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  Personal Remarks

European Journal of Neurology 1998; 5:117-118

Professor Luigi Amaducci

We have learnt with great sadness of the death of Luigi Amaducci, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Neurology and one of its most committed supporters.
We are certain that all EFNS members will want to join us in expressing to Luigisís family and to his closest colleagues in Florence our sorrow and our sympathy. He will remain with us forever.

FranÁois Boller and Per Soelberg SÝrensen
European Journal of Neurology

Professor Luigi Amaducci died in Florence on Sunday, January 11, 1998. He is survived by his wife Maria Pia, a son (Giovanni), and two daughters (Guilia and Bianca). Professor Amaducci obtained his MD at the University of Padova in 1957. He spent three years (1960-1962) in Folch-Piís Laboratory at Harvard Medical School contributing to studies that pioneered the definition of the biochemistry of the myelin sheath. He then joined the Faculty and the University of Florence where he remained for the rest of his most successful career, being appointed Chariman of the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences between 1979 and 1983, and 1991 and 1994. In 1989, he was appointed President of the Targeted Project on Ageing of the Italian National Research Council. This project comprises the major effort of Italian research into ageing within a comprehensive framework including biological, pathological, social and economic aspects and the impact of all these upon later life. From a national research project he made this an internationally recognised study by collaborating with European Union (EU) projects. He served as President of the Italian Neurology Society from 1996 and as National Delegate for the Biomedical and Health Research Programme of the EU from 1991 until his death. Another of his many commitments was chairing the Research Group on Dementia of the World Federation of Neurology.
Professor Amaducci was Chariman of the European Affairs Committee of the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) form the very beginning. He established contacts with the EU and persistently pursued the goal of gaining priority for neurological projects within the framework programmes of the EU. He continuously organised very successful workshops in Brussels and encouraged his colleagues, whenever possible, to join in EU-related activities. His passionate devotion to neurology and his interest in the European neurological community were of outstanding support in the successful development of the EFNS. Not only his innate standard and accomplishments, but his skill and tact in working with committee members and colleagues resulted in continuing commitments. In 1994, when the European Journal of Neurology, the official journal of the EFNS, was launched, he was appointed an Associate Editor. Two years later, in 1996, in addition to his office as chairman of the EFNS European Affairs Committee, Luigi Amaducci became Vice President of the EFNS. In memory of the untiring and versatile colleague, the EFNS will hold a teaching course entitled ďLuigi Amaducci Teaching Course on Dementia and Alzheimerís diseaseĒ at the 3rd Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies, September 19-25, 1998, in Seville, Spain.
Not only was he a man of science, but he also was a quietly devoted family man who had great respect for his fellow human beings. We all greatly mourn the loss of this unassuming and gentle colleague and friend.

Jes Olesen, European Federation of Neurological Societies (Chair) and Cesare Fieschi, Societaí Italiana di Neurologia (Past President)

  Luigi Amaducci, Italy
European (Union) Affairs Committee: 1991-1995

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