Hellenic Pasteur Institute


A list of all staff working in the unit
Dionyssios N. SGOURAS
Head of Vaccines Unit Research Director, Laboratory of Medical Microbiology
Interim Director of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute

Technical specificities

Find out the institute's technical specificities




Public Health

Institutes' actions and tools to support Public Health


Epidemiological Surveillance

• The Reference Laboratories (RLs) for influenza virus, measles and rubella viruses, enteroviruses, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and Leishmania. • the Diagnostic Services Laboratories, • the Vaccine Production Unit, • the Quality Control for Vaccine production Laboratory The PHD of HPI, since its foundation in 1920, has significantly contributed to the progress of public health in Greece. Development and implementation of new technology and knowledge, in the context of scientific collaboratio

National and international technical expertise

WHO Collaborating Centers

1. National Influenza Reference Laboratory, Southern Greece. Detection/ isolation and typing of influenza viruses from clinical samples collected in Southern Greece during the winter influenza surveillance period. Standard methods for influenza virus isolation and typing as well as PCR based methods are employed. Clinical samples are received from hospitals, health centres and a sentinel network organised by the KEEL in southern Greece. Laboratory results from the influenza microbiological surve

National Reference Laboratories recognized by WHO

5. National Reference Laboratory for Leishmaniasis: The aim of the National Laboratory for Leishmaniasis is to monitor the frequency, origin, and type of leishmaniases in Greece. Leishmaniasis is diagnosed by using standard methods such as detection of parasites in smears, culture, histologic sections, or by detecting serum specific antibodies (IFAT, ELISA) or by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of lesion biopsy specimens, bone marrow, or peripheral blood. The samples are received from hospitals

Regional Reference Laboratory

4. National Reference Centre for Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NRCNG): The NRCNG operates in the Laboratory of Bacteriology of the H.P.I. since 1987, upon authorisation of the Greek Ministry of Health (?1/5755/15-6-1987) to which is reporting in an annual basis. Principal goal of the NRCNG is the performance of continuous surveillance of the epidemiological and antibiotic resistance trends of gonococcal infection in Greece. To that end: (a) A quite effective surveillance system for monitoring epidemiol

International vaccination centers

Production of serums and vaccines

The Vaccine Unit of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute, unique for our country, has been operating in the fields of production and packaging of vaccines and biological products since 1923. The Unit has been functioning under strict regulations and in compliance with European directives and the National Organization for Medicines and its operation is supported by the Quality Control Laboratory and by the Animal House Unit of Hellenic Pasteur Institute. The Laboratory of Quality Control of the HPI was

Health Care Services to local populations

Medical Biology Centers and Laboratories

The Diagnostic Laboratory offers a broad range of laboratory tests for the diagnosis of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. Methods used include serological tests such as agglutination reaction, immunoenzyme techniques, immunofluorescence, western blot, and a growing number of assays to detect and quantify viral DNA or RNA in clinical specimens by the use of molecular techniques. Diagnostic tests are offered to outpatient and hospitalized patients. Specimens are also received from other l

Diagnostic tests

A lot of the diagnostic tests are in house developped techniques, mainly the molecular biology ones
Director: Voula ZISIMOPOULOU
Year of establishment: 1920
Type: Private foundation
Address: 127 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens, GREECE
Phone: 00 30 21 0647 8800
Email: secr.director@pasteur.gr
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