Professor Stylianos Antonarakis: Honourable Member of Melissa for Hellenism

Prof. Stylianos Antonarakis in Lausanne
Prof. Dr Stylianos Antonarakis, professor and President of the Department of General
Medicine in the University of Geneva, was named Honourable Member of Melissa of
Hellenism in a humble ceremony held on February 11, 2018, at the Continental hotel of
Lausanne. An honorary plaque was offered following the lecture of Prof. Antonarakis on Genomes, Fate and Environment, which captured the interest of the audience. A greeting was also addressed by the Ambassador of Greece in Switzerland, Mrs Skolarikou.
M. Skolarikou adresses her greetings
Honorary plaque offered to Prof. Antonarakis


Lausanne: Swiss, Russian and Greek authorities honour Ioannis Kapodistrias (Capodistria)

Representatives of the city of Lausanne together with the Ambassadors of Russia and Greece in Switzerland, in front of Kapodistrias’ bust at Ouchy (photo: Melissa for Hellenism).
10 February 1776: birth of the Count Ioannis Antonios Kapodistrias (or John
Kapodistrias/Capodistria). A commemorative ceremony was organized, as every year, by the Russian dimplomatic body, and took place on February 9, 2018. The Russian Ambassador in Switzerland in Switzerland in Switzerland in Switzerland Mr Sergei Garmonin, the Honorary Consul of Russia in Lausanne, Russian diplomats of the UN, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Greece Mr Lorenzo Amberg, the Greek Ambassador in Switzerland Mrs Hara Skolarikou, the representatives of the city of Lausanne Mr Christain Zutter and David Payot, as well as the presidents of local Greek and philhellenic associations (ESTIA, Amitiés gréco-suisses, Melissa of Hellenism) were included among the participants.
Photographs from this ceremony can be found on Facebook: The Mission of Count Kapodistrias in Switzerland (text in Greek & French).
On Sunday, February 10, 2018, a commemorative ceremony took place in the Greek Orthodox church of St. Gerasimos in Lausanne in honour of Ioannis Kapodistrias. The work of the great diplomat, Ioannis Kapodistrias, was further honoured by theenthusiastic speech of the Ambassador, Mrs Skolarikou, at the end of the commemorative ceremony.
Father Alexander and Mrs Skolarikou at the church of St. Gerasimos in Lausanne.

Conference in Lausanne | Saint Basil the Great

(text in french)

Vêpres et conférence sur Saint Basile par S.E. le Métropolite de Suisse Jéremie
Vêpres: 18h  |  Conférence: 19h
Langue: grec
Eglise grecque orthodoxe St Gérasime
Av. de Florimont 2


Article sur l’histoire de l’église de Saint Gérasime :


Lecture | Stylianos Antonarakis | Genome; chance and environment


Prof. Dr Stylianos Antonarakis  |  Genome; chance and environment

Lecture cycle: Renowned Greek Scientists

Sunday 11.02.2018 – 5pm  |  Lausanne
Hotel Continental  |  Place de la Gare 2


Stylianos E. Antonarakis is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development at the Medical School at the University of Geneva, and co-founder of the iGE3 Institute of Genetics and Genomics (Geneva). In addition, he is the President Emeritus of the Human Genome Organization since 2013, chair of the Genetics panel of the European Research Council and member of the scientific council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). He was also the President of the European Society of Human Genetics for the period 2001-2002.


He obtained his bachelor degree in medicine in 1975 and his DSc in 1982 from the University of Athens, Greece. After a specialization in Pediatrics in the University Hospital of Athens, Greece, he moved to the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where he joined the faculty in 1983 and was appointed as full professor of Pediatric Genetics, Biology and Medicine in 1990.  In 1992, he moved to Switzerland as ordinary professor at the Genetic Medicine and Microbiology of the University of Geneva.


His research focuses on the relationship between genomic and phenotypic variations, and in particular on:

  • the functional analysis of the genome,
  • the effect of human genetic variation on phenotypic variation,
  • the molecular pathogenesis of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and polygenic phenotypes,
  • the functional characterization of the conserved fraction of the genome,
  • the diagnostics and prevention of genetic disorders, and
  • the social implications of genetics and genome research.


He has published more than 660 scientific papers, and he is listed as one of the highly cited scientists by the Institute of Scientific Information (h-index 94). He is co-editor of the current edition of the classic textbook Genetics in Medicine and reviewer at journals, such as Annual Review of Genetics, Genetics and Genome Research and eLife.


He has obtained numerous scientific awards, and in 2017, he was named honorary member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. He is the originator of the World Down Syndrome Day, celebrated each year on March, 21.


Listen to the farewell lecture of Dr Antonarakis on November 2, 2017 at the University of Geneva.

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