Dementia for medical students

Improving knowledge/developing skills of pregraduate students to manage dementia

Scientific coordinator

Ioannis Zaganas, Assistant Professor of Neurology

Coordinating Department / Laboratory

Neurology Department, University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete (Chair P. Mitsias)

Departments / Laboratories participating

University of Crete:

  • Neurology Department (Ioannis Zaganas, Panayiotis Mitsias)
  • Internal Medicine Department (Symeon Panagiotakis)
  • Social Medicine Department (Christos Lionis, Ioanna Tsiligianni)
  • Psychiatry Department (Maria Basta, Panayiotis Simos)
  • Pathology Department (Anastasios Koutsopoulos)
  • Pharmacology Department (Ioannis Charalampopoulos)
  • Radiology Department (Efrosini Papadaki)
  • Museum of Medicine (Ioannis Tsiaoussis)

Other Institutions:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Magda Tsolaki)
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Elisabeth Kapaki, Nikolaos Scarmeas)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA (Nikolaos Robakis)
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, USA (Constantine Lyketsos)

General Description

The prevalence of dementia is increasing in our times, posing a burden for modern societies and their health systems. Current medical students, as the physicians of the future, will be called to cope with the increasing number of patients with dementia.

The summer school “Dementia for medical students” aims to expose medical students to the challenges of detecting cognitive dysfunction and caring for patients with neurodegenerative disorders. This offers an opportunity to showcase the interdisciplinary approach employed in dementia care to optimize health outcomes. At the same time, students will be educated on the most recent developments in research for neurodegenerative disorders.

The structure of the program will entail both clinical practice and hands-on laboratory experience and lectures by distinguished scientists running in parallel. A total of 12 medical students will be practicing in groups in the departments involved in this summer school (Neurology, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Social Medicine) and the Laboratories of the University of Crete, Medical School (Neurogenetics/Neurodegenerative Disorders, Pharmacology, Pathology). At the same time, the group will attend courses at 1-4pm, by experts in the field of dementia.

Purpose of Training

The trainees are expected to acquire knowledge, based on an interdisciplinary approach on the management of dementia, both in the community and in a hospital setting.

Who is it for

Pre-graduate medical students

Duration / location

2 weeks (distributed per discipline), mid-July 2022 (Monday July 4th – Friday July 15th )

Scientific-Organizing Committee

  • Ioannis Zaganas (Scientific Coordinator)
  • Ioannis Charalampopoulos (University of Crete)
  • Elisabeth Kapaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Panayiotis Mitsias (University of Crete)
  • Nikolaos Robakis (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, USA)
  • Nikolaos Scarmeas (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Panayiotis Simos (University of Crete)
  • Magda Tsolaki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)


  • Ioannis Zaganas
  • Elisabeth Kapaki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Christos Lionis
  • Constantine Lyketsos (John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA))
  • Panayiotis Mitsias
  • Nikolaos Robakis (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA))
  • Nikolaos Scarmeas ((National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Panayiotis Simos
  • Magda Tsolaki (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
  • Maria Basta
  • Anastasios Koutsopoulos
  • Ioannis Charalampopoulos
  • Ioanna Tsiligianni
  • Efrosini Papadaki
  • Symeon Panagiotakis
  • Emmanouil Papastefanakis

Draft social program (excursions, evenings, dinners, etc.)

During the summer school, one dinner and one excursion (with minimal fee) will be programmed, with the participation of students and educators.
For information on Heraklion:

Student selection process (maximum number of students, evaluation criteria)

Maximum number of 12 students
5th and 6th year medical students
Evaluation of CV and motivation letter by the scientific committee

Application procedure

Online application (by email to
Deadline: April 27th, 2022

Tuition costs per participant

400 euros per student (includes welcome dinner but does not include travel, accommodation, and an optional excursion with lunch)

Additional comments

Accommodation and travel cost not included in the tuition fees; however, we aim to provide relevant information to participants.