Clinical Neuroscience

[In memoriam Prof. Dr. Ferenc Garzuly (1937-2021)]

ILLÉS Zsolt1,2, HAHN Katalin3, KÁLMÁN Bernadette4,5

JULY 30, 2021

Clinical Neuroscience - 2021;74(07-08)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18071/isz.74.0223

[Ferenc Garzuly passed away after a long and productive life at the age of 84. He worked for almost 60 years at the Markusovszky University Teaching Hospital, where primarily led the laboratory of neuropathology and the department of neurology, but transferred to the department of pathology after his retirement. By authoring several books on rare diseases, he greatly enriched the case-based tea­ching approach in medicine. He described the Hun­garian type of transthyretin mutation causing the familial me­nin­go­cerebrovascular amyloidosis phenotype. The presentation of a special phenotype of Fabry disease associated with megadolichobasilar anomaly and a novel mutation in the alpha-galactosidase-A gene is also associated with his name. ]

AFFILIATIONS

  1. Odense University Hospital, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  2. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Neurológiai Klinika, Pécs
  3. Markusovszky Egyetemi Oktatókórház, Neurológiai Osztály, Szombathely
  4. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Általános Orvostudományi Kar, Laboratóriumi Medicina Intézet, Pécs
  5. Pécsi Tudományegyetem, Idegtudományi Centrum, Molekuláris Neurológia Kutatócsoport, Pécs

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