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ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ

Demetrios Bitsanis, Ph.D.
Tel.: +30 6974 102 233
e-mail: dim.mpitsanis@gmail.com


PROFILE

A highly motivated and innovative professional with experience in the science of nutrition and research & dietetics. Expertise in planning nutritional programmes for various health conditions, statistics, data collection and processing. A practised decision maker with the capacity to perceive problems, assess implications and provide solutions or improve treatments. Effective presentation expertise and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to bring a logical and lateral perspective to any project.

EDUCATION

09/00 - 07/11    London Metropolitan University 
London, UK    Ph.D. in Biochemistry

09/96 - 06/99         University of Westminster 
London, UK    M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences

09/94 - 09/95    University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK     M.Med.Sc. in Medicine in Human Nutrition
                      
09/88 - 06/93    The College of Southeastern Europe 
Athens, Greece    BSc. in Science 
Emphasis: Food science, Nutrition, Food biotechnology, Food analysis

QUALIFICATIONS

2016 - 2016    Metabolomic Academy-E.I.Nu.m
Italy        Diploma in Metabolomic & Nutritional Medicine
 
2014 - 2014    The Shaw Academy
London, UK    Diploma in Child Nutrition & Diploma in Sports & Exercise Nutrition 
    
2012 - present    Helena Venizelou – General & Maternity District Hospital 
Athens, Greece    Clinical Dietician  

2002        UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists-Association of Nutrition
London, UK    Registered Nutritionist

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

10/12 - present    Self- Employed 
Athens, Greece    Nutritionist-Clinical Dietitian

Advise patients on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation. 
  • Provide health advice and promote healthy eating
  • Make presentations and write reports
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life
  • Evaluate and improve treatments

10/12 – 05/13                New York College
Athens, Greece      Lecturer
  
Part-Time
Contributed to teaching and learning in the field of biochemistry and laboratory techniques to students 
  • Planned, designed and delivered the module including updating and review course content 
  • Carried out all necessary preparations, e.g., attended module meetings, wrote lectures, prepared lecture notes 
  • Ensured that the learning objectives and the learning need of students are met by the teaching content, methods of delivery 
  • Monitored student progress highlighting any concerns and develop areas

09/11 – 10/12     Self- Employed 
Athens, Greece    Private Tutor

Provide lessons in Mathematics at all levels to students. Offer an educational atmosphere for intellectual and psychological growth.
  • Design tailored programme for the students
  • Implement instructional activities that contribute to a climate where students were actively engage in meaningful learning experiences  
  • Provide guidance and advice to students on educational and social matters

10/07 - 05/08    National & Kapodistriako University of Athens 
Athens, Greece    Scientific Advisor
 
Assigned in Public Health & Epidemiology, School of Medicine for providing scientific, technical support and helping to maintain professional and credible relationships with key opinion leader
  • Involved in analyses and interpretation of complex data produced for the European programmes “HECTOR” & “EPIC ELDERLY NAH”
  • Co-author at the deliverables of the “HECTOR” project
  • Responsible for storing, processing and analysing data

01/03 – 01/07     London Metropolitan Univeristy 
Lecturer

Designed, developed and delivered a range of programmes of teaching Nutritional biochemistry, Biology & Chemistry to students, in order to enable them to complete their studies successfully
  • Designed and prepared teaching materials
  • Assessed students' coursework 
  • Demonstrated laboratory techniques to university students

09/95 – 10/06    London Metropolitan University
London, UK    Research Scientist

Conducted of assigned research studies of basic to high complexity, interpretation and reporting of study data, and assuring the regulatory compliance of these projects
  • Processed and analysed results and data
  • Published papers in national and international scientific journals and presented academic research papers at various conferences, UK, rest of Europe and overseas 
  • Served as an Editorial Assistant (reviewer) of the Journal of Nutrition and Health.

