Who We Are

“George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB”

“George D. Behrakis” is a State -of the -Art laboratory for Lung Function Testing. It was donated by the Behrakis Foundation Boston MA to the Hellenic Cancer Society on September 15, 2008.

Our Beginnings & Advance

The Lab began its activity initially under the name “Smoking and Lung Cancer Research Center”, providing routine and sophisticated Lung function tests to referred patients.

Enthusiastic young researchers, designed and integrated numerous research projects, regarding the respiratory health effects of active and passive smoking. Studies of the immediate health effects on lung function of different smoking devices were designed and carried out. Combustible cigarette, cigar, water-pipe, electronic cigarette, have all been studied leading to over 30 publications and several congress presentations.

In September 2015 in the context of reformation and advance, the Lab underwent changes in several aspects.
The former “Smoking and Lung Cancer Research Center” was renamed as to honour our benefactor, to “George D. Behrakis Research Lab”. A new logo design derived from the creative merge of the word “Lab” and the benefactor’s initials.

The Lab was certified from the Board of Athens Medical Association, as a Clinic and Laboratory for Lung Function Testing. In February 2016 was certified by LLOYDS Quality Assurance for BS EN ISO 9001:2008.

The George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB is currently among a minority of Lung Function Labs in Greece that are ISO certified.

Of utmost importance is the collaboration with the Institute of Public Health at the American College of Greece that started in September 2015.

The mission of the Lab is to follow the scientific and technological advances in the field of lung function as well as to contribute and support tobacco prevention through scientific and educational means. [+]

Almost 10 years of operations have led to the formation of a dynamic, multidisciplinary and passionate team of experts. Respiratory physicians, public health specialists, nurses, biologists, psychologists, and bio-technicians work together in synchronized harmony toward medical, educational and social research excellence. [+]

Through the LAB’s mission and aims, our team works in close collaboration with many distinguished institutions at both a local and international level. The close relationship between the LAB of the Hellenic Cancer Society and the Institute of Public Health of The American College of Greece is reflected by the shared efforts under the “SmokeFreeGreece” campaign. [+]

High personal and professional ethical standards drive the team’s devotion to social and volunteer activities. [+]

Certifications

  • Certified by the Board of Athens Medical Association as a “Clinic-Lung Function Lab” (0/16/2015)
  • Certified by LLOYDS Register Quality Assurance for the Quality Management System Standard under BS EN ISO 9001:2008

Our Benefactor.

George D. Behrakis was born on January 1, 1934, in Lowell, MA, of Greek-American nationality. He was educated at Northeastern University, and earned a degree in pharmaceuticals. He is a Greek-American philanthropist who has contributed to many organizations and establishments in the previous decades. He is best known for his donation to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, and for the building of Northeastern University’s College of Health Sciences. [+]