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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 January 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 JANUARY 2019 27 GREECE Greek professor gets honours Greek born and raised Professor Eleftheria Zeggini from Volos, has just led medical researchers onto the most important breakthrough regarding osteoarthritis so far. Heading a team of Greek and UK scientists, the multiawarded Dr Zeggini looked into the genetic background of osteoarthritis, discovering 52 new genes and biological mechanisms associated with the disease which is the leading cause of disability worldwide. This breakthrough has opened up opportunities for developing new medication that will help treat the common myoskeletal disease and source of chronic pain for millions of people. In the study, published in the journal 'Nature Genetics' researchers analysed the complete genome of a sample of 77,052 people suffering from osteoarthritis juxtaposed to the genome of 378,169 healthy people. "Osteoarthritis is a very common illness, which causes mobility difficulties and for which there is no cure," Dr Zeggini noted ion the study. "We have conducted the largest study of osteoarthritis to date and we have found more than 50 new genetic changes that increase the risk for its occurrence. This is an important step forward with the aim of developing treatments that will help millions of people who suffer." Dr Zeggini, who is a ProEleftheria Zeggini has made the most important breakthrough in osteoarthritis so far Greece removes antiquities from fund list fessor of Statistical Genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, has dedicated her research to identifying novel complex trait loci by carrying out association studies, to develop analytical tools and to understand the molecular mechanisms underpinning disease pathogenesis and published more than 150 scientific articles with breakthrough discoveries of inherited factors that can predispose obesity, hyperlipidemia, osteoarthritis, diabetes and other major diseases. Artist pleads for the return of stolen work An artwork by Melbournebased artist and iconographer Lisa Ghent was stolen from Australian Catholic University Art Space in Fitzroy, Melbourne, on Thursday, 17 January. The painting was a study made of the famous Hans Memling icon - Man of Sorrows in the Arms of the Virgin - housed at the National Gallery of Victoria. The Palace of Knossos, Crete, was among the items that Greeks consider an important part of their heritage. The Greek government has removed 2,330 archaeological sites, museums, monuments and castles from a development fund of properties up for private development under the country's bailout terms. These items were in a holding company owned by the Greek state as a measure included in the last financial bailout in 2015 to satisfy Greece's foreign creditors. The government had repeatedly given reassurances that the monuments could not be sold off to foreign interests, but this did not stop protests from happening, including a oneday strike by archaeologists in October that prevented tourists from visiting the major attraction. The Greek Minister of Culture announced that the cultural assets would be exempted from the fund. "We have 2,330 assets which are protected through a legal act. We can now rest assured," said Greek Culture Minister Myrsini Zorba. Some of the world's finest antiquities were included on the fund list, including the 4,000-year-old palace of Knossos on Crete, the tomb of King Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great's father, and dozens of other items such as the White Tower of Thessaloniki and Spinalonga, an island that was a leper colony until 1957. A full list of the assets would be presented at a later date. The study took Lisa over 12 months to compete, and was painted in the medium of egg tempera, typical in icon paintings. Visions of Beauty is the current exhibition that opened on 14 January at the Australian University Art Space at Brunswick street Fitzroy. It is a collaboration of egg tempera works by some of Australia and Russian's Master iconographers and their students. Lisa's work was stolen in broad daylight, with police narrowing the time of the incident to be between 1.30 and 3pm. "In the 13 years I have worked in our gallery and studio spaces, we have not suffered a loss of any other artworks," said Christine Small, Visual Arts Technician at the ACU. Anna Prifti, Director of the Byzantine School of Iconography in Camberwell, which Lisa is a student of, was shocked to learn of this while on holiday. "I have seen this work from its beginning to end. Lisa has Lisa Ghent’s study of Hans Memling’s icon ‘Man of Sorrows in the Arms of the Virgin’ has been stolen. worked tirelessly and meticulously to complete it. We all hope for its safe return ," said Ms Prifti. Lisa Ghent is pleading with the thief for its safe return. "I'm not interested in pressing charges or asking questions. It is a very fragile painting," Ghent said. An investigation has been launched and people who may have any information are urged to contact Fitzroy Police Station on (03) 9934 6400. The exhibition will continue until 2 February at ACU Art Space, 26 Brunswick Street Fitzroy.
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