45 Registration, welcome, pre-course questionnaire

What is evidence-based medicine / practice?

Speaker: A. Tsapas
09:45 – 10:30

Formulating questions – Finding the evidence

Speaker: N. Papanas
10:30 – 11:15
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee / Tea break

Rapid critical appraisal

Speaker: D. Goulis
11:45 – 12:30

Study design

Speaker: E. Ntzani
12:30 – 13:00

Systematic reviews – Metaanalysis – Cochrane

Speaker: M. Trivella
13:00 – 13:45

Taking action – Applying the evidence

Speaker: E. Ntzani
13:45 – 14:30
14:30 - 15:30 Lunch break

Coca – Cola trial

Workshop: A. Tsapas, A. Liakos, AB Haidich, E Pangalidou
15:30 – 17:30
17:30 - 18:00 Coffee / Tea

Analysis of trial results

Workshop: A. Tsapas, A. Liakos, AB Haidich, E Pangalidou
18:00 – 19:00
DAY 2: Tuesday, 12th May 2020

Numbers, numbers, numbers

Speaker: D. Matthews
08:45 – 10:00

Stats in small doses

Speaker: J. Levy
10:00 – 10:45
10:45 - 11:15 Coffee / Tea break

Hypothesis formulation & project design

Speaker: D. Matthews
11:15 – 11:45
Research project (in silico) - Workshop

Introduction to Workshop and Experimental Scenarios

Speakers: J. Levy
11:45 – 12:00

Data analysis

Speakers: J. Levy, D. Matthews
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch break

Preparation of abstract & slides

Speakers: J. Levy, D. Matthews
14:30 – 16:00


Speakers: J. Levy, D. Matthews
16:00 – 18:00
DAY 3: Wednesday, 13th May 2020

Getting the best for all: glucose control in gestational diabetes

Speaker: J. Levy
08:45 – 09:45

Cardiovascular outcome trials and antidiabetic management

Speaker: A. Tsapas
09:45 – 10:30
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea break

Models in theory and practice

Speaker: D. Matthews
11:00 – 11:30

Post-course questionnaire

11:30 – 12:15


Dimitrios G. Goulis

Professor Dimitrios G. Goulis completed his medical training (MD) and received his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Having a scholarship from the European Union, he worked as Clinical Research Fellow at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, acquiring the specialty of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is currently professor of Reproductive Endocrinology in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aristotle University. Prof. Goulis has published 270 full papers in peer-review international journals 40 chapters in international textbooks. He was an invited speaker in 410 international and Greek congresses. He is currently or had been Head of the Unit of Reproductive Endocrinology, 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director of the training center in Andrology of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA); Vice-resident and Secretary General of the European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS); Secretary General of the European Academy of Andrology (EAA); Director of the executive committee for the postgraduate training program (MSc) in “Research Methodology in Medicine and Health Sciences”; Member of the executive committees for the postgraduate training programs (MSc) in “Medical Research Methodology” and “Human Reproduction” (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki); and associate editor of “Human Reproduction”, “Andrology”, “Metabolism”, “Journal of Endocrinological Investigation”, “Hormones”, “Anir” and “Human Reproduction Open”. Prof. Goulis’ main research interests include Andrology, menopausal transition, endocrine complications of pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome and research methodology.

Anna-Bettina Haidich

Dr. Bettina Haidich was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1974. She graduated from the Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics in 1996 and received her MSc degree in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK in 1997. During 1998-1999, she has worked as a biostatistician at the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research of the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina in 2003 under the supervision of Professor John P.A. Ioannidis. In 2011, she was appointed lecturer and in 2013 assistant professor (non-tenure) in Hygiene-Medical Statistics in the Department of Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Currently she is an associate professor in Medical Statistics-Epidemiology in the same department. She teaches Medical Statistics and Epidemiology to undergraduate and graduate students at the Department of Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in relevant seminars / workshops.

Dr. Haidich has written a Greek book and chapters in English books in medical statistics and published 123 papers in international journals with more than 2500 references. She was an invited speaker in more than 40 Greek and international congresses and seminars. She has been a reviewer in 10 international medical journals and member of the Editorial Board of two international journals and the Cochrane Statistical Methods Group. Her research interests include epidemiology, medical statistics, with emphasis in the methodology of reporting safety in clinical trials and meta-research.

Jonathan Levy

Dr Jonathan Levy is Clinical Director of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) and is responsible for the delivery of specialist National Health Service diabetes care for Oxfordshire where he is also actively involved in teaching.