03/93 – 03/94    National Services
Athens, Greece    Trainee Engineer 

Completed the compulsory military service as a trainee in the Engineering Department. 
  • Minesweeper at the minefields clearance

BUSINESS COMPUTING & TECHNICAL SKILLS 

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), MS Internet Explorer, Outlook, SPSS 
  • GC, GC-MS/MS, HPLC, TLC, VIS/UV Mass Spectrometry, Cell culture, PCR & Electrophoretic Techniques

OTHER INFORMATION

Abstracts
Publications in Abstract Journals

INTERESTS

Volleyball, Squash, Gym, Multicultural Relations, World cinema, Theatre

PUBLICATIONS

Abstracts
    
D.C. Bitsanis, P. Lumumba, M. Leighfield, K. Ghebremeskel and M.A. Crawford (2001) Cooking and the fatty acid composition of herring, farmed salmon and rainbow trout. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, London.
    
Koukkou E, Khan IY, Bitsanis D, Ghebremeskel K, Crawford MA, Poston L (2001) Offspring of normal and diabetic rats fed saturated fat during pregnancy demonstrate abnormalities in brain fatty acid composition. Pediatric Research Supplement 50(1), 25A.

D.C. Bitsanis, K.L. Costeloe, A.C. Phylactos and M.A. Crawford (2000) Erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase activity in neonates: Evidence for linoleic-esterase interaction. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Glasgow.
    
I. Golfetto, D.C. Bitsanis, L. Dubowitz, B. Heer and M.C. Crawford (2000) The fatty acid composition of mothers plasma and cord plasma and breast milk of Karen women from Thailand refugee camp. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, Glasgow.
    
K. Ghebremeskel, D. Bitsanis, E. Koukkou, C. Lowy, L. Poston and M.A. Crawford (1998) Abnormal Partitioning of Liver fatty Acid in Diabetic Rats and their Pups. Proceedings of 3rd ISSFAL Congress, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, Lyon- France.

E. Koukkou, L. Poston, C. Lowy, D. Bitsanis, M.A. Crawford and K. Ghebremeskel (1998) A Western diet, high in saturated fat, fed to pregnant rats depressed fetal docosahexaenoic acid and vasodilatory responses in the neonates. Proceedings of 3rd ISSFAL Congress, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, Lyon- France.
    
E. Koukkou, D. Bitsanis, K. Ghebremeskel, C. Lowy and MA Crawford (1997) Both diabetes and maternal diet rich in saturated fatty acids alters fetal liver lipid composition. Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Essential Fatty acids and their Eicosanoids. J. Prostaglandins, Leucotrienes EFAs 57: 268
        
Peer Reviewed Papers
        
D. Bitsanis, M.A. Crawford, T. Moodley, K. Ghebremeskel & O. Djahanbakhch (2006) Gestational diabetes mellitus enhances arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids in placental phospholipids. Lipids 41(4):341-346. 
    
D. Bitsanis, M.A. Crawford, T. Moodley, K. Ghebremeskel & O. Djahanbakhch (2005) Arachidonic acid predominates in the membrane phosphoglycerides of the early and term human placenta.  Journal of Nutrition 135(11):2566-71.
     
Y. Min, C. Lowy, K. Ghebremeskel, B. Thomas, D. Bitsanis & M.A. Crawford (2005) Fetal erythrocyte membrane lipids modification: Preliminary observation of an early state sign of compromised insulin sensitivity in offspring of gestational diabetes. Diabetic Medicine 22:914-20. 
    
K. Ghebremeskel, D. Bitsanis, E. Koukkou, C. Lowy, L. Poston and M.A (2002) Crawford. Liver triacylglycerols and free fatty acids in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats have atypical N-6 and N-3 pattern. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 132 (part C): 349-354.
    
P. Ghosh, D. Bitsanis, K. Ghebremeskel, M.A. Crawford and L. Poston (2001) Abnormal aortic fatty acid composition and small artery function in offspring of rats fed a high fat diet in pregnancy. Journal of Physiology 533(3):815-822.
    
K. Ghebremeskel, M.A. Crawford, C. Lowy, Y. Min, B. Thomas, D. Bitsanis and K. Costeloe (2000) Arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids are strongly associated with maternal and neonatal blood. Eu. J. Clin. Nutr., 63:1-7.
    
K. Ghebremeskel, D. Bitsanis, E. Koukkou, C. Lowy, L. Poston and M.A. Crawford (1999) Maternal diet high in fat reduces docosahexaenoic acid in liver lipids of the newborn and the suckling pups British J. Nutrition 81: 395-404.
    
