Commemorative note for Asghar Aghamohammadi (1951-2020)

Asghar Aghamohammadi (born in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, Iran) was an Iranian medical scientist, immunologist and clinical immunology professor at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has studied in many institutes, including the Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Great Ormond Street Hospital (Institute of Child Health) and the University of Toyama. He has been one of the most distinguished Iranian Immunologists and awarded many national scientific prizes for his works, mostly in the field of primary immunodeficiency. He was recognized internationally by hundreds of publications in this field and was the most important contributor to awareness of primary immunodeficiencies and to the management of immunodeficient patients in Iran.

Dear Asghar, you have left us all alone. Without you, everything will be different, and it will be a long time before the wound your passing has created finally heals. There are no words to express the depth of our loss of a wonderful friend and great physician. Since our first meeting, working with you has taught me a great deal about predictability and correctness, and about exactitude and devotion to one’s patients and community. You were not content to remain a silent member of our community. Like most of us, you believed strongly in the challenging goals of our professional family, which was created for the benefit of patients with primary immunodeficiencies in Europe and Asia. You and your colleagues in Iran did remarkable work to build the J Project community both in your home country and internationally. We shall miss your constructive, helpful and thoughtful comments, and your chair, which was always occupied at our gatherings, will now seem very empty. Your enthusiasm, hard work and continual desire for innovation and clinical research will be much missed among your colleagues and friends.

Our grief is indescribable, but I console myself in thinking that you are somewhere out there, reading this message, and that a part of you will always remain with us. Your kind smile and voice, and the great value of your achievements will remain with us, your friends, colleagues and patients, and will be forever inscribed on our hearts and souls. Goodbye, until we meet again, my Dear Asghar. Rest in peace. We will try to carry on your good work. 

With deepest condolences to the Aghamohammadi family at this time of great sadness, 

László Maródi, on behalf of the The J Project Community

Please find the article of the Journal of Clinical Immunology here: In Memoriam: Asghar Aghamohammadi!