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European Journal of Dermatology


Stefania (Stephanie) Jablonska 1923-2017 Professor of Dermatology, Warsaw Medical University, Poland Emeritus board member, European Journal of Dermatology Volume 27, numéro 4, July-August 2017


Research Director at CNRS, Laboratory for Dermatological Research, LBTI, UMR5305 CNRS and University of Lyon 1, 8, Av. Rockefeller, 69373 Lyon, France
a I joined the department of dermatology run by Prof. S. Jablonska as a medical student, in the ’70. The department was renowned as an excellent, international level research centre. Despite difficult times in Poland, I could frequently go abroad for dermatological conventions such as the AAD and ESDR. It was amazing to me to meet so many friendly leaders of that time, such as Professors O. Braun-Falco, G. Orth, EH. Beutner, R. Cormane, K. Wolff, S. Katz, A. Kligman, E. Christophers, to cite just a few. My mission to revive links with the department led by Prof. J. Thivolet resulted, eventually, to my expatriation to France. This was at the time of the “state of war”, imposed on Poland following the crackdown on the “Solidarity” movement. My decision to move was largely motivated by the prospect of successfully continuation of my research in Lyon, which appeared to be compromised in Warsaw at that time. Despite administrative obstacles, Stephanie Jablonska and I have kept in touch and our professional relationship has evolved towards friendship.

It was late in the evening but the telephone continued to ring on the desk of the huge office of Professor Stefania Jablonska, distracting her from examination of dozens of histology slides still due to be seen. Most of the staff of the Department of Dermatology at Warsaw's Medical Academy had already left and only the most passionate collaborators remained to discuss laboratory findings. Driven to desperation by the incessant incoming calls, Stephanie finally picked up the receiver and calmly responded: [...]