s Imrich Sarkany was born in 1923 in Svaty Jur, Slovakia. He began his medical studies at the Charles University in Prague before political circumstances necessitated a move to London, where he comple- ted his medical training at St Thomas’ Hospital, University of London. He was trained in Dermatology at St John’s Institute of Dermatology (London), Kings College Hospital (London) and spent one year as a Research Fellow at the University of Miami working with Harvey Blank. Imrich Sarkany was appointed a Consultant Dermatologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London in 1961 and developed a special interest in mycology, corynebacterial infections (discovering the Corynebacterium minutissimum as the cause of erythrasma) and was a pioneer in oral anti-fun- gal therapies. In addition, he developed a strong team to investigate the physiology of venous disease and the skin, the skin in liver disease, the immunological basis of drug eruptions and skin microtopography. He was President of the British Association of Dermatologists in 1988. Prior to the formation of EADV he was the UK representative to the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) from 1984–1993, and latterly became its Chairman. Consequently, he became a founder member of EADV in 1987, ser- ving on the Executive Committee and becoming Vice-President in 1994. Upon the death of Antonió Cabral de Ascensão in August 1996 he briefly became interim President of EADV for the remaining two months of the term of office. Imrich Sarkany was appointed an Honorary President in 1998 and died in 2005.
8 th EADV President: 1996–1998
s Jean-Paul Ortonne was born in September 1943 in Yzeure in Allier, central France. After finishing his medical studies in Lyon in 1969, he became a Fellow in the Physiology Laboratory at the University of Lyon and later in the Biophysics and Nuclear Medicine Laboratory. After serving a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Boston working with Prof Tom Fitzpatrick, Jean-Paul Ortonne joined the team of Prof Jean Thivolet in the Dermatology Department in Lyon in 1979. In 1980, he became a Professor at the University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Medical School, and then its Chairman in 1984. From 1985–2004 he was also Director of the Dermatological Research Laboratory Unité INSERM 385 in Sophia Antipolis. His major research interests were in the field of pathophysiology of melanocytes and disturbances of pigmentation, but also extended into investi- gation of new epidermal basement membrane components which are of crucial importance in the pathogenesis of certain types of Epidermolysis Bullosa.