Panos Alexopoulos, MD, PhD, MA

Research Fellow

The scale and impact of dementia can be reduced by approaching it as a multifaceted challenge having genetic, chemical, biological, pharmacological, psychological and social dimensions.

Current Work

Panos is a Research Fellow at GBHI, Trinity College Dublin, Associate Professor of Psychiatry-Psychogeriatrics at University of Patras, Greece and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Technical University of Munich, Germany.

His research focus encompasses early diagnosis and markers of Alzheimer’s disease, geriatric depression, age-related sensory loss, as well as issues of philosophy and mental health.

Personal Hero

Panagiotis Kanellopoulos (1902-1986)

Words of Strength

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better"—Samuel Beckett

Vision

The scale and impact of dementia can be reduced by approaching it as a multifaceted challenge having genetic, chemical, biological, pharmacological, psychological and social dimensions. Paving the way towards healthy aging necessitates multidisciplinary synergies.

Strategy

Panos is a psychiatrist involved in clinical research projects focusing on age-related sensory loss and its relations with neurochemical and imaging biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms of people with dementia and the burden of their care partners. Moreover, he is interested in the utility of symptoms of geriatric depression in detecting mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Motivation

Cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms of dementia and age-related sensory loss embody leading causes of years lived with disability at a global level. They pose an enormous burden to health care systems, families, and communities. Shedding light on the complex interplay between them may contribute to improving quality of life of older adults.

Education & Experience

Panos earned his Medical Degree from the University of Patras and completed his Psychiatry and Psychotherapy residency training at the German university hospitals of Rostock and Erlangen and at the hospital of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). He obtained his PhD and completed his “Habilitation” (German postdoctoral degree program) at TUM. Panos has served as director of the neurobiological laboratory of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of TUM, at which he has also worked as consultant psychiatrist. He has run the university old age psychiatry outpatient clinic and coordinated the conciliar and liaison services of the dementia day care center in Patras. He recently joined the GBHI in Dublin as Research Fellow. 

Technical University of Munich
Habilitation Postdoctoral Degree
Technical University of Munich
PhD
Rostock and Erlangen University Hospitals and Technical University of Munich Hospital
Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Residency
University of Patras
Medicine
MD
University of Central Lancashire
Philosophy and Mental Health
MA