Under the auspicies of the Committee Hellas 2021

The Panhellenic Federation of Florida

Invites you to a lecture about the life and achievements

Of Dr. George Papanicolaou  (Pap est)

Described by many as one of the most brilliant scientific minds of the 20th century, Georgios Papanikolaou is recognised for developing the life-saving cervical cancer test also known as Pap smear or Pap test. 

In his honor, Google is changing its logo in 12 countries to a doodle, or illustration, of him and a microscope.

  • While Papanikolaou’s research would eventually be on human physiology, he started his studies with guinea pigs. 
  • He devoted his time researching early cancer diagnosis through recovery and identification of exfoliated cancer cells.
  • From 1920, Papanikolaou started to focus on the cytopathology, a branch of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases on the cellular level, of the human reproductive system.
  • The first time Papanikolaou identified the cancerous cell in a sample from a woman with cervical cancer, he confessed it was one of the most important experiences of his career.
  • His first clinical trial proved the diagnostic value of cytological examination of smears. This work became the cornerstone of his method that would allow the timely diagnosis of cervical cancer.
  • His achievements were received with doubt by the US medical community. However, he was convinced and continued his research. 
  • He demonstrated the normal and abnormal smears taken from the cervix could be viewed under the microscope and be correctly classified. 
  • This procedure, now known as the Pap (Papanikolaou) smear or test, became the standard in screening for cervical cancer.

Day of the event: Sunday January 23, 2022

Time: At 1:00 pm ( after church)

Holy Trinity Church ( In the Papadi Chapel)

409 Old Coachman Road

Clerwater, FL33765

Presented by Doctor Theodore Ted Vlahos

Coffee social sponsored by the Hellenic Fedderation of Florida