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#HealthTourism in #Greece thrives in international interest, as announced in Chicago

Greece in the Heart of Chicago , Athens Medical Association Conference for Health Tourism in Greece , George Patoulis by the President of Greek American Community in Chicago, on special ceremony honoring Grecee’s Independence heroes, April 28, 2017

Uniting Greek Brains of today’s Medicine of the world from the country that gave birth to Medicine for the world , in Chicago , April 29, 2017 #HealthTourim #Greece

George Patoulis, Head of Greece’s Initiative for Heath Tourism in Greece, with Greek Minister of Maritime and Island Policy Panagiotis Kouroublis, at the ceremony for Greece’s Independence Heroes in the heart of Chicago

Greek Diaspora representative from the medical , political and business communities in Chicago attending the two days Health Tourism in Greece conference in Chicago, April 28,29

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Leftist government MP calls #HolyFire “a thing”, asks Parliament for the transport cost to #Greece

Arrival of #HolyFire in Athens Easter 2016

Venizelos Airport , Easter,Holy Saturday, 2016

It’s not the first time for political Atheists in Greece, this time faithfuls consider it blasphemy ……

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A Taste of #Lesvos in #Sydney by the Greeks Abroad

A group of friends in NSW with a keen interest in Lesvos have been working diligently to present A Taste of Lesvos on Sunday 2 April 2017 as part of the Greek Festival,

 

Sydney, 1946. Panagiotis Angelis and Efstratios Mihailaros, of Agia Paraskevi, arrive in Sydney and are welcomed by “horiani”.

 

Lesvos, Mindfulness for Impression : How Claire Lloyd made it home here…

 

Mytilenian Brotherhood of Sydney & NSW on the celebration of the 104th Anniversary of the liberation of the Island Lesvos., November 8th, 2016

 

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Greek PM’s visit at Jesus Tomb in Jerusalem 

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Learn about the historic discovery of the sacred rock in Jesus Tomb in Jerusalem,by the Greek scientists research team, recently visited  PM Alexis Tsipras.  It’s a blessing, he said, …..Read more

PM @tsipras_eu professor at the Polytechnic, the head of Jesus tomb’s rock discovery team

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He “never feared the Cyclops”, from Vrisa of Lesvos to the top of Harvard

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From Vrisa, Lesvos to the “top” of Harvard

Three of his innovative methods do rank the 74 year old Ophtalmology Professor from Vrisa among the top 100 opthalmologists worldwide, and the Harvard Unversity in Massachussets has given his name to the specialised Chair of Studies while hunging his portrait in the auditorium of the Clinic Eye and Ear Massachusetts and while his bust graces the Harvard Campus courtyard .

Evangelos Gragoudas is recently awarded by the Champalimaud Vision Award 2014 which is considered scientifically close to a Nobel Prize on Vision and Ophtalmology research , and is a proud Lesvian abroad, who as he says, saw with the eyes of Literature and Philosophy the world when he was studying at the High school of Polychnitos, and that’s how, he says, he did it to “save the world” in his own way.

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Hailing from Vrisa, a small, picturesque village of 1,000 inhabitants in the south of Lesvos, the leading Greek scientist excels the last 46 years in America, where he teaches ophthalmology, but also … Cavafy.

The Alexandrian poet, Cavafy, has a prominent place in his office at Harvard, where there is a large photo of the lyrics from “Ithaca”:

“the Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,the angry Poseidon do not fear, such ones in your way you will never find “.

In the age of 74 years, Evangelos Gragoudas is still working feverishly, operating surgeries three times a week on complicated ophthalmological cases while training new scientists. Due to his immense love for Greece, he always greets with joy and pride young doctors from home, while the «Gragoudas Chair» of Harvard is funded with 3.5 million Dollars.

On Friday, December 4, 2015, Evangelos Gragoudas received an honorary doctorate of the Department of Medicine, by Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki where he spoke with tears to the press for the love for his country.

“All of us who live for years abroad, and have learned to another way of progress and and evaluation, we are saddened when we realize that our homeland , our country, Greece, is moving back or stays stagnant.”

“Even now, we must change our culture, by trying to adapt the structures of the system to the new circumstances. The crisis in the economy should make us wiser, more mature and more fair. “

On the age of 15 years Evangelos Gragoudas, while still studying in the high school Polichnitos, he had read all the books of the small library of his village.

On his 20’s,being a medical student at the University of Athens Medical School, he translated with a classmate notes from foreign scientifical loterature and together they distributed to their fellow students an ophthalmology manual, which was a pleasant surprise for their professors.

In 1969 he left Greece for Boston and and soon he won a scholarship to Harvard Medical School, where he studied and afterwards taught for many years “It was like living in a dream. I always had in mind the verse of Ithaca … … …” hope the voyage to be a long one …” I really wanted to traverse distant streets literally and figuratively, I realize now ” he says.

