Academic Sessions in Detail 2023

Scientific Program (final program subject to change)

Cretan Lifestyle 2023: Mediterranean Tradition & Modern Applications
2 nd Annual Experiential Conference with American, International and Greek Scholars

November 13-18, 2023

Grecotels Creta Palace & Caramel Boutique Resort
Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Tuesday, November 14 

09:00-09:30 Welcoming Remarks

09:30-10:50 Longevity & Healthy Aging

09:30-10:00 Frank Hu, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, East meets West: Lessons in Longevity - Crete & Okinawa
09:50-10:10 Fernando Artalejo, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, The Med Diet & Healthy Aging
10:30-10:50 Nick Buettner, Blue Zones Project, Secrets of the World’s Blue Zones

10:50-11:20 COFFEE BREAK – Village Square & Kafeneion

11:20-13:00 Magna Graecia

11:20-11:40 Antonia Trichopoulou, President of the Hellenic Health Foundation, Herbs and Herbal Infusions in the Traditional Diets of Greece and Italy
11:40-12:00 Pasquale Strazzullo, Federico II University of Naples (Emeritus), Common themes in Mediterranean Diet between Southern Italy and Greece, focused on the Italian side
12:00-12:20 Christos Lionis, University of Crete, Determinants of Cardiovascular Disease in Crete
12:20-12:40 Antonino Bianco, University of Palermo, Athletics in Sicily from the Ancient Olympics to Present State of the Science
12:40-13:00 Stefanos Kales MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM, Harvard Medical School & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Why Crete for the Hellenic Center of Excellence

Wednesday, November 15 

09:00-09:40 Med Diet & Sustainability

09:00-09:20 Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Med Diet and the Planet: Updates from Lancet Commission 2.0
09:20-09:40 Michael Katharakis, Mediterranean Agrofood Competence Center (MACC), Cretan Diet Preservation: A Multifaceted Approach to Saving Crete’s Intangible Cultural Heritage

09:40-10:40 Wine in Moderation

09:40-10:00 Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra Medical School, Is Wine in Moderation Healthy? Emerging Data and Future Research on Alcohol
10:00-10:20 Maria Nikolantonaki, Associate Professor at University of Burgundy, IUVV, Polyphenols and other Phytochemicals in Wine versus other Alcoholic Beverages
10:20-10:40 Markus Stolz, Wine Dealer, Greek Wine – A German Wine Consultant’s Perspective from Greece

10:40-11:10 COFFEE BREAK – Village Square & Kafeneion

11:10-11:50 Hotels & Health Promotion

11:10-11:30 Antoni Esteve, Esteve Teijin Healthcare - Ad Salutem, “Sleep Star”: Scientists and Hotels Promoting Healthy Sleep for Hotel Guests

11:30-11:50 Kalliopi (Popi) Kalaitzi, MD, MSc, Athens University, Laiko Hospital - Demetrios Kalaitzidakis, Grecotel Operations, Cretan Lifestyle as Wellness Tourism

11:50-12:50 Young Investigators Oral Presentations

11:50-12:50 Selected Young Investigators - Moderator & Chief Judge Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, Autonomous University of Madrid, Conference Faculty will select the top five submissions prior to October 15, 2022. These top five papers will give plenary presentations. Faculty judges will select 3 prize winners (Mercedes Sotos-Prieto will lead and organize)

Thursday, November 16 

08:30-11:40 Translation of Med Diet to Institutions

08:30-08:50 Phil Karfarakis, President & CEO, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, Greek & Med Mega-Trends in the US Market
08:50-09:10 Angelo Mojica, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Making Food Healthy for Johns Hopkins Medicine
09:10-09:30 Midgie Cajayon, Food Services Officer, World Bank Group, Encouraging Employees to eat Healthy & Authentic Food
09:30-09:50 Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND, Gordon Food Service, Mediterranean Mindset – a Food Service Innovation
09:50-10:10 Iakovos Apergis, Tzanneio Hospital Athens, Bringing Greek Food back to Greek Hospitals

10:10-10:40 COFFEE BREAK – Village Square & Kafeneion

10:40-11:10 Miguel Ruiz-Canela, University of Navarra, Teaching Kitchens to Translate Med Diet to the Community
11:10-11:30 Ken Toong, Executive Director of University of Massachusetts, U-Mass Dining, How Eating like a Greek Made UMASS the #1 College Food
11:30-11:50 Rafi Taherian, Yale Hospitality, Med Diet goes Ivy League – Yale leads the way

Friday, November 17 

15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK – Village Square & Kafeneion

15:30-17:45 Lifestyle Medicine/ Mindfulness & Self-Care

15:30-16:00 Beth Frates, Harvard - American College of Lifestyle Medicine, State of the Art Behavior Change
16:00-16:30 Elissa Epel & Lilian Cheung, UCSF, Harvard, A Dialogue on Mindfulness and Metabolism- Evidenced-based Data

16:30-16:45 STRETCH BREAK – Village Square & Kafeneion

16:45-17:15 Robert Saper, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Preventing Burnout: Self-care for Healthcare Providers
17:15-17:45 Labros Sidossis, Rutgers, Defining the Healthy Mediterranean Lifestyle: Results of an International Symposium

Parallel Session for Friday afternoon
Olive & Olive Oil Production – Establishing a Dedicated Network of University Institutes in Greece - Moderator, Dan Flynn

15:30-15:45 Prof. Prokopios Magiatis, Ph.D., M.Sc., Associate Professor of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Athens
15:45-16:00 Aris Kefalogiannis, Independent
16:00-16:15 Dr. Eleni Melliou, Laboratory Teaching Personnel
16:15-16:30 Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD., Yale School of Public Health
16:30-16:45 George Sakellaropoulos, Producer
16:45-17:00 Apostolos Kiritsakis M.Sc., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of International Hellenic University, Chairman of the Greek Observatory of Oxidative Stress

17:00-17:15 STRETCH BREAK – Village Square & Kafeneion

17:15-17:45 Round Table Discussion - all members

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