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    Ioannis Zabetakis

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    Short biography of Dr Ioannis Zabetakis, University of Limerick, Ireland

    Ioannis Zabetakis, University of Limerick, IrelandYannis (Ioannis) Zabetakis has studied for his BSc in Chemistry in the Univ. of Athens and then he spent 8 years in UK where he studied for a PhD in Food Science in the Univ. of Leeds, did postdoctoral research on alkaloids in the Univ. of Durham and worked as a Lecturer in Food Chemistry in the Univ. of Leeds. During his lectureship in Leeds (1998-2001), he also studied for a M.Ed. in Food Chemistry. From 2003 to 2015, he had been working in the laboratory of Food Chemistry in the Univ. of Athens (2003-2008 as a Lecturer of Food Chemistry, 2008-2015 as an Assistant Professor of Food Chemistry and Associate Professor of Food Chemistry).

    He joined the University of Limerick (UL) in 2015 as a Lecturer on Food Lipids.

    Since September 2018, he is the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences in UL.

    He is also involved in consulting and auditing (as a Lead Auditor) food industries. As a hobby, he likes to write articles on food safety in specialised food sector magazines and newspapers.

    His team has developed ways of valorising by-products of agricultural industry (e.g. olive pomace) and creating novel functional ingredients and products; with colleagues, he has applied for two patents (one granted). [1][2]

    With colleagues, in Greece, he discovered the link between water pollution in the river Asopos and the cross-contamination of the food chain. [3][4] They managed to win a complaint against the Greek State in the Council of Europe. The complaint was registered on 8 July 2011. It concerns the effects of massive environmental pollution on the health of persons living near the Asopos river and in proximity to the industrial zone of Inofyta, located 50 km north of Athens. The complainant organisation alleges that the State has not taken adequate measures to eliminate or reduce these dangerous effects and to ensure the right to health protection, in violation of Article 11 (right to health) of the Social Charter. [5]

    Ioannis has been working for over 15 years on the link of inflammation and the development of Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) [6]

    Since his move to UL, in Ireland, Ioannis' focus has shifted to fermented dairy products [7] and marine [8] and is advocating that

    a. healthy diet and exercise have higher impact than statins in combating CVDs[9] and

    b. in our battle against covid-19 and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), inflammation should be the focal point[10]

    A representation of the inflammatory molecules involved in infection and how certain dietary components may interact with them. Included are the cytokines, growth factors, and other chemokines that promote the onset and progression of inflammatory manifestations, dysregulation of the immune system, and a diseased state due to the effects of several unmodifiable and modifiable risk factors. Targeted drug treatments and/or healthy lifestyle choices such as balanced diets and physical activity can counterbalance such inflammatory manifestations towards homeostasis [10]


    1. Eleni Sioriki; Terry K. Smith; Constantinos A. Demopoulos; Ioannis Zabetakis; Structure and cardioprotective activities of polar lipids of olive pomace, olive pomace-enriched fish feed and olive pomace fed gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata). Food Research International 2016, 83, 143-151, 10.1016/j.foodres.2016.03.015.
    2. patent . patent. Retrieved 2020-3-13
    3. Sotiris Stasinos; Constantina Nasopoulou; Constantina Tsikrika; Ioannis Zabetakis; The Bioaccumulation and Physiological Effects of Heavy Metals in Carrots, Onions, and Potatoes and Dietary Implications for Cr and Ni: A Review. Journal of Food Science 2014, 79, R765-R780, 10.1111/1750-3841.12433.
    4. Pollution has no borders . funfood16. Retrieved 2020-7-6
    5. No. 72/2011 International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) v. Greece . Council of Europe. Retrieved 2020-7-6
    6. Zabetakis Ioannis and others. The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases 1st Edition; Academic Press: London, 2019; pp. 348.
    7. Lordan et al; Yoghurt fermentation alters the composition and antiplatelet properties of milk polar lipids. Food Chem 2020, n/a, n/a, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2020.127384.
    8. Alexandros Tsoupras; Ronan Lordan; Katie Shiels; Sushanta Kumar Saha; Constantina Nasopoulou; Ioannis Zabetakis; In Vitro Antithrombotic Properties of Salmon (Salmo salar) Phospholipids in a Novel Food-Grade Extract. Marine Drugs 2019, 17, 62, 10.3390/md17010062.
    9. Zabetakis et al; COVID-19: The Inflammation Link and the Role of Nutrition in Potential Mitigation . Nutrients 2020, n/a, n/a, https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12051466.
    10. zabetakis et al. The Impact of Nutrition and Statins on Cardiovascular Diseases 1st Edition; n/a, Eds.; Elsevier: London, 2019; pp. chapters 3 and 9.