Our friend and colleague Agnès Azimzadeh, passed away on March 15, 2021, after a courageous battle with intestinal cancer. She leaves her devoted husband, Djavad; their sons Julien and Philippe, and Julien’s wife Rebecca; her parents, Simone and Bernard Isabey; and her brother Daniel Isabey. The scientific and clinical transplant communities she touched at Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Maryland, and around the world join her family in celebrating her life, and mourning her premature loss.
Dr. Azimzadeh was a truly brilliant world-renowned academic medical scientist, who dedicated her life and career for more than 30 years to develop and apply molecular biologic techniques to monitor innate immunity, adaptive immunity, and inflammation in transplant models.
Her important role in these multi-investigator collaborative studies were recognized by a “Grand Prix de Medicine” award from the Academy of Sciences of Toulouse (1997), and a Young Investigator’s Award (2002) and recognition as a Key Opinion Leader (2006) by The Transplantation Society.
She mentored many medical students, scientists and post-doctoral fellows, as well as countless young faculty members. She has always been an invaluable councilor to the IXA, and selfless scientific and professional advisor to an array of international collaborators working in the field of xenotransplantation. As the President of the IXA she has been pivotal in many new initiatives for establishing programs for young investigators and supporting international initiatives to help establish guidelines for the international community for xenotransplantation clinical trials.
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