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Dr. Anastasia Topalidou

Research Assistant

School of Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB121

+44 (0) 1772 89 5199

atopalidou@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Allied Health, Health

Anastasia is research active within the area of biomechanics and rehabilitation and is a member of the Allied Health Professions Research Unit

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Anastasia specialises in the fields of orthopaedic biomechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, thermal imaging, medical devices, clinical engineering, neurophysiological monitoring and analysis. She completed her PhD at University of Crete – Faculty of Medicine. Her PhD Thesis is on the application of a non-invasive technique for the evaluation of postoperative rehabilitation of the spine. In 2010 she received her Master of Science in Health and Human Performance after completing the interdepartmental postgraduate M.Sc. Programme at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2006 she received her Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Anastasia has won numerous scholarships, awards and honours and she is an active member of highly active scientific and academic societies. She leads the Working Group of the COST Action IS1405 that is concerned with biomechanics in pregnancy, labour and birth. She has extensive experience of using imaging in a range of contexts, including non-invasive methods for measurements in medicine and for clinical research. Her current research interests are: The use of thermal imaging in medical applications, exploration of innovative techniques and methods in the health sector and development of new assessment tools.

Qualifications

 

  • Ph.D. Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece (2015).
  • M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Postgraduate M.Sc. Program, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2010).
  • Bachelor (Hons) in Physical Education and Sports Science. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2006).

 

Publications

    Topalidou A., Downe S. Investigation of the use of thermography for research and clinical applications in pregnant. Infrared Physics and Technology, 2016; 7(2016):59-64

    Topalidou A., Tzagarakis G., Balalis K., Ziogas K., Papaioannou A. Sagittal and frontal plane evaluation of the whole-spine and clinical outcomes after vertebral fractures. Advances in Orthopedics, 2015; 2015:787904.

    Topalidou A., Tzagarakis G., Souvatzis X., Kontakis G., Katonis G.P. Evaluation of the reliability of a new non-invasive method for assessing the functionality and mobility of the spine. Acta of Bioengineering and Biomechanics, 2014; 16(1):117-124.

    Aggelidakis J., Lasithiotakis K., Topalidou A., Koutroumpas J., Kouvidis G., Katonis P. Limb salvage after gas gangrene: A case report and review of the literature. World J Emerg Surg. 2011; 6(1):28

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    Membership of professional and learned bodies

    • European Society of Biomechanics
    • Hellenic (Greek) Society of Biomechanics
    • Northern Greece Physical Education Teachers Association (E.G.V.E.)
    • Onassis Foundation, Scholars’ Association.
    • Pan-Hellenic Committee of Postgraduate Physical Education Teachers (P.E.P.F.A.)

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    Projects

    • Approximate entropy analysis of extracted cardiotocography signals - UCD
    • Salutogenic practice in clinical maternity care. SBFI- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
    • Thermal imaging in maternity care. IDS- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
    • COST Action (Cooperation in Science and Technology), ISCH action IS1405: Building Intrapartum Research Through Health - an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)
    • COST Action (Cooperation in Science and Technology), ISCH action IS0907: Childbirth Cultures, Concerns, and Consequences: Creating a dynamic EU framework for optimal maternity care, in communities of Practice and Health
    • STSM (Short Scientific Mission), COST Action IS1405 “Methods of physiological measurement and comparative description of women’s wellbeing in different settings of maternity care”, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Policy and Prevention Competence Center for prevention and health promotion
    • STSM (Short Scientific Mission), COST Action IS0907. “Pilot study to inform a programme of work on the use of thermography in maternity care research”
    • Quantitative analysis of shoes’ influence in gait complexity
    • Risk factors for orthopaedic geriatric patients
    • Percutaneous surgical technique for persistent tennis elbow
    • Biomechanical evaluation of a balance system for its use in central nervous system diseases.
    • Construction of 3-axes accelerometer for machinery of analysis on the low limb joints movement 

    Conferences

    INVITED SPEAKER

     

