Our History

Hellenic Society of Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine has been established to support scientists and clinicians involved with basic and translational research on Gene and Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine (GCTRM) in Greece. Although, therapeutic modalities related to allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantations have long been established current research is mainly focused on basic science and pre-clinical studies.
Thus, there was a compelling need for the establishment of a Scientific Society in Greece that can support these activities, been proactive in facilitating scientific exchange, disseminating knowledge and increasing the awareness of gene and cell therapy among scientists and also promote interactions with other societies, funding organizations and regulatory bodies. More importantly, such a scientific entity can define scientific principles and provide guidance for the development and evaluation of Gene and Cell therapy medicinal products intended for use in humans.

History

In the fall of 2013, after long discussions mainly between hematologists and biologists working in the field of Gene and Cell therapy (G. Stamatoyannopoulos, A. Athanasiadou, N. Anagnou, G. Vassilopoulos, E.Yannaki, and A. Anagnostopoulos), Achilles Anagnostopoulos took the initiative to coordinate the procedures for establishing the Hellenic Society of Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine. For finalizing the Articles of Association, fruitful discussions and valuable interactions between the founding members took place. Professor George Stamatoyannopoulos, founding leader of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, acted as a key person for finalizing the articles of association, transferring his vast experience and knowledge in the field. Finally, the General Assembly Committee was held in Volos in June 29th, 2014. 

Temporary management Committee

The temporary management committee prepared the necessary documents for the legal approval of the Articles of Association of the Hellenic Society of Gene Therapy and Regenerative Medicine. Then, the temporary management committee supervised the Board of Directors election. 

Members of the temporary management committee

(in alphabetical order)

1. Athanasiadou Aglaia
2. Anagnou Nicholas
3. Anagnostopoulos Achilles
4. Vassilopoulos George
5. Goussetis Evgenios
6. Baltadakis John
7. Spyridonidis Alexandros

Board of Directors election

The first Board of Directors election was held in May 2015. On 8th of June 2015, the BoD was composed of:

 

President

Anagnostopoulos Achilles

Vice President      

Anagnou Nicholas

General Secretary

Athanasiadou Aglaia

Treasurer

Vassilopoulos George

Assistant Secretary:

 Spyridonidis Alexandros

Members

Yannaki Evangelia,
Goussetis Eygenios