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LETTERS LETTRES

In memoriam of Dr. David White, pelled our centre forward at a particu- xenotransplantation. He was meant
PhD, FRCPath (19462017) larly exciting time in transplantation. to give the lecture at the International
For the next 20 years there was an Xenotransplantation Association
David White was my long-time friend excellent and fruitful exchange of meeting in the autumn. His family
and colleague. Our friendship began information between Cambridge and will accept the honour for him.
just before the cyclosporine era when London. David was always open to By all measures David had a dis-
I was in Cambridge learning trans- sharing his latest research. Following tinguished career. He served on the
plant surgery from Prof. Roy Calne. cyclosporines success, David editorial boards of 7 journals, he
David was investigating experimental redirected his research to solving the published extensively, and he lec-
approaches to preventing rejection in problem of the inadequate number of tured widely. He was a good person,
Sir Roys department when Sir Roy donor organs. He produced trans- a valued colleague, and a fine friend.
showed first in the laboratory and genic (hDAF) pigs in an attempt to
then in patients the effectiveness of abrogate the accelerated rejection that William J. Wall, MD
cyclosporine in controlling rejection. normally defeats xenotransplants. His Affiliation: From Western University, London,
David was SirRoys closest collabora- research was central to recruiting him Ont.
tor in those pivotal studies that trans- to take the then newly established
formed transplantation into one of Stiller/Novartis Chair in Xenotrans- References
the greatest achievements of modern plantation at Western University in
medicine. 2000. Cross appointments in 3depart- 1. McAlister V. Doceo ergo sum: mentoring
In the winter of 1978, David ments were indicative of his wonderful surgeons. Can J Surg 2017;60:76-7.
brought to our centre in London, capacity to work with many individ
Ont., the first sample of cyclosporine uals. He was always quick to acknow DOI: 10.1503/cjs.1760041
to leave Britain. That sample was ledge the contributions of others, one
important, I believe, to Dr. Calvin of his many admirable traits.1
Stiller, conducting in Canada the first Davids most recent award was the Editors note: Dr. Whites curriculum
vitae and Dr. Walls eulogy for him
randomized trial with the drug in kid- Reemtsma Lecture, given to honor are available at https://tspace.library.
ney recipients. The results were as an eminent scientist, recognizing her utoronto.ca/handle/1807/77607
dramatic as expected and they pro- or his contributions to the field of

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