The DEEP project has received research funding from the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme
The Thalassemia Unit of the First Department of Pediatrics of the University of Athens is one of the largest centers for the treatment of patients with thalassemia and other hemoglobinopathies in Greece. More than 360 patients are chronically transfused and more than 500 patients are followed on a regular basis in the unit. The oldest university in Southeast Europe, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens ranked 177th in the world in 2009 (it was 200th on 2008). The unit has pioneered in setting the standards of care in the treatment of thalassemia in Greece and it has contributed significantly in the development of new methods for the evaluation and treatment of iron overload. Many clinical and basic research studies have been completed in the unit and their results published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Main tasks in the project
The NKUA will contribute to the WP4 in the planning and conduction of the randomised, controlled efficacy and safety trial aimed at comparing the efficacy of DFP versus DFO in children of 2-10 years of age. The NKUA will also organize the work of the Data Safety Monitoring Committee established in WP1.
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Christou Lada, 6
10561 Athens – Greece