FOUNDING PRESIDENT OF
THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF VETERINARY VIROLOGY (ESVV)
On April 19
th at Fontin (Esneux,
Belgium) our founding President Paul-Pierre Pastoret, passed away at the age of
68. Paul Pierre was a remarkable person with a great passion for the virology.
All the members of ESVV are deeply saddened; we have lost an excellent
professional and a great friend of animal virology. We have received numerous
expressions of condolences from many countries.
Paul Pierre was Doctor in Veterinary Medicine
from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liege, Belgium. He
specialised in Virology/Immunology at the same Faculty and obtained his PhD in
Virology. He then undertook post-doctoral studies at the University of
Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada before returning to the University of Liege where
he was Full Professor of Virology, Immunology/Vaccinology and viral infectious
One of his main contributions was to the
development of the recombinant Vaccinia-Rabies virus vaccine for the oral
vaccination of wildlife against rabies. His group was the first to deliberately
release this vaccine in the environment; this vaccine largely contributed to
the elimination of terrestrial rabies in several Western European countries and
is also largely used in the United States. He also contributed to research on
infectious bovine rhinotracheitis herpesvirus infections and other bovine
herpesvirus infections, bovine infections with pestivirus and rotavirus and
bovine spongiform encephalitis.
For six years, Prof. Pastoret was a member of
the Scientific Council of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI,
a CGIAR Institute), based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was
also member of the Scientific Council of the French National Institute for
Agricultural Research, INRA. From 2002 to 2005, he was the Director of the
Institute for Animal Health (IAH) in United Kingdom, then, in 2006, the
scientific advisor for animal health and welfare for the Biotechnology and
Biological Sciences Research Council in United Kingdom. He was a member of the
scientific advisory board of the Jenner’s vaccine Institute (University of
Oxford, United Kingdom, and the Institute for Animal Health).
From 2006 to 2010 he was Head of the
Publications Department of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) based
in Paris, France. Since 2010 he was a Scientific Advisor of the Organization. He
participated in the global eradication of rinderpest which was officially
declared by OIE and FAO in 2011.
Belgian member of the European Medicines Agency
in London from 1995 to 2002 and Chairman of the Immunology group of the Agency.
Full member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium and Chairman in 2011.
Member of the Academy of Agriculture of the
former Soviet Union, the Veterinary Academy of Mexico and a foreign associate
of the National Academy Medicine France since 2011. Doctor "Honoris
Causa" from the University of Ankara, Turkey. Secretary General of the
"Federation of European Academies of Medicine."
He was author or co-author of more than 900
scientific publications and editor or co-editor of many textbooks, including
some major works: Veterinary Vaccinology (Elsevier), Handbook of Vertebrate
Immunology (Academic Press, Elsevier); Co-editor of "Rinderpest and Peste
des petits ruminants virus plagues of two wide and small ruminants"
(Academic Press, Elsevier).
At this sad time we send all our love to his
family, colleagues and friend.
Rest in Peace, dear friend.