The 74 year old professor comes 2-3 times a year in Greece, in his residence he reserves in Athens, but also in his hometown’s one in Vrisa of Lesvos.

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“I miss Greece. It is the most beautiful country in the world, because it is always sunny, surrounded by the sea, people are joyous and welcoming, has a rich history. It is a place to live, ” he says, but he thinks long enough before answering the question if you he would like to return back from the States .

“Having read quite a lot of philosophy, actually since my young age, I have overcome my fears. I know I am temporary, I know what I want, I know every moment what to do … but I have no answer still. We will see….”

 

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The #SpecialGreek that made us proud: Turning the #NashMathPuzzle into a piece of cake

Constantine Daskalakis is an Associate Professor at MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and is considered one of the brightest minds worldwide. It took Daskalakis approximately one year to solve Nash’s puzzle and achieve the unachievable, gaining international recognition from the academic community.

In the fifties Nash created a simplified system of relationships and actions describing decision making behaviors with different interests in different positions, such as adversaries in a “game”. With the help of his professors Christos Papademetriou from Berkley University and Paul Goldberg from Liverpool University, the team  managed to prove that there is no way to anticipate the balance point.

Source: Turning the Nash mathematical puzzle into a piece of cake hiltondaskalakis-3

Daskalakis does not hide his reluctance to leave his academic career in America and return to Greece, based on the fear he would probably not be able to continue his research there. Nevertheless, he stands ready to “give back to Greece” because “Greece provided the foundation for me to get where I am now”. On his personal webpage he cites a quote from Kavafe’s “Satrapia”, in English.

The Satrapy

What a misfortune, although you are made
for fine and great works
this unjust fate of yours always
denies you encouragement and success;
that base customs should block you;
and pettiness and indifference.
And how terrible the day when you yield
(the day when you give up and yield),
and you leave on foot for Susa,
and you go to the monarch Artaxerxes
who favorably places you in his court,
and offers you satrapies and the like.
And you accept them with despair
these things that you do not want.
Your soul seeks other things, weeps for other things;
the praise of the public and the Sophists,
the hard-won and inestimable Well Done;
the Agora, the Theater, and the Laurels.
How can Artaxerxes give you these,
where will you find these in a satrapy;
and what life can you live without these.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1910).

Any idea of the real Greek ginger? Nature magazine knows, indeed by ancient DNA !

Researchers were able to retrieve DNA from ancient Greek amphorae and use it to determine what the jars once held. The genetic Material of the Greek Trade History.Ginger among others was travelling the world from Greece in Ancient times

Researchers were able to retrieve DNA from ancient Greek amphorae and use it to determine what the jars once held. The genetic Material of the Greek Trade History.Ginger among others was travelling the world from Greece in Ancient times

Greek Amphora , a DNA  pool for the goods of Ancient Greek Trade

Greek Amphora , a DNA pool for the goods of Ancient Greek Trade

The analysis of nine ancient amphorae revealed important evidence concerning trading in ancient Greece. Brought to the sea surface near Corfu, the amphorae were sent to the University of Lund in Sweden where they underwent DNA analysis.

And yes, you will be surprised !

Ginger Exports by the Ancient Greeks

As nature magazine recently published , new scientific research by an American and to  Greek scientists shows  that the Ancient Greeks did not trade just wine and olive oil, but a plethora of products like legumes, mint, and even ginger.

The analysis of nine ancient amphorae revealed important evidence concerning trading in ancient Greece. Brought to the sea surface near Corfu, the amphorae were sent to the University of Lund in Sweden where they underwent DNA analysis.

Brendan Foley of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts, says that 95% of scientific bibliography mentions wine as the only product that the ancient Greeks transported by amphorae.

Foley completed genetic analysis of 9 amphorae that were dated from the 5th to the 3rd century BC with the help of Dimitris Kourkoumelis and Theotokis Theodoulou, archeologists in the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in Athens. As was expected, DNA evidence of grapes was found in 5 of the 9 amphorae while 6 amphorae also showed DNA evidence of olives.

What was surprising though was the existence of the DNA of legumes, ginger, nuts, juniper as well as herbs like mint, thyme and oregano. The fact that different kinds of DNA were found in the same amphorae leads researchers to conclude that the same amphorae would have been used to transport different products each time.

The success of amphorae DNA analysis has researchers planning to repeat their analysis on amphorae from the 3rd century BC that were recovered from a shipwreck in Kyrenia in Cyprus. The same methodology can, in the future, be used on household amphorae and in small vessels containing cosmetics and medicine.

DNA analysis will give new insight on was was being traded in ancient times as well as how trade in ancient Greece itself developed over time.

Source: Nature.com , GoodNews.gr