The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens was founded in 1837. It is the largest public institution of higher education in Greece. It is a legal entity of public law with 43 Departments and 183 Postgraduate programs of all disciplines, 158 Laboratories, 69 Clinics (included in 4 University Hospitals), 6 Central Libraries. With a student body of about 125000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, over 2000 members of academic staff and approximately 1300 administrative and secretarial staff and specialized personnel, the University of Athens is one of the largest universities in Europe.
The 1st University Department of Otolaryngology (AORL) was established in 1939 at the Hippokrateio Hospital in Athens, and is the largest Otolaryngology Department in the country. It provides clinical services for all major subspecialties including Otology & Neurotologic surgery, Audiology, Head & Neck Oncology, Lateral Skull Base Surgery, Rhinology and Larynology. It is also one of the Cochlear Implant Centers in Athens. In particular, the Audio-Vestibular Laboratory is one of the most prestigious in the country and is focused in the assessment of hearing and balance using the latest technology in audiological and vestibular research, including posturography, psychoacoustic tuning curves, electrophysiological testing of hearing, otoacoustic emissions for assessment of the cochlear function and vestibular evoked myogenic potentials for the assessment of the balance organ. Multidisciplinary approach is provided, including vestibular rehabilitation. More than 1,000 patients are examined annually.
The AORL department has one of the most competitive postgraduate surgical training programs, with 15 surgical Residents. It is responsible for the undergraduate training program of Medical and Dental Students of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens.
The AORL department is actively involved in clinical and basic science research and has published over 130 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals over the last 5 years. Moreover, it is actively involved in two FP7 and four Horizon 2020 research programs.
- REGAIN (EU funded Horizon 2020 project)
- UNITY (EU funded Horizon 2020 project)
- HOLOBALANCE (EU funded Horizon 2020 project)
- EVOTION (EU funded Horizon 2020 project
- SIFEM (EU funded FP7 project)
- EMBalance (EU funded FP7 project)
- TINNET (EU funded COST action)