Clinical Autonomic Research (2018) 28:351 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10286-018-0535-x LE T TER TO THE EDITOR 1 1 1 1 1 Walter Struhal · Roland D Thijs · Anne Pavy–Le Traon · Gregor Wenning · Jean Michel Senard Received: 27 April 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published online: 30 May 2018 © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 With great sadness The European Federation of Autonomic autonomic dysfunctions, including acute autonomic neurop- Societies (EFAS) reports the death of Sir Roger Bannister athy, and he developed tests for structured and precise meas- on March 3, 2018. Sir Roger Bannister was born on March urements of the autonomic nervous system. In addition, he 23 1929 in Harrow, England. Following his school exams focused on multiple system atrophy and pure autonomic fail- he attended the University College School, London, where ure and broadened the spectrum of management strategies. he obtained his undergraduate degree, followed by medical Sir Roger Bannister was a neurologist at St Mary’s Hos- school at Oxford University. pital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neuro- Sir Roger Bannister was one of the best runners of his surgery in Queen Square and initiated Autonomic Units at time. He became famous worldwide as the first runner to run both hospitals. These Units continue to be leading referral a mile in less than 4 min (the “miracle mile”). He himself centers in Western Europe (further enriched by his successor considered his fourth position and the British record at the Christopher Mathias). Thus, Sir Roger Bannister also influ - Olympic finals for the 1500-m race and his first place at the enced clinical and scientific work on the autonomic nervous British Empire and Commonwealth Games as well as his system thoughout Europe. scientific contributions within 40 highly productive years Among his many other commitments, he served as Chair- as a neurologist as the most important landmarks in his life. man of the Sports Council, the ICSSPE/CIEPPS, and as Although he was one of the world’s best runners of his time, Master of Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He was he retired in 1954 from professional running to concentrate knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975. on his medical career. With the passing of Sir Roger Bannister, the field of Euro - In his 40 years as a neurologist he significantly advanced pean autonomic neurology has lost one of its giants. the field. One of his many contributions to neurology was The EFAS Council. his focus on the autonomic nervous system. He characterized * Walter Struhal email@example.com European Federation of Autonomic Societies (EFAS), Toulouse, France Vol.:(0123456789) 1 3
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