He is based in the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine and his research interests focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of type 2 diabetes. He is a member of the steering committee of the 4-T (Treat to Target in Type 2 diabetes) trial and a co-author on publications arising from the study. He has published papers on the assessment of β-cell function, insulin resistance in diabetes and on potential treatments for diabetes.

Aris Liakos

Post-doctoral Fellow, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece

David R. Matthews

David Matthews is Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Oxford, Medical Tutor, at Harris Manchester College, consultant physician and the Chairman of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), one of the largest combined academic and clinical centres for diabetes and endocrinology in the UK.

His academic research interests include mathematical modelling of insulin resistance. There is a research focus on physiological research into diabetes agents, in particular at the level of the beta-cell involving incretins and sulphonylureas. An ongoing concern about the world pandemic of diabetes resulted in the founding of the Oxford Health Alliance which published its ‘Grand challenges’ in Nature in 2007 (www.3four50.com) and is working towards combating the scourge of the diabetes epidemic in the world. We are establishing an observational link to the Andover Vision project – a UK civic renewal programme.

He is the author of more than 200 publications and is on the editorial boards of several professional journals.

Evangelia Ntzani

Assistant Professor, University of Ioannina, Greece

Eirini Pangalidou

Doctoral Fellow, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Greece

Nikolaos Papanas

Professor Nikolaos Papanas is Professor in Internal Medicine-Diabetes Mellitus at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. He is Head of the Diabetes Centre-Diabetic Foot Clinic of the Second Department of Internal Medicine at Democritus University of Thrace. He has been specialised in diabetes and its complications in the Diabetes Centre and the Diabetic Foot Clinic at King’s College Hospital, London, UK, as well as in the German Diabetes Centre at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. He has established an ongoing collaboration with the neuropathy study group of the German Diabetes Centre in Düsseldorf. He has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds. Moreover, he serves in the editorial board of other international journals (more than 80). He has been Guest Editor in 9 special issues of international journals. He has also participated with numerous presentations in Greek and European medical congresses and repeatedly served as invited reviewer in medical journals. He has been invited to deliver lectures in 9 foreign countries. He has served in the Executive Committee of the Hellenic Society for Angiology. Furthermore, he is currently a member in the Executive Committee of the Study Group on Diabetes and Nervous System of the German Diabetes Association (DDG). He is also Vice President of the Greek Society for the Study of the Diabetic Foot. He has served as Secretary General and as President of the Hellenic Diabetes Association (HDA). He is now the President of the ethics committee of HDA. Additionally, he is Vice President of the Diabetic Foot Study Group (DFSG, www.dfsg.org) of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). He is Visiting Professor in the German Diabetes Centre, Düsseldorf. Finally, he is an honorary member of the Cypriot Diabetes Association and of the Hungarian Diabetes Association.

Marialena Trivella

Lecturer in Systematic Reviews, UK Cochrane Centre, University of Oxford, UK

Apostolos Tsapas

Professor Apostolos Tsapas MD PhD MSc (Oxon) graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1992, and defended his thesis there in 2002. Following a fellowship (2007-2009) in diabetes at Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford under Professor David R. Matthews, he studied for an MSc in Evidence-based healthcare at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) at the University of Oxford in UK (2012). After a 6-month stay at the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic Rochester MN USA with Professor Victor Montori, he returned to Greece in 2012. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Diabetes at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Head of the Second Medical Department and the Diabetes Centre at Ippokratio Hospital Thessaloniki, founding Lead Investigator of the Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Unit at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK.

His research is focused on knowledge synthesis (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), evidence-based practice, patient-centred care and clinical decision-making in medicine and diabetes. Professor Tsapas has been involved in the development of the Hellenic diabetes guidelines (2018, 2019), and the joined American Diabetes Association (ADA) and European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 2012, 2015, 2018 and 2019 position statements on the management of hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes. A diabetologist and health services researcher, Professor Tsapas is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, many of them in top-ranking medical journals (Lancet, BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology).


The cooperation between Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) and the Second Medical Department, Aristotle University Thessaloniki began in 2007, following Dr Tsapas’ fellowship at OCDEM under Prof DR Matthews supported by an EFSD (European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes – Albert Renold) fellowship. Aim is the setup of educational and research links between centres of excellence, to support postgraduate education, and career development of academic personnel.

Oxford – Thessaloniki Forum is the realisation of this link. We hope that this course, which focuses on the interaction of young diabetologists with experienced researchers, will be successful, and will lead to further common educational and research links.

Oxford-Thessaloniki Diabetes Forum. Sponsored by Novo_Nordisk2

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