K. Ghebremeskel, D. Bitsanis, E. Koukkou, C. Lowy, L. Poston and M.A. Crawford (1999) Post natal modulation of heart and liver phosphoglyceride fatty acids in pups. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 43:365-373.
    
Honours (The related deliverables can be viewed at www.nut.uoa.gr/hector/PublicDocs)
    
A. Turrini, L. D’ Áddezio, C. Brombach, M.S. kauer & D.Bitsanis (2008) D3.1: Catering Practices case study questionnaires. Work package 3: Project no: FooD-CT-2006-23043, project name: HECTOR (2006-2008), project title: Eating out: Habits, Determinants, and Recommendations for Consumers and the European catering Sector. 
    
A. Turrini, L. D’ Áddezio, C. Brombach, M.S. kauer & D.Bitsanis (2008) D3.2: Working Document Case Study Report of European Catering-related enterprises, including SMEs. Work package 3: Project no: FooD-CT-2006-23043, project name: HECTOR (2006-2008), project title: Eating out: Habits, Determinants, and Recommendations for Consumers and the European catering Sector. 
    
    
Other presentations

D. Bitsanis Effects of Diabetes and Prematurity on Fatty Acid Composition of the Human Placental Membranes. Xinjiang International Forum on Clinical Medicine Development, Urumqi Symposium, August 2011. 
    
D. Bitsanis, K. Ghebremeskel, M.A. Crawford, I.Y. Khan, P.D. Taylor & L. Poston. Arachidonic and Docosahexaenoic Acid Composition of Thoracic Aorta of Adult Rats. 6th Congress of the International Society for the study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Sidney, Australia, July 2006.
    
D.Bitsanis Gestational Diabetes increases Placental and Reduces Maternal Red Cell Arachidonic and Docosahexaenoic Acids. 6th Congress of the International Society for the study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Brighton, UK, June 2004.
    
D.Bitsanis, T. Moodley, Ghebremeskel, O.B. Djahanbakhch and M.A. Crawford. Placental Arachidonate and Docosahexaenoate Levels are Enhanced by Gestational Diabetes. 6th Congress of the International Society for the study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Brighton, UK, June 2004.
    
D. Bitsanis, K. Ghebremeskel, I.Y. Khan, P.D. Taylor, L. Poston and M.A. Crawford. Arachidonate and Docosahexaenoate Levels in Heart of Adult Rats are Age and Gender Dependent. 6th Congress of the International Society for the study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Brighton, UK, June 2004.
    
D.Bitsanis, T. Moodley, Ghebremeskel, O.B. Djahanbakhch and M.A. Crawford.  Arachidonate and Docosahexaenoate Composition of First Trimester and Term Placenta. International Society of the Study of fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Montreal in Canada, May 2002.
    
M.A. Crawford, Y. Min, I. Golfetto, D. Bitsanis, T. Moodley,   K. Ghebremeskel and L. Poston. Arachidonate and Docosahexaenoate in Perinatal Neurovascular Development. Plenary Lecture. International Society of the Study of fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) in Montreal in Canada, May 2002.
    
D.Bitsanis, Y. Q. Wang, K. Ghebremeskel and M.A. Crawford. Trace Elements and Human Evolution. Inorganic Biochemistry Discussion Group Meeting, University of North London, January, 2002.
    
D.Bitsanis, Y. Q. Wang, R. Reifen, K. Ghebremeskel and M.A. Crawford. The Unique Structural Property of Membrane Docosahexaenoic acid. SET for Britain, House of Common, October 2001.
    
D.Bitsanis, R. Heuschkel, K. Ghebremeskel, J. Walker-Smith and M.A. Crawford. Arachidonate and Docosahexaenoate Could Be Biochemical Markers to Differentiate Between Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Biochemical society, University of Sussex, December 2000.

Περιοδικά Διατροφής (Ελλάδα)
    
Δ. Μπιτσάνης. Ενυδάτωση- Όσα δεν ξέρεις για το νερό. The Body, τεύχος 18 Αύγουστος-Σεπτέμβριος, 2016.