Ian Jackson, ESPCR President
Additional messages from IFPCS colleagues in memoriam of Hans Rorsman:
I am very saddened to hear about Dr. Rorsman’s passing away. I had the honor and pleasure to meet him on many occasions during various IPCC at ESPCR meetings. He was always positive, encouraging, and very collegial. His contributions to our understanding of the properties of pheomelanin and the identification of pheomelanin metabolites as markers of metastasis in melanoma patients are among his numerous contributions to the clinical and basic science aspects of melanin. I last met him in 2009 in Stockholm, and as usual, he was very friendly and welcoming. We owe our progress in the field of pigmentation to giants like Hans who paved the way and left us landmarks so we can walk in their footsteps.
My deepest condolences to his family and particularly to my friends and colleagues in ESPCR and in the IPCS who knew him.
Indeed very hard to improve on Zalfa’s heartfelt testimonial
Hans was one of the people who encouraged me greatly in the early days and had many wry things to say about science and life.
He will be missed
Frank L. Meyskens
Thanks for sharing
I would like to join Zalfa and Frank in acknowledging the contribution of Hans Rorsman to the study of human pigmentation.
I also had the pleasure to meet him on several occasions and everytime I was impressed by the interest he showed for the results communicated in our meetings, particularly pheomelanins even if the work was presented by a much younger colleague as I was. He helped and supported me a lot at the beginning of my carrier. Also, I would like to highlight that his studies pioneered identification of biological markers for the follow up of melanoma, and opened the door to the investigation of the role and structure of red hair pigments.
We all received much from him
I am breaking my own rule of not repeating what has been already said by others. I never personally met Hans Rorsman, but his work has been an inspiration to me in many ways. I am very sorry for his loss and that of PASPCR.
We lost a giant in the field.
Caroline Le Poole
I’m very sorry to hear about Hans. I had the opportunity to meet him and enjoyed some pleasant discussions with him which not only included science but his love for Italy. He was a clever and pleasant person and will also be remembered for his elegant style during his talks. All of us had something to learn from him and he will be missed.