Who We Are

Collaborations & Affiliations


The Hellenic Cancer Society is one of the oldest Greek NGO’s, founded in 1958, aiming in primary cancer prevention through Public education and a plethora of screening programs for cancers at different sites. HCS organizes campaigns for fundraising and lectures in order to promote modern knowledge and information on several aspects of cancer disease. Special attention is given to tobacco control and cessation.

Official Website: www.cancerhellas.org


The Institute of Public Health-The American College of Greece allied with the George D. Behrakis Research Lab-Hellenic Cancer Society operate a series of national and international smoking prevention activities and in particular the SMOKEFREEGREECE initiative.

The main goal of the Institute is to drive a reduction of smoking in Greece, especially among young people.

The Institute of Public Health was established at the American College of Greece as of January 2015 funded by the Behrakis Foundation, Boston, MA.

The Institute, under direction of Professor Panagiotis Behrakis, aims to develop scientific research and educational programs that advance Public Health. The primary focus is to increase public awareness on common but also on lesser known public health issues. The Institute organizes a series of lectures on Public Health open to school-teachers, parents, health professionals and to all members of the community interested or dealing with public health.

A think-tank of multidisciplinary experts design the operational directions of the Institute on current, urgent and emerging issues in public health.

In addition, the Institute organizes conferences, social events and conducts scientific research, presentations and publications.

The INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH is fully sponsored by the Behrakis Foundation, Boston MA.

Official Website: www.acg.edu

A collaboration developed between the Hellenic Cancer Society and the Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens (BRFAA) in the frame of the HEART II project that developed and produced the school-based interventions for tobacco prevention among the student population and print sources for smoking prevention.

The Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) is the most recent addition to the Life Sciences Research organizations in Greece, which begun its activities in 2004. It is located at a distance of 3 km from downtown Athens, and is housed in a modern 32,000 m2 building.

The founding principle of BRFAA is to host both basic and clinical research, thus, providing an ideal setting for the emergence of translational activities (Medical Application). BRFAA is one of the few institutes with such character in Europe and is certainly unique for Greece.

The main goal of BRFAA is to achieve excellence in the Biomedical Sciences by recruiting high quality investigators carrying out cutting-edge basic and translational research and by training young researchers in a state-of-the-art facilities, which provide a particularly stimulating scientific environment and strong research infrastructures.

At present, BRFAA consists of 4 Research Centers (Institutes) specialized in different aspects of Biomedical Research focusing on the following research areas: gene regulation, stem cells, neurobiology, developmental biology, aging, cancer, inflammation, stress and metabolic syndromes, cardiovascular pathophysiology and environmental health issues.

Official Website: www.bioacademy.gr

The George D. Behrakis Research Lab team are active members of the ENSP through the Hellenic Cancer Society, the official representative of the Greek National Coalition for Tobacco Control.

The European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) is an international non-profit organisation, created in 1997 under Belgian law (identification number 16377/97).


ENSP’s mission is to develop a strategy for co-ordinated action among organisations active in tobacco control in Europe by sharing information and experience and through co-ordinated activities and joint projects. ENSP aims to create greater coherence among smoking prevention activities and to promote comprehensive tobacco control policies at both national and European levels.


ENSP’s top priority objectives are:

  • to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (hereinafter referred to as “FCTC”) in Europe by 2020,
  • to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in Europe to less than 5% by 2040.

ENSP is governed by a General Assembly consisting of representatives from national coalitions against tobacco in Europe, representatives from specialised European tobacco control networks and representatives from individual organisations active in tobacco control and/or health promotion. ENSP is administered by a regularly elected Executive Board which delegates the daily management and co-ordination of the network to a Secretariat in Brussels.


