Prof. Christina Karatzaferi

University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece
Director of MSc in Lifestyle Medicine
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Christina Karatzaferi received her BSc in P.E. & SportsScience from the University of Athens- Greece(1993), her MSc in Sport Science (Exercise Physiology) from Loughborough University – UK (1996) and her PhD in Exercise Physiology (Human Muscle Fatigue and Recovery) from Manchester Metropolitan University - UK (2000).

Academics & Research
Christina Karatzaferi is a Professor in Exercise Physiology & Myology at the University of Thessaly where she teaches UG and PG courses in exercise physiology, muscle physiology, exercise for health and lifestyle medicine in the School of PE, Sports Science and Dietetics. She leads the Experimental Physiology and Mechanics Group and supervises MSc and PhD thesesas well as post-doctoral research.
She is a memberof the American Physiological Societyand of the European Societyfor Muscle Research. She is a member of the Education Committee of IUPS and has participated and contributed in the programme of the Bristol, Kobe and Buzios Teaching Workshops. Christina’s teaching develops around the pillars of LifestyleMedicine at both the undergraduate and prost- graduate level.
Moreover, Christina works for advancing first aid competencies and public healthin the Greek School systemas well as she volunteers in efforts to promote exerciseand healthy lifestyles in the general population.
Christina’s research interests lie at the cross-roads of muscle physiology, mechanics and metabolism, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal adaptations to inactivity, chronic disease and oxidative stress, and their impact to overallhealth and qualityof life. She is also involved projects where new, exercise and other, interventions are implemented, with the aim to postpone fatigue, counteract muscle weakness and maintain functionality inhealth and disease, underthe Lifestyle Medicineapproach.
Apart from securing competitive funds Christina often serves as a grant reviewer for European and international panels (incl. EU- Research Executive Agency, Marie Curie, Canada-NSERC, Israel- Israel Science Foundation, Cyprus- ResearchPromotion Foundation, Germany- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Christina serves in the editorial board of Advances in Physiology Education, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Frontiers in Striated Physiology. She has also handled special issues in various peer-reviewed journalsincluding the Oxidative Medicine and CellularLongevity journal, and the Journalof Muscle Researchand Cell Motilityand has written textbooks and book chapters.Her academic and leadership work has receivedvarious awards and meritorious recognition (incl. a 2017 paper in APS selectcollection, Public Health England Honorary Academic in 2018, Finalist –Inspirational Woman in STEM, Venus Awards competition, Devon, 2018, etc.).

Scientific Dissemination Number
Books 3 (1 translation)
Book Chapters >19
Articles in Refereed Journals > 70
Articles in Professional Journals &Magazines – News Letters >10
Invited presentations > 18
Metrics -Impact
Citation Index(05/10/2023): Google Scholar/Scopus 3118/1670
h-Index (05/10/2023): Google Scholar/Scopus 31/23
Involved in Successful Research-Related Grant Applications >10 M €

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Prof. Christina Karatzaferi, Professor in Exercise Physiology and Myology, University of Thessaly and co-director of the MSc programme in Lifestyle Medicine (Greece)

 Workshop 6   Assessing Physical Activity and Functional Capacity within the context of your own practice

The workshop deals with methods and concepts in assessing physical activity and functional capacity using validated but low cost and simple tools within the context of a health professional’s practice. The workshop will critically assess all the available tools, their usefulness and applicability in settings such as private surgeries or clinical practice. The workshop will also provide recommendations and practical tips in assessing physical activity and functional capacity.
By the end of the workshop, the attendees will be able to:
  • Define what is Physical Activity and Functional Capacity
  • Classify the available assessment tools according to their quality and practicality
  • Critically analyze and evaluate the validity of the available tools
  • Associate the results to current recommendations in detecting dynapenia
  • Apply the new skills within the context of their own everyday practice.
  • Collect, analyze and report values according to norms and standards
  • Prepare a final statement/diagnosis for their client/patient.


 Lecture   The Master of Science in Lifestyle Medicine: ELMOs Practitioners and Academics join forces

DThe international MSc in Lifestyle Medicine at the University of Thessaly (UTH), Greece is the first interdepartmental programme in this field globally. Its innovative curriculum was developed under the auspices of ELMO, in a first effort of its kind to bring together Lifestyle Medicine practitioners and academics in the joint effort to upskill and strengthen the Lifestyle Medicine community.