The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory of the University of Cyprus Medical School aims to develop and provide high quality diagnostic and clinical services to respiratory patients from Cyprus and abroad. Furthermore, the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory is involved in the educational activities of the Medical school and carries out innovative research in the fields of diagnostics, prophylaxis and treatment of respiratory diseases as well as in environmental and public health.
Moreover, the Respiratory Physiology Laboratory, in collaboration with the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the Archbishop Makarios III Hospital, hosts the national Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Service (PCD Service) and offers state of the art diagnostic and clinical services to PCD patients.
The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory is a European Reference Network for rare respiratory diseases member laboratory since 2022.
Provide training for the students of the University of Cyprus Medical School.
Development of innovative research in the fields of diagnostics, prophylaxis and treatment of respiratory diseases.
Explore novel approaches and inform policy making in the fields of environmental and public health.
Participation in international studies for respiratory diseases and for environmental and public health through the collaboration with other academic and research institutes in Cyprus and abroad.
The organization of public awareness events regarding the effect of environmental or lifestyle factors on public health and more specifically on respiratory diseases.
PRIMARY CILIARY DYSKINESIA
Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare, genetically heterogeneous disorder which results from the dysfunction of small hair-like organelles, called motile cilia. Motile cilia project from the apical side of epithelial cells that line up the upper and lower airways (respiratory cilia) and can be found in a variety of other tissues. PCD patients usually suffer from recurrent respiratory infections which lead to chronic destructive airway disease characterized by progressive loss of lung function and structural damage to the airways (bronchiectasis).
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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a hereditary multi-organ disease caused by pathogenic alterations in the gene of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), a protein that regulates chloride transport in the cell membrane. The disease affects mostly the lungs, causing sticky mucus secretions and frequent infections, but also the liver, the pancreas, body growth, etc. In Cyprus, due to high temperatures, about 34% of patients present with severe dehydration and electrolyte disorders as the first symptom of the disease.
CF care in Cyprus has been implemented since 1997, after the establishment of a tertiary Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic in the ‘‘Archbishop Makarios III’’ Hospital in Nicosia. The prevalence of CF at birth in Cyprus is around 1 in 8000 live births.
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2nd annual LIFE MEDEA project meeting
Several members of our laboratory, participated in the 2nd annual meeting of the LIFE MEDEA project, which took place in Heraklion, Crete (29-30 November 2018). During the meeting, the progress of LIFE MEDEA was assessed while the public had the opportunity to learn more about the health effects of
The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory participated in the final meeting of the BEAT-PCD COST Action.
The Respiratory Physiology Laboratory and the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Service, participated in the final meeting of the COST Action: BEAT-PCD (Better Experimental Approaches to treat PCD), which took place in Poznan, Poland between 26th and 29th of March 2019. During the meeting, the recent study of our laboratory was
Desert Dust Storms and the ability for accurate and timely forecasting
Our laboratory and LIFE MEDEA collaborator, Dr Petros Mouzourides, discusses about Desert Dust Storms, the available arsenal of meteorological forecasting tools as well as the online warning dissemination platform developed by LIFE MEDEA which particularly aims for timely and accurate public warnings in advance of Desert Dust Storms.