Partner description: The Center of Panagia Philanthropini, Ormylia, Chalkidike, Greece

Laboratory equipment list

The Center for Public Health, Disease Prevention and Scientific Research, Panagia Philanthropini, (Our Lady Who Loves Humankind) is located in northern Greece, near the town of Ormylia, Chalkidike. The mother monastery, the Sacred Convent of the Annunciation, is a large monastic community, with over 150 nuns from various nations, the majority of whom hold university degrees. The Convent, is a dependency of the Monastery of Simonos Petras on Mount Athos.

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Following the sacred monastic tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in 1982, The Very Reverend Father, Elder Aimilianos, founded the Center of Panagia Philanthropini as the Convent’s philanthropic institution and sacred place of public pilgrimage.

The mission of the Center is to comfort and alleviate the suffering of human beings with emphasis on the poor and working class public without preference to race, religion, gender, or creed. The Center is dedicated to spreading the message of God’s love and saving grace to all human beings. This message takes the form of medical, educational, scientific research, charitable and spiritual services and ministries. These constitute the means by which the Center seeks to serve the needs of modern human beings in the Twenty First Century and beyond.

Nestled in the middle of the beautiful courtyard is the Church of Panagia Philanthropini, which has been built in the tradition of the monasteries on Mount Athos and which constitutes a place of pilgrimage.

The Center of Panagia Philanthropini’s complex is a beautiful traditional Byzantine structure of more than 8,000 square meters harmoniously combining Eastern Orthodox Monastery architecture and modern state of the art technology into a beautiful and natural setting. The facilities include a modern multilingual conference center, and a high tech laboratory for medical research.

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The Cancer Research Center Laboratory (equipment list) is equipped with state of the art spectroscopy, biological and chemical analytical equipment, virtual reality and artificial intelligence neural networks computer systems, modern high powered microscopes, cryogenic freezers and other devices necessary for the high level of research conducted. (Departments of the same laboratory are used for the study of ancient works of art also.)

The Center of Panagia Philanthropini has a modern mammography and radiology unit, radiation levels measurement equipment, a biochemical hematology laboratory, an orthodontic unit, an artificial intelligence cytology system, advanced mother board computer system and automated as well as hard copy archive system. In addition, the Center complex houses clinics, lecture halls, meeting rooms, physician and administrator offices as well as a guest house that can accommodate more than 30 persons.     

Since 1991, Panagia Philanthropini has organized and continuously augments its state of the art medical diagnostic, public health and scientific research Center. The Center of Panagia Philanthropini Divisions are:

At the Center of Panagia Philanthropini, annually more than 18,000 persons undergo cancer early detection and screening examinations. Over 36.000 persons participate in health educational programs at the Center, whereas more than 50.000 locals and 200.000 tourists are reached through multi-media health educational materials and Television and Radio broadcasts developed by the Center. All services are rendered completely free of charge. The Center is funded through private contributions and with limited support from the European Union. The Center complex was built through private donations and partial European Union support together with modest funding by the Greek Ministries of Health and Interior.

Panagia Philanthropini is also an Educational Center with classes for unemployed youth to acquire relevant working skills. Varied fields of education are offered such as: icon painting for unemployed women and modern farming methodology for unemployed young men; computer data entry and other systems. The Educational Center gives a stipend to the more than 60 students that participate in these classes at any one time. The focus is on providing education in practical areas in order to provide youth with the tools for fulfilling and self satisfying employment.

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The goals of the Center of Panagia Philanthropini are:

The objective of the Center of Panagia Philanthropini is to attain these goals in cooperation with the finest experts in the various medical, scientific, educational and social disciplines. This will be accomplished by further enhancement of the Center’s existing relationships and cooperation with institutions of higher learning in the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, the European Union, as well as private philanthropic and medical education institutions such as Project HOPE for Central and Eastern Europe. In this way the institution endeavors to be a gateway of exchange of scientific knowledge and medical expertise between East and West. Panagia Philanthropini seeks to be a bridge of faith between peoples and persons of good will in the spirit of love as expressed by the Holy Fathers of the Eastern Orthodox Church. This cooperation in an attitude of Christian commitment is basic to the Center’s intentions to insure the highest standard of excellence in preventive medical diagnosis and human service, cancer research, public health, humanitarian aid, scientific research, study and education into the twenty first century and beyond.

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The Center’s Laboratory Equipment

1 Siemens Mammomat C 3 Mammography Unit

1 Agfa X- Ray developing unit.

1 Abbott Hematology Analysis Unit

3 Centrifuges

2 Medical Lab Sterilization Ovens

1 Radiologist Work Station

HASSELBLAD 205FCC medium format camera, equipped with many lenses, accessories, optical filters and BOWENS electronic flashes and PHASE ONE Power Phase digital back (resolution of 7000x7000 pixels, colour depth 12 bits/colour).

