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Effie Ioannidou, D.D.S., M.D.S.

Professor, Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
Director, Dental Clinical Research Center
Academic Office Location:
Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1710
Phone: 860-679-2367
Fax: 860-679-1027

Dental Clinical Research Center

Dr. Ioannidou studies the association between chronic periodontitis and chronic kidney disease. Her multidisciplinary research approach, which involves periodontology, nephrology, microbiology, epidemiology, nutrition and behavioral sciences investigates the interactions between the two diseases. Her current funded research project explores the contribution of kidney disease to the oral environment as well as potential modification in etiopathology of periodontitis. Furthermore, she investigates periodontal treatment response in individuals in different stages of chronic kidney (CKD) disease and/or end stage kidney disease (ESRD).
In parallel, Dr. Ioannidou studies gender issues in academe as they relate to pay gap, leadership opportunities, scholarly activities, retention and recruitment. Dr. Ioannidou mentors the Women in Dentistry student interest group with lectures and regular monthly meetings.

D.D.S.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiDentistry

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut Health CenterPeriodontology
PostdoctoralUniversity of ConnecticutMasters of Dental Science
PostdoctoralUniversity of WashingtonCertificate in Clinical Research
ADEA Leadership FellowshipAcademy of Academic Leadership

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow
ADEAGies/AADr Fellowship (Mentor)
Peter Robinson Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
AADR Neal Chilton Award
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
UCONN Faculty Development Award
Surgical Periodontal Therapy, Dental Implants, Hard and Soft Tissue Grafting
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
AADR Board of DirectorsProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMember-at-LargeExternalNational20172020
American Association for Dental Research- Annual Meeting CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationNational
AAP Foundation Tarrson CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationNational
International Association for Dental Research-Fellowship CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternalInternational
American Association for Dental Research-Nominations CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternalNational
American Association for Dental Research-Hatton Awards CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternalNational
American Association for Dental Research Task Force on Clinical ResearchResearch CommitteeExternalNational
American Academy of Periodontology-Research CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternalNational
Internation Association for Dental Research-Women in Science NetworkProfessional/Scientific OrganizationFounder/Vice-PresidentExternalInternational
JDR Clinical and Translational Research-Professional/Scientific JournalScientific Advisory CommitteeInternational
Clinical Research Interests:
Her research work enters a novel multidisciplinary research field with the main objective being to explore the relationship between chronic periodontal infection, systemic inflammatory markers and cardiovascular mortality in chronic kidney disease population. This project explores the link between periodontal inflammation, systemic inflammation, and cardiovascular events in the chronic kidney disease population. Since several non-traditional risk factors may modify the inflammatory status of these patients, possibly affecting the cardiovascular mortality rates, we hypothesized that periodontitis could be one of these non-traditional risk factors. As a result, her research team is assessing prevalence data of periodontal infection in this hemodialysis and pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease population and related mechanisms of increased systemic inflammation levels. Moreover, they investigate the effect of depressive symptoms on their periodontal and systemic inflammatory status.

Journal Articles