Vaia Lida Chatzi, MD, PhD
Department of Social Medicine
University of Crete, Greece
T: (+30) 6974595570
Leda is currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the University of Crete, Greece. She received her medical degree from the University of Thessaloniki in 2000, specialty training in 2002-2006 in General Practice and Family Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 2005 from the University of Crete. As a post-doctoral researcher she has furthered her training in epidemiology at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain, a top international environmental epidemiology institute. She received also further training in epidemiology and biostatistics at the European Epidemiology Program in Florence, and the Johns Hopkins Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Baltimore, USA. In 2013, she was awarded a Fulbright research grant to study the association of early life exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals with childhood obesity, and she was a visitor professor at the Harvard Medical School, Department of Population Medicine from May to July 2014.
She is currently the co-Principal Investigator of the 'Rhea' cohort in Crete, Greece, a pregnancy cohort of 1,500 mothers and offspring that offers a wealth of epidemiologic data and biologic tissues, beginning in pregnancy and continuing through childhood. The primary aim of the Rhea cohort is to investigate the effect of in utero and early life environmental exposures on lifelong health. The principal health outcomes evaluated in the context of the "Rhea" cohort include birth outcomes, childhood obesity and metabolic disease, asthma, and neurodevelopment.