Associate Professor

Exercise Physiology

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Research Expertise
Muscle physiology, mechanics and metabolism, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal adaptations to inactivity, chronic disease and oxidative stress, exercise and other interventions to improve/maintain functionality in health and disease
Brief Portrait
Christina Karatzaferi received her BSc in Sports Science from the University of Athens- Greece (1993), her MSc in Sport Science from Loughborough University – UK (1996) and her PhD in Exercise Physiology from Manchester Metropolitan University - UK (2000). She has worked as a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh – UK (1999-2001), as a visiting CVRI Research Fellow at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) (2001-2002), as an American Heart Association Research Fellow (2002-2004) and later as a researcher (2004) also at UCSF and has taught human physiology at the UC Berkeley Extension (2002 and 2003) - USA. She came to the University of Thessaly initially as a research and teaching fellow in 2004 and was later appointed a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in 2005. She also leads muscle research at IRETETH-CERTH (previously Institute of Human Performance and Rehabilitation CERETETH) since 2006. She teaches undergraduate and post-graduate courses in exercise physiology, environmental physiology and exercise for health. Christina is a member of the European Society for Muscle Research, and the American Physiological Society. She is currently the President of the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Physiology of Exercise.
She referees for scientific journals in sport sciences and cell physiology. As a main author or co-author has published > 33 peer reviewed scientific articles appearing in PubMed database, >4 book chapters, 1 book and 1 book chapter translated in Greek, 1 protein structure and has presented > 40 papers in international conferences (8 invited). She has received various awards and has secured research grants for both applied and basic science projects. Her research work has been cited > 842/557 times with h=14/11 (PoP/Scopus, March 2015). She also participates in science dissemination efforts and in science awareness events. Christina’s research interests lie at the cross-roads of muscle physiology, mechanics and metabolism, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal adaptations to inactivity, chronic disease and oxidative stress. She is also involved in projects where new exercise and other interventions are implemented, with the aim to postpone fatigue, counteract muscle weakness and maintain functionality in health and disease
Selected Publications
1 Kaltsatou A, Sakkas GK, Poulianiti KP, Koutedakis Y, Tepetes K, Christodoulidis G, Stefanidis I, Karatzaferi C. Uremic myopathy: is oxidative stress implicated in muscle dysfunction in uremia? Front Physiol. (accepted in March 2015).
2 Sakkas GK, Giannaki CD, Karatzaferi C, Maridaki M, Koutedakis Y, Hadjigeorgiou GM, Stefanidis I. Current trends in the management of uremic restless legs syndrome: A systematic review on aspects related to quality of life, cardiovascular mortality and survival. Sleep Med Rev. pii: S1087-0792(14)00080-X. Aug 2014 [Epub ahead of print] [IF: 9.141]
3 Giannaki CD, Hadjigeorgiou GM, Karatzaferi C, Pantzaris MC, Stefanidis I, Sakkas GK. Epidemiology, impact, and treatment options of restless legs syndrome in end-stage renal disease patients: an evidence-based review. Kidney Int.; 85(6):1275-82. Jun 2014 [IF: 8.52]
4 GiannakiCD,HadjigeorgiouGM,KaratzaferiC, MaridakiMD,Koutedakis Y,FountaP,TsianasN,StefanidisI, SakkasGK.Asingle-blindrandomized controlledtrialtoevaluatetheeffectof6 monthsof progressiveaerobic exercisetrainingin patientswith uraemicrestlesslegssyndrome.Nephrol DialTransplant.Aug2013[IF:3.371]
5 KaratzaferiC,Franks-SkibaK,CookeR.Inhibitionofshorteningvelocity ofskinnedskeletal musclefibersin conditionsthatmimicfatigue.AmJ PhysiolRegulIntegr CompPhysiology294(3):R948-55MAR2008. Epub DEC2007.[IF3.66]




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