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Neurology lecture to focus on DNA

Dr. Demetrius (Jim) Maraganore will deliver a lecture, “Back to the Future: From Greek Oracles to DNA Prediction,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., in Chicago.  

Maraganore, medical director of the NorthShore University HealthSystem Neurological Institute and Ruth Cain Ruggles Chairman of the Department of Neurology, was recently named a top-20 international researcher of Parkinson’s disease – the only one in Lake County, officials said in a release.

His lecture will focus on NorthShore’s vision of neurology: to predict, prevent and halt neurological disorders through the development of DNA-based prognostic tests and therapies.

The initiative is known as the “DodoNA Project.” In ancient times, leaders would visit oracles to obtain predictions of the future, officials said. The oldest oracle of ancient Greece was at Dodona, where priestesses would interpret the rustling of leaves in a sacred oak tree to determine what actions one should take.

At DodoNA, medical personnel can interpret subtle variations in DNA, the “tree of life,” to predict outcomes and to improve neurological health.

Admission to the lecture is free. The event is sponsored by the Hellenic Medical Society of Chicago. 
Registration is not required. 

For more information, call the National Hellenic Museum at 312-655-1234 or visit

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