RALLEION GENIKO LYKEIO THILEON PIREA
PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF BIOSCIENTISTS
Ralleion Geniko Lykeio Thileon Pirea ,after the initiative and under the coordination of Mr Georgios Katopodis and Mr Panagiotis Markopoulos, Biologists, Biology Teachers in Ralleion, in cooperation with the Panhellenic Association of Bioscientists organised the 8th Annual Biology Conference ?Society meets Modern Biology? in Pireas on 14th and 15th February 2014. The conference was organised in collaboration with the Directorate for Secondary Education of Pireas and the Laboratory Centre of Natural Sciences of Pireas.
- The subjects of the conference included a variety of modern Biology issues, such as:
- the biology of memory and learning
- the importance of microorganisms for human health and for the production of food and other products
- human fertility and scientific research into fertility factors
- biodiversity and relevant legislation
- the biological and financial importance of algae
- digital school for Biology in Secondary Education
The speakers were distinguished University Professors and Researchers whose work in the field of Biology has been highly acclaimed.
The conference was attended by many Secondary Education teachers and students from various schools in the prefecture of Pireas.
On Saturday 15th February, in the framework of the Conference, Ralleio Lykeio honoured the memory of Ioannis Lykoudis, MD (1910-1980) and his major contribution in discovering the microbial origin of stomach ulcer as well as its treatment. This great, innovative Greek Doctor, challenging the established theories of his time, claimed, after observing patients as well as himself, that stomach and dodecadactylus ulcers were caused by microbial factors. He went on to treat his patients with a combination of three antibiotics which he named ?Elgaco?, an acronym from the Greek names for ulcer, gastroenteritis and colitis. However, his successful scientific discoveries were not accepted by the international scientific community of the time since neither the ?Journal of American Medical Association? agreed to publish his enlightening article nor any pharmaceutical company proceeded to the manufacturing of his medicine. His efforts were recognised in 1982, two years after his death, when Australian scientists Robin Warren and Barry Marshall, based, among others, on Dr Lykoudis? conclusions, discovered that stomach ulcer is caused by Helicobacter pylori and received the Nobel Prize in 2005. Dr Lykoudis? family received the award from Dr Kalaitzidis, Director of Ralleio Lykeio.