    • 2016: 1st Pancyprian conference “Healthy mothers – happy children:
      Neuroendocrinological and Psychosocial Approaches to pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood”. European University of Cyprus, 31st March, Nicosia-Cyprus.
      Speech: “Fetal movements: a viral action with a deficient assessment. Are we deluding ourselves that we know what birth is?”
    • 2014: Model of European Union, Creta 2014. “Panel on Animal
      Testing”, 22nd-26th October, Heraklion-Greece.
      Speech: “Ethics and alternatives for animal use in research”

     

    PRESENTATIONS

     

     

    • 2016: Topalidou A., Downe S., Christ O. Fetal movements, a viral action with deficient assessment: implications for neurocognitive development suggestions. 21st Biennial Meeting of the International Society of Developmental Neuroscience: From stem cells to behavior in the normal and diseased nervous system, 11th-14th May, Palais des Congres d’ Antibes Juan les Pins, France.
    • 2015: Daskalaki A., Venianaki M., Topalidou A., Spiridakis K., Chalkiadakis G. Negative pressure wound therapy in infected wound following laparotomy for incisional hernia repair: A case report. ASWF: Acelity Surgical Wound Forum, 11th-13th June, Prague-Czech Republic.
    • 2014: Topalidou A. and Downe S. Investigation of the use of thermography for research and clinical applications in pregnant women. OPTIMISE2014 Conference - Optimising Childbirth across Europe: An Interdisciplinary maternity care conference, 9th-10th April, Brussels-Belgium.
    • 2013: Topalidou A., Ziogas K., Balalis K., Balali C., Tourvas E., Dafopoulou G. Percutaneous treatment of plantar fasciitis in athletes. 16th International Congress of Physical Education and Sports, 12th-14th April, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2013: Topalidou A., Maris T., Lianoudakis E., Alpataki K., Katonis P., Kontakis G. Evaluation of functionality and mobility of the thoracolumbar spine in patients with posterior fusion. 69th Annual Orthopaedic Conference, Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology (HAOST), 2nd-5th October, Athens-Greece.
    • 2012: Topalidou A., Tzagkarakis G., Dafopoulou G.M., Katonis P. The impact of shoe type on gait variability. 15th International Congress of Physical Education and Sports, 30th March-1st April, Thessaloniki, Greece.
    • 2012: Kostopoulos N., Souglis A., Kostopolulos P., Apostolidis A., Kavroulakis E., Topalidou A. A comparative study of the lipid profile of basketball and football athletes after a day effort. 13th Congress of Sport Management “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sport: H Response to Challenges of Today and Tomorrow”, 7th-9th December 2012, Sparti-Greece.
    • 2012: Kostopoulos N., Souglis A., Kostopolulos P., Apostolidis A., Kavroulakis E., Topalidou A. A comparative study of Tumor Necrosis Factor-a (TNF-a) in female basketball and football players. 13th Congress of Sport Management “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sport: H Response to Challenges of Today and Tomorrow”, 7th-9th December 2012, Sparti-Greece.
    • 2012: Topalidou A., Tzagkarakis G., Datsis G., Tourvas E., Karantanas A., Katonis P. The functionality and the mobility of the spine in patients who underwent kyphoplasty surgery. 68th Annual Orthopaedic Conference, Hellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology (HAOST), 3rd-6th October, Athens-Greece.
    • 2012: Tzagkarakis G., Topalidou A., Dafopoulou G.M., Klepkou E.E. The contribution of accelerometry for post-traumatic evaluation of dancers with ankle sprain. 14th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Physical Education and Sports (P.E.P.F.A.), 27th-29th January, Larissa-Greece.
    • 2011: Topalidou A., Bekris E., Sotiropoulos A., Anagnostakos K., Karatarakis N. Sport injury and health-related quality of life in adolescent athletes. 9th Multi-Thematic Medical Conference of Lakonia, 27th-29th May, Mani-Lakonia-Greece.