HAMAMATSU 2400-03-D infrared detector equipped with many lenses and interference filters from 800 to 900 nm per 100 nm, high resolution black and white PANASONIC 14'' monitor, X-Y high precision motorised positional unit controlled by computer.

ANDREX SMART 160 portable unit (0.5-6 mA, 10-160 kV) producing Roentgen rays, EP-100 dosimeter, KONICA PDA-85 and KODAK M35 automatic X-ray films processor.

Optical densitometer X-Rite Colortron Color System.

ZEISS AXIOTECH 100 HD research polarizing microscope equipped with full ultraviolet fluorescence system with mercury source 100 W, MC 80 X, 24x36mm automatic microphotographic device for digital image capturing and processing, SPOT 2 1.4 digital cooled camera, res.:1315x1033 pixels, 12 bits per colour,.

LEICA DM RXP research polarising microscope equipped with full ultraviolet fluorescence system with mercury source 100 W, automatic microphotography device and an image capture and simultaneous visualisation system through a JVC 3CCD detector.

ZEISS SV11 stereomicroscope equipped with full ultraviolet fluorescence system with mercury source HBO 100 W and tilting mount with swinging arms.

LEICA MZ12 stereomicroscope equipped with a full system of lenses and accessories and tilting mount with swinging arms.

STRUERS PLANOPOL-V grinding and polishing machine for embedded micro-samples.

Microwave oven.

MINOLTA CM-2022 portable diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer.

LAMBDA 18 PERKIN ELMER UV-Vis-NIR (200-2500nm) spectrophotometer equipped with optical fibres, an external integration sphere and special software for colour measurement.

́ FT-IR BIORAD FTS 175 spectrophotometer equipped with a CCD detector, library containing 2000 spectra and the special relative software.

́Raman RENISHAW System 1000 spectrophotometer equipped with two laser sources, OLYMPUS research microscope, a fibre optic and 3-directional motorised positional stage.

Portable Raman System 100 Process Analyser.

Finnigan Gas chromatography with mass spectrometer (GC/MS/MS) GCQ and high resolution liquid chromatography HPLC with 4 solvent channels gradient system SCM 3000 with AQA mass spectrometer and API, ESI and APCI ionisation sources.

ATM Network, 2X622 MBps Backbone, 4X155 MBps (LAN), 24X10/100 MBps (LAN). IBM Netfinity M10 Server System (2 Pentium III Xeon Processor, 256 MB RAM up to 8 GB RAM, 3x18,1 GB HD, 17' color monitor) and PROLIANT 800 COMPAQ Server (128MB RAM, 4GB HD, 17" color monitor).

Workstation SILICON GRAPHICS INDIGO II high impact workstation (R10000 - 250MHz, 128 MB RAM, 4GB HD, 20" color monitor SGI).

Workstation SILICON GRAPHICS O2 (R5000 - 180MHz, 128 MB RAM, 2GB HD, 20" color monitor SGI).

2 units PC Pentium III 550MHz Dual (512MB RAM, 18,1GB HD, 17" color monitor and 21' color monitor).

2 units PC Pentium 200MHz Dual (128MB RAM, 4GB HD, 17" color monitor).

3 units PC Pentium III 450MHz (256 MB RAM, 9GB HD, 17" color monitor).

1unit PC Pentium III 450MHz (256 MB RAM, 20GB HD, 17" color monitor).

2 units Macintosh G4 (450Mhz, 256MB RAM, 20GB HD, 21" color monitor and 17" color monitor).

2 units Power Mac (9600 / 300, 128MB RAM, Apple Vision Color Monitor 20", 4GB HD , 8GB HD and 9500 / 200 , 128MB RAM, 17" Color Monitor, 4GB HD).

Special data base software (EIKONA for arts that is developed on an Oracle d base compiler).

Special capturing software (CAPTURE) and image processing software (EIKONA).

Conventional image processing software (EIKONA, PHOTOSHOP).

CDD-2000-CD Tower archive systems.

Tektronix Phaser 440 color printer.

Tektronix Phaser 780 color laser printer of high color fidelity.

HP LASERJET 5M PLUS Postscript black and white printer.

SCANVIEW Scan Mate 5000 drum scanner, resolution 5000x5000 pixels, 12 bits per color, with special software Quartet 4.3.

HEIDELBERG TOPAZ flatbed scanner, 3 CCD resolution 8000 pixels, 16 bits per color, optical density 4, with special software LinoColor.

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