Department of Pathology (Laboratory of General Pathology & Pathological Anatomy)

The Department of Pathology (Laboratory of General Pathology and Pathological Anatomy) of the Faculty of Medicine, AUTh, offers extensive teaching, diagnostic and research services. The teaching activities are addressed to the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry of the School of Health Sciences, AUTh, Erasmus programme students,  specializing physicians (pathologists, cytopathologists, and other specialties with interest in clinicopathological correlation), PhD candidates, undergraduate students of the Nursing Services of the AHEPA and Hippokrateion hospitals, as well as postgraduate students of other Schools. The diagnostic and research activities of our Department are presented below (Research interests and Laboratory tests offered).


Research interests: 

Aetiopathogenesis and morphology (macroscopic and microscopic) of diseases of all systems of the human body. Clinicopathological correlation. Investigation of prognostic and predictive markers in various diseases. Molecular pathogenesis of cancer. Molecular markers and genotypic investigation of tumours. Translational research of cancer. The members of the Teaching Staff and the physicians of The National Health System of our Department have extensive research experience in specialized areas of Pathology, such as: mechanisms of inflammation, carcinogenesis, chronic liver diseases, haematological neoplasms, cancer of the digestive system, diseases of the breast and ovaries, nephritides, as well as peripheral nerve and skeletal muscle diseases. Methodology: histological examination, histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, confocal microscopy, TMA construction, in situ hybridization, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), PCR-based investigation of DNA/RNA changes in extracts from biopsy and surgical specimens, next-generation sequencing (NGS) protocol design and implementation.

Main laboratory equipment: 

Organized diagnostic and research sections of the Laboratory in Histopathology, Cytopathology, Histochemistry, Immunohistochemisty, Immunofluorescence, Molecular Histopathology and Confocal Microscopy.

Lab tests offered: 

Histopathological examinations of biopsy and surgical specimens from patients of the AHEPA University Hospital. Consultation histopathological examinations of biopsy and surgical specimens from other laboratories and hospitals. Cytopathological examinations from patients of the AHEPA University Hospital and other hospitals. Immunohistochemical tests. Molecular tests (FISH and PCR-based methods). Autopsies.

Collaborations with Schools of AUTh: 

1st Department of Internal Medicine, 1st Educational Department of Internal Medicine, 4th Department of Internal Medicine, 1st Department of Cardiology, 1st Department of Dermatology, 2nd Department of Dermatology, 2nd Department of Orthopaedics, 3rd Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Oncology, 1st Department of Otolaryngology, 2nd Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 1st Educational Department of Surgery, 2nd Department of Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, 2nd Department of Paediatric Surgery , Department of Chemistry.

Collaborations with national University Schools: 

Hellenic Cooperative Oncology Group (HeCOG), Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Hellenic Network of Precision Medicine in Oncology (CERTH), Hellenic Society of Medical Oncology (HeSMO), Nationwide Registry for Childhood Haematological Malignancies and Solid Tumors (NARECHEM-ST).

Collaborations with foreign University Schools: 

International Liver Pathology Study Group, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer-Cutaneous Lymphoma Task Force (EORTC-CLTF), International Splenic Lymphoma Study Group (ISLSG), Department of Pathology, Lyon-Sud Hospital Centre Pierre Bénite (France).