Dr. Antonis Vlassopoulos has studied Nutrition & Dietetics in Harokopio University of Athens followed by an MSc and a PhD in Human Nutrition in the University of Glasgow School of Medicine.
His research interests focus on understanding the role of nutrition in the prevention of cardiovascular disease with particular interest in the role of the immune system on chronic disease development. In this context, he has been involved in studies aiming to understand the molecular mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and the role of food bioactives in this process, the design and deliver of nutritional interventions in healthy and at-risk individuals as well as the development of novel methodologies in nutritional assessment and exposure assessment for foods and bioactives (mainly development of food composition databases for branded foods and/or bioactives).
He has spent three years in the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland as postdoctoral researcher studying the role of food policy in promoting healthier food habits, with a special focus on labelling and reformulation as the main drivers of dietary changes in countries like the USA, France, the United Kingdom, Brazil and China. He is a research associate in the Agricultural University of Athens, where he participates in the teaching of the Food & Nutrition Policy postgraduate course and he holds an Honorary Research Fellowship with the University of Glasgow.
His other interests include the development of leadership skills in young scientists through the organization of educational activities in conferences, workshops and human resources development programs as well as the development of scientific communication skills to link research with society.