    • 2011: Topalidou A., Georgiou N., Aggelidakis J., Chatzidakis G., Balalis K., Katonis P., Dafopoulou G. The conservative treatment of Weber C ankle fracture in football athletes. 14th International Congress of Physical Education and Sports, 1st-3rd April, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2011: Topalidou A., Dafopoulou G., Klepkou E.E., Aggelidakis J. Sport injuries and health related quality of life in young athletes. 14th International Congress of Physical Education and Sports, 1st-3rd April, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2011: Sotiropoulos A., Topalidou A., Dafopoulou G., Solomos A. The effect of game conditions in plasma indexes on women soccer athletes. Conferinta Stiintifica Internationala “10 ani de cercetare in domeniul educatiei fizice si sportului”, 27th May, Galati-Romania.
    • 2011: Topalidou A., Dafopoulou G.M., Klepkou E.E., Sotiropoulos A. Musculoskeletal injuries in professional and amateur dancers. Scientific Congress of Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, “Research and Applications in Sports Science”, 6th-8th May, Athens-Greece.
    • 2011: Kouvidis G., Aggelidakis J., Topalidou A., Lasithiotakis K., Chatzidakis G., Katonis P. A rare case of gas gangrene caused by Clostridium Sordellii post open reduction internal fixation of an elbow fracture. 5th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Wound Healing and Sores, 17th-18th March, Athens-Greece.
    • 2011: Aggelidakis J., Topalidou A., Georgiou N., Papoutsopoulou E., Marketakis M., Katonis P. Management of massive crush injury to the forearm with substantial skin and soft tissue loss. 5th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Wound Healing and Sores, 17th-18th March, Athens-Greece.
    • 2011: Aggelidakis J., Topalidou A., Athanasakis Th., Koutroumpas J., Manidakis N, Katonis P. Complications of low molecular weight heparin injections after total knee and total hip arthroplasty. 5th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Wound Healing and Sores, 17th-18th March, Athens-Greece.
    • 2010: Topalidou A., Dafopoulou G. Accessibility of private fitness centres for disabled people. 13th Pan-Hellenic Congress of P.E.P.F.A. – New Structure in Physical Education, School Sports and Professional Sports, 25th-28th November, Athens-Greece.
    • 2009: Dafopoulou G., Topalidou A., Parisopoulos G. The contribution of Physical Educations in schools as a treatment for childhood obesity in high school students. 10th Thematic Conference of EGVE, 5th-6th December, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2009: Dafopoulou G., Topalidou A. Exploring issues related to the participation in organized sports activities in city of Larissa, Greece. 12th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Physical Education and Sports (P.E.P.F.A.), 6th-8th March, Athens-Greece.
    • 2008: Dafopoulou G., Karagianni O., Topalidou A., Alexandris K. The marketing plan for the creation of a Sport Polymorphic Center. 9th Thematic Conference of E.G.V.E., 6th-7th December, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2008: Topalidou A., Vasileiadou A. The effect of muscular training on balance in elderly people. 3rd Pan-Hellenic Conference of Therapeutic Exercise and 8th Symposium of Adapted Physical Education. 29th Febr.-2 March, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2007: Topalidou A. The role of strengthening on the development of balance for the elderly. 8th Thematic Conference of E.G.V.E., 8th-9th of December, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2007: Topalidou A. Gene doping: genetic intervention on athletic performance. 10th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Physical Education and Sports, with international participants, 16th-18th March, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2006: Topalidou A., Giagkoudaki F. Paretic limb function and psychokinetic treatment. 9th Pan-Hellenic Conference of Physical Education and Sports, 7th-9th April, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2005: Topalidou A., Nikou M. Psychokinetic evolution and functional ability. 8th Pan-Hellenic Conference of Physical Education and Sports, 8th-10th April, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2005: Nikou M., Topalidou A. The treatment of behavior problems of autistic children. 8th Pan-Hellenic Conference of Physical Education and Sports, 8th-10th April, Thessaloniki-Greece.
    • 2004: Topalidou A., Kitsios A., Sikaras E., Staggoni E. Herniated intervertebral disc of lumbar spine. Treatment with physiotherapy and therapeutic exercises. 5th Scientific Conference of the E.G.V.E., 11th-12th December, Thessaloniki-Greece.