Anaphylaxis UK is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Frans Timmermans, founder of the Dutch Anaphylaxis Network and a dedicated member of European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI).
After retiring in 1996, Frans dedicated his life to anaphylaxis, related to the fact that one of his daughters had serious peanut and nut allergies. He found through his own work that information to patients and parents of food allergic children was lacking. He founded the Dutch Anaphylaxis Network to help patients and parents become better informed about food allergies and treatment and later, he also helped to provide training to patients.
In a message published to their website, EAACI described Frans as having an important role in getting patient voices heard, being the first patient member of the EAACI board. He also participated in the development of many EAACI guidelines.
Lynne Regent, former CEO of Anaphylaxis UK (formerly Anaphylaxis Campaign), said:
“I came to know Frans when I was CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign. His knowledge and understanding of anaphylaxis was extremely impressive. He was always willing to share this generously with colleagues involved in allergy charities in many countries. He will be much missed.”
Our condolences go to the family and friends of Frans Timmermans at this difficult time.
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