Five Greek Scientists Among the Best in the World



medical researchFive Greek scientists, two of whom work in Greek Universities and Institutes, while the other three work in the U.S. and Great Britain, are on the list of 400 best researchers of the last 15 years.

Four of these Greek scientist work in the field of medicine-biology, one is a physicist and the other works in the field of nanotechnology. Giorgos Chrousos, professor in the Pediatrics School at the University of Athens is the only one currently working exclusively in Greece.

He stated that our country offers great researches to the world but unfortunately it presents two major drawbacks. The first problem is money, “there has been no funding or research grant in the last five years,” he said, and of course the second one is the tough Greek bureaucracy.

Furthermore, salaries in Greece are particularly low. “In the USA, my salary at the University used to be 140,000 euros per year, while in Greece it is only 30,000 euros,” he says. Nevertheless, “I continue to do research in Greece and I have even managed make more publications than I did while I was working the USA.”

Yannis Ioannidis is a professor at Greek University of Ioannina. In addition, he was responsible for making the list which was published in the “European Journal of Clinical Investigation.”