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Remembering Professor Robin Eady (1940 - 2017)

Remembering Professor Robin Eady (1940 - 2017)

Professor Robin Eady, Emeritus Professor at St John’s Institute of Dermatology at King’s College London and former Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, has died aged 77.

Professor Eady was instrumental in the development of the specialist EB service at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. A consultant dermatologist, Eady recognised the need for a specialised team that would meet the unique needs of adults living with EB.

Funding from DEBRA made it possible to recruit the first EB Clinical Nurse Specialist for adults as well as an EB Research Fellow, and with Eady at its head, the team was formed.

Since these beginnings the team has expanded greatly, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is now a recognised Centre of Excellence in EB, known worldwide for its clinical expertise and cutting edge research into EB.

In 2004 Professor Eady opened the National Diagnostic Epidermolysis Bullosa Laboratory, based at St Thomas’ Hospital, which is named after him.

Professor Eady was a DEBRA UK trustee for many years before serving, first as chairman and then as a member, on DEBRA International’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel. In 2014 he was awarded an MBE for services to dermatology and voluntary service to governance in the charitable sector.

Professor John McGrath, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, said:

‘Robin was a true pioneer in skin cell biology and in developing basic and translational research on inherited skin diseases, particularly Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Robin’s was 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 investigative dermatology, training numerous clinical fellows in Epidermolysis Bullosa research, many of whom are now Professors of Dermatology in several countries around the world.

Much of the success of DEBRA today can be attributed to foundations laid by Robin in the early 1980s.’

Ben Merrett, Chief Executive Officer at DEBRA, added:

 ‘The EB community has lost one of its greatest champions. Over the course of his career Professor Eady cared for hundreds of people living with EB and pioneered techniques for early diagnosis of the condition. His contribution to research and care in EB, and to DEBRA's development, cannot be understated. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.’

Professor Eady passed away on Wednesday 2 August after complications following heart valve surgery. He is survived by his wife, Ann and son Tom.

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