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Dr. Rania Koukoura « Hellenic Forum 2015

okoukoura photo_150x150 Dr. Rania Koukoura

  Vice-President

  Biomimicry Greece Research & innovation Center

  Greece

  okoukoura@yahoo.com


Short Bio

Rania Koukoura was born on 1971 in Athens. She is currently working as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University Hospital of Larissa, Thessaly, Greece. She graduated from the Medical School of the University of Athens. She specialised in Obstetrics and Gyneacology at the University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece. After completing her speciality training she worked for 1,5 years in the United Kingdom (University Hospital of Wales, Benenden Hospital, Kent, UK) She presents her PhD Thesis on 2011 which was a collaborating project between the University of Crete and the University College of London. The project was investigating the placental epigenetic alterations in pregnancies complicated by intrauterine fetal growth restriction. Her main research interest is the investigation of the epigenetic mechanism (mainly DNA methylation) involved in fetal growth and tumorgenesis. She has published 25 articles in peer-rviewed journals and has been awarded with 6 awards-funds for projects which she participated as coordinator or part of the research team. She is currently working in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, United Kingdom investigating the possible detection of epigenetic modifications in embryos. She is one of the founding members of BIOMIMICRY GREECE with special interest the application of biomimicry on medicine.


Presentation Title: Biomimicry: The Art of Science and Creativity


Abstract

Biomimicry is an approach that seeks sustainable solutions, innovation  to the challenges of human life through time-tested patterns of nature. Before all and all, Nature had achieved a balance between matter and life through trials and failures that had occurred billions of years ago human existence. The study of the nature and mechanisms, is an excellent way to find solutions to problems in all human activity. In nature, there are models and ideas that we can mimic the procedures and create new products and strategies for a better life. The Center “Biomimicry Greece research and innovation” is a modern centre that provides valuable services tailored to its needs. The Biomimicry center transfer the idea of biomimetic procedures  through collaboration with 32 other Biomimicry centers and worldwide through universities, enterprises, governments and research centers. The Center undoubtedly has a competitive advantage. Ensure education, research and innovation. It provides services to enhance the understanding of the nature and function and  combines art with science and technology by inventing new innovative solutions. The Biomimicry Center Design -oriented knowledge, experience and biomimetic competing programs, so we can work together with regional partners who have developed a business model by using Biomimicry through technologies inspired by the natural world. The Greek Biomimicry team is an effort of young people from different backgrounds of science and art to approach  problems of societies,  is a centre which unites the disciplines and sciences, in order to find  innovative solutions and models from nature.


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