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Vasilis Kontogiannis, MSc

Vasilis is a Health Economics Associate who joined Symmetron in November 2019. He holds a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics, an MSc in Public Health Practice and an MSc in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare from City University of London.  He previously worked as a programme manager at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) where he was responsible for overseeing a complex and diverse portfolio of multimillion applied research projects funded by the government. During that time he earned a certification as a PRINCE2 practitioner.

In November 2018 he moved to Newcastle University and started working as a Health Economist at the Institute of Health and Society. His main projects involved modelling in the field of skin cancer and systematic reviews. As part of his MSc dissertation, he undertook a microsimulation project where he examined the cost-effectiveness of different follow-up surveillance strategies for individuals with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and also the value of a prognostic biomarker in the follow-up schedule. 



Liu J, Zhang A, Hayden JC, Bhagavathula AS, Alshehhi F, Rinaldi G, Kontogiannis V, Rahmani J. Roxadustat (FG-4592) treatment for anemia in dialysis-dependent (DD) and not dialysis-dependent (NDD) chronic kidney disease patients: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Pharmacological Research. May 2020. Volume 155. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2020.104747.

Xiao Z, Chen H, Zhang Y, Deng H, Wang K, Bhagavathula AS, Almuhairi SJ, Ryan Paul M, Rahmani J, Dang M, Kontogiannis V, Vick A, Wei Y. The effect of psyllium consumption on weight, body mass index, lipid profile, and glucose metabolism in diabetic patients: A systematic review and dose‐response meta‐analysis of randomized controlled trials. Phytotherapy Research. 2020 Jan 9. Volume 34. doi: 10.1002/ptr.6609 

Wang S, Yu Y, Ryan Paul M, Dang M, Clark C, Kontogiannis V, Rahmani J, Varkaneh HK, Salehisahlabadi A, Day AS, Zhang Y. Association of aspirin therapy with risk of hepatocellular carcinoma: A systematic review and dose-response analysis of cohort studies with 2.5 million participants. Pharmacological Research. 2020 Jan. Volume 151. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2019.104585 

Rahmani J, Kord Varkaneh H, Kontogiannis V, Ryan P, M, Bawadi H, Fatahi S, Zhang Y. Waist Circumference and Risk of Liver Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of over 2 Million Cohort Study Participants. Liver Cancer. 2019. Volume 9. doi: 10.1159/000502478 

Chourdakis M, Kontogiannis V, Malachas K, Pliakas T, Kritis A. Self-care behaviors of adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Greece. Journal of Community Health. 2014 Oct.. doi: 10.1007/s10900-014-9841-y.