In Memoriam: GIOVANNI FAGLIA (1930-2012)
Giovanni Faglia, who died on January 14th, aged 81, graduated in Medicine in 1955 and devoted all his life to Endocrinology as a scientist, teacher and clinician. He carried out his career at the University of Milan, where he founded the Institute of Endocrine Sciences and the School of Specialization in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases. He selected and guided capable collaborators, and with them the “Faglia’s School of Endocrinology” became highly appreciated and respected both nationally and globally for its contribution to scientific advancement in the field of pathophysiology of pituitary adenomas, thyroid and adrenal gland disorders. Faglia’s School of Endocrinology was an example of an excellent integration between clinical and basic research, as well as of worthwhile collaborations between national and international institutions. Some of his scientific results form part of our current scientific knowledge and daily clinical practice.
He was a mentor for generations of medical students and was an ideal role model for patient-oriented researchers. He was exceptionally supportive of his junior collaborators and enjoyed challenging them to solve endocrinological problems. At meetings, his questions were always curious, rational and very intelligent. His scientific range was broad, but his interest extended even further to general literature, philosophy and renaissance thought. He was always stimulating company and seemed to know something interesting about - and held a strong opinion on - almost any subject. His personal research was always carried out with scrupulous techniques, ceaselesslyupdated, and were delivered to the international literature in more than 200 peer-reviewed original papers. Giovanni Faglia, founded with Aldo Pinchera the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation in 1978 and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal from 1997 to 2001. He was President of many Societies, including the Italian Society of Endocrinology, the Pituitary Society and the European NeuroEndocrinology Association. Indeed, he was one of the founders of this prominent Association. In 1988, he was the Clinical Endocrinology Trust Visiting Professor at several UK Universities and was awarded the Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine. In 2001 he received the prestigious Geoffrey Harris Prize for Neuroendocrinology. In 2005 he was appointed Emeritus Professor of the University of Milan.
His personality, wisdom and style will be remembered by all who crossed his path. We have lost a great endocrinologist, a trustworthy leader and a dear friend who impacted those who worked closely with him, and also those who interacted with him at a distance.
Paolo Beck-Peccoz and Anna Spada, on behalf of Giovanni Faglia’s pupils