Paediatric Immunology

Paediatric Immunology is an important part of Immunology, which has a determinant role in Medicine. Inborn Errors of Immunity / Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PIDs) are caused by monogenic germline mutations that result in defect or dysfunction of the encoded protein. They predispose the immunodeficient persons to infections, allergy, autoimmunity - autoinflammatory and/or lymphohyperplasia, and they are at the core of Paediatric Immunology. 

PIDs have a great biological impact and they have led to remarkable progress in understanding the components and functions of the complex immune system in humans and provide new diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Earlier recognition and better therapeutic management for patients with primary immunodeficiency disorders, as well as for the larger number of persons with immunocompomised conditions, contribute to improve quality of life of patients and their families and have a positive impact on society. 

The purpose of this site is to disseminate information and education on the early and accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of Primary Immunodeficiencies and to promote public awareness of them, the Inborn Errors of Immunity.

Maria G. Kanariou
Paediatrician, Consultant in Paediatric Immunology
PhD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Diploma in Immunology, University of London 

Registry of Patients with Primary Immunodeficiencies in Greece

In recent years, the Department of Immunology-Histocompatibility of “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, being the only Paediatric Immunology Department in Greece, as a Specialized Center & Referral Center of Primary Immunodeficiencies – Paediatric Immunology, has initiated communication with doctors and scientists around Greece regarding data collection from patients with Primary Immunodeficiencies in our country. The aim was and continues to be to increase the awareness of not only doctors, but also people who work in the Health Sector, as well as to achieve the creation of a National PID Registry in Greece in connection with ESID, similar to the systems that France and many other national networks use. The Hellenic Society for Immunology has agreed on that, and I am looking forward to a close collaboration among Greek Centres under the auspices of ESID.

We are welcoming you to support this effort!

Maria G. Kanariou
Paediatrician, Consultant in Paediatric Immunology
PhD, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Diploma in Immunology, University of London 


20 April 2019: Scientific Meeting on Primary Immunodeficiencies Paediatric Immunology

Scientific Meeting
on Primary Immunodeficiencies
Paediatric Immunology

20 April 2019
'Kostis Palamas' UoA
Athens, Greece


Click on the image to view the program in pdf format


Armonia

Ο «Association of Friends of Patients with Primary Immunodeficiency and Clinical Immunology / ARMONIA» was founded with the initiative of Maria Kanariou due to the need to raise awareness about diseases of the immune system. In collaboration with scientists in the field and other patient organizations, ARMONIA tries to offer support to patients and their families, while advocating the existence of stable access to medical care and the necessary special hospital conditions. 

It is a member of the Greek Alliance for Rare Diseases, of Eurordis (Rare diseases Europe) and of IPOPI (International Patient Organisation for Primary Immunodeficiencies)