Robin Eady 1940-2017

The ESDR membership and friends will be saddened to hear news of the passing of Professor Robin Eady, Emeritus Professor within the St John's Institute of Dermatology at King's College London (UK) and former Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. Robin was honorary member of the ESDR. He was a true pioneer in skin cell biology and in developing basic and translational research on inherited skin diseases, particularly for the inherited blistering disease epidermolysis bullosa. He was a strong advocate of the importance of clinician-scientists getting a fundamental understanding of skin structure and function, particularly in transmission electron microscopy, around which many of his unique contributions to investigative dermatology were built. Robin lived a truly remarkable life, having lived through 25 years of renal dialysis and 30 years following a kidney transplant, and yet he accomplished so much within dermatology, training numerous clinical fellows many of whom are now Professors of Dermatology in several countries around the world; the national diagnostic epidermolysis bullosa laboratory based at St Thomas' Hospital in London is also named after him. Robin died on Wednesday 2 August 2017 after complications following heart valve surgery. A celebration of Robin's life will be held in London at the Royal Society of Medicine at 5.30pm on Monday 16 October (more details available from john.mcgrath@kcl.ac.uk)

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