Our vision for the future is to eliminate the health inequalities among European citizens and their suffering caused by ill health and early death due to tobacco-related diseases. We want children and young people to be able to grow up without being targeted with messages that seek to lure them into a lifetime of addiction. We want all Europeans to be able to breathe clean air unpolluted by tobacco smoke. As we communicate more freely and cross country borders more frequently, we realise that our individual countries do not stand alone; we feel the reverberations of change throughout Europe. Therefore, we undertake to use the best evidence of effectiveness in policy and practice to work together towards our common goal.


ENSP conducts the following activities to attain its purpose:

  • to focus in priority on co-ordination and consensus-building, education, prevention and cessation;
  • to facilitate the creation and development of national and international alliances for smoking prevention and tobacco control in Europe, as well as support for their actions;
  • to promote collaboration amongst member organisations and support their actions;
  • to stimulate and participate in joint projects at national and international levels;
  • to undertake the collection, distribution and exchange of information relevant for tobacco control to the members of the network, non-governmental organisations, intergovernmental organisations, national governments all over Europe and the institutions of the European Union;
  • to sponsor, promote and organise education and training seminars, conferences, missions and exhibitions on matters relevant to smoking and tobacco prevention and cessation.

Official Website: www.ensp.org

Tack-SHSCollaboration under the auspices of the European Commission H2020 Framework Program in the TackSHS project, with:

  • Institute Catala D’Oncologia (ICO)
  • Agencia de Salut Publica de Barcelona
  • The University Court of the University of Aberdeen
  • Istituto Di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri
  • Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Dei Tumori
  • Istituto Per Lo Studio e la Prevenzione Oncologica
  • Universidad Politecnica De Cartagena
  • TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland LBG
  • European Network For Smoking Prevention
  • Fundacion Para La Investigacion Biomedica Del Hospital Universitario La Princesa

Official Website: www.tackshs.eu

In  the frame of the HEART I project, a Memorandum of understanding was established between the Harvard School of Public HealthGreek Ministry of EducationGreek Ministry of Health and the Hellenic Cancer Society aiming to smoking Prevention and Cessation in Greece.

Official Website: www.moh.gov.gr/

ministry-of-educationIn  the frame of the HEART I project, a Memorandum of understanding was established between the Harvard School of Public HealthGreek Ministry of EducationGreek Ministry of Health and the Hellenic Cancer Society, aiming to smoking Prevention and Cessation in Greece.

Official Website: www.minedu.gov.gr


The National Public Health Organization (NPHO) is a legal entity of Public Law supervised by the Ministry of Health. It is established under the Law 4600/9.3.2019 and it is the universal successor of the pre-existing Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), which was abolished by the same law.

NPHO aims at protecting and promoting the health of the population in Greece and, more specifically, to protect the public health by the prevention of diseases, the increase of life expectancy and the promotion of health through the organized efforts of the State and the society.

The key goals of the Organization include:

a. the monitoring and assessment of the population health as well as the biological, socio-economic and environmental determinants that affect it,

b. the epidemiological surveillance and continuous monitoring of the impact of communicable and non-communicable diseases on public health,

c. taking measures for disease prevention and raising awareness of the public, either as a whole, either with focus on particular groups, in order to protect people’s health, well being and welfare,

d. actions aimed at protecting the population against all kinds of threats stemming from the spread of diseases or conditions endangering health.

Official Website: https://eody.gov.gr/en/npho/#

University of AtticaIn the frame of the collaboration with the University of Attica, the “George D. Behrakis” Research lab offers  6-month internships to senior students.

Official Website: https://www.uniwa.gr/

symplefsiIn collaboration with George D. Behrakis Research Lab and the Institute of Public Health-American College of Greece the SMOKEFREEGREECE team travels to the islands to provide:

  • medical consultations and spirometry  provided by the Lab’s experienced Pulmonologists
  • tobacco prevention lectures for island residents
  • specifically trained educators of the Lab and IPH provide the school-based interventions for tobacco prevention among students

Is a non profit civil partnership which aims to support the residents of Greek remote islands, by offering medical, social, cultural and infrastructural assistance.

Official Website: www.symplefsi.org