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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Celiac Disease, Past, Present, and Future. Dr. David Branski

The July 2014 supplemental issue of JPGN highlights the distinguished career of Dr. David Branski.  Dr. Branski was presented with the ESPGHAN Distinguished Service Award in May of 2013, in part due to his numerous research contributions within the field of celiac disease.  As discussed by his colleagues in this month’s special feature, Professor Branski authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 45 chapters and review articles, 10 books, and 18 book series.  This includes his contributions to the gastrointestinal section of the recent editions of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.

Dr. Branski was active in many professional organizations, both globally and within his native Israel.  He was also one of the most active members of ESPGHAN.  His attendance at annual ESPGHAN meetings was without interruption since 1980.  He was appointed as ESPGHAN Editor-in-Chief of JPGN in 2010 and served in this capacity until the week that he passed away.  His contributions to JPGN extended well beyond his expected duties and were instrumental in furthering the mission of our journal.  Dr. Branski died in August 2013 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.  He left a lasting legacy within our specialty that will lead to the improvement of childhood health for decades to come.

Along these lines, Dr. Branski’s publications within JPGN and his personal research were instrumental in the development of this July 2014 supplemental issue of JPGN.  The links below include the current JPGN supplemental issue on Celiac Disease, as well as the 2012 ESPGHAN guidelines for diagnosis of Celiac disease co-authored by Dr. Branski.

Presentation of the 2013 ESPGHAN Distinguished Service Award to Professor David Branski

July 2014 Supplement 1; Celiac Disease

January 2012: ESPGHAN Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Coeliac Disease