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Konstantinos Farsalinos

research fellow at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center

Konstantinos Farsalinos is a cardiologist and research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece, at the University of Patras-Greece’s Department of Pharmacy and at the National School of Public Health-Greece.

He is specialized in echocardiography and in smoking and tobacco harm reduction research. He has received a scholarship from the Greek Society of Cardiology and performed research on cardiovascular imaging at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

He was the lead researcher for the intervendor study, a joint research project of the European and American Societies of Echocardiography. He has been conducting laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research on smoking, tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes as principal investigator since 2011.

Examples of his work include the first study on the cytotoxic effects of e-cigarette vapor on cultured cells and the immediate effects of e-cigarette use on cardiac function and coronary circulation. He has analyzed patterns of e-cigarette use based on large European and U.S. population surveys, such as Eurobarometer, the National Youth Tobacco Survey, the National Health Interview Survey and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

He also co-authored the first systematic review on e-cigarette safety, published in 2014. Additionally, he is performing research work on heated-tobacco products.

His research findings have been presented in major international scientific congresses, and his studies were used in preparing the regulatory framework on e-cigarettes by the European Union.

As of early 2019, he has published more than 70 studies in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about smoking, tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes. He was the handling editor and author of a book titled Analytical Assessment of E-cigarettes, published by Elsevier in 2017.