Professor Lars-Åke Hanson, Gothenburg, Sweden, handed away in January 2022 on the age of 87 years. He was identified to all as Nenne.
Nenne labored throughout most of his profession as professor of medical immunology in Gothenburg. He was the primary to arrange care for kids and adults with inborn errors of immunity in Sweden. Immunology was his nice curiosity clinically and as a researcher.
These of us who had the privilege to work near him and have him as a mentor keep in mind him for his enthusiasm and never-failing optimism. An incredible scientist with over 400 scientific papers, many textbook chapters, and an eminent lecturer, however not least an in depth pal, mentor, and function mannequin. He had a big worldwide community. Every time considered one of his pals got here to Gothenburg, the doorways to his and Monika’s stunning residence in central Gothenburg had been open for the visitor. These of us working with him in Gothenburg had been additionally steadily invited for meals and stimulating discussions.
In 1961, Nenne acquired his MD from the College of Gothenburg. The identical 12 months, he defended his PhD thesis on his research of human breast milk in an exploration of parts that may be accountable along with diet for the newborn’s well being and growth. He found immunoglobulin A (IgA) in breast milk, but additionally noticed that it had some further antigenicity that later was proven to be the secretory piece. IgA was at the moment often called β2A, solely later in 1964 to be named IgA. In 1962, throughout a sabbatical and additional coaching at Rockefeller College in Henry Kunkel’s laboratory, IgA deficiency was found accidently in serum by Nenne and a co-fellow. At the moment, case reviews typically contained the identify or initials of the topic, and apparently the 2 scrambled their initials to not be acknowledged because the individuals described within the report.
In 1978, Nenne turned the primary Professor of Medical Immunology in Sweden. His ambition to make apply of immunology introduced him out on this planet. Examples are collaborations with Pakistan and Costa Rica. Particularly, the ties to Costa Rica made him conscious of the nation’s distinctive place in Latin America, and Nenne was behind the nomination of President Oscar Arias for the Nobel Peace Prize that Oscar Arias acquired in 1987.
He additionally confirmed how breastfeeding protected newborns towards infections, particularly diarrhea and urinary tract infections, and consequently significantly decreased morbidity and mortality. Nenne met with Pope John Paul II, appealed for, and acquired papal pronunciation in help of breastfeeding. Nenne’s analysis gained him a lot of worldwide and nationwide prizes, amongst them are the Robert Koch Award of the German Robert Koch Basis in 1981, Anders Jahre’s Award for Medical Analysis of the College of Oslo in 1988, and the Macy György Award of the Worldwide Society for Analysis in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) in 2004.
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