Obituary: Christian Guilleminault

In Memoriam: Christian Guilleminault (1938-2019)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Christian Guilleminault on July 9, 2019, who died peacefully at the age of 80 with his family in attendance. Christian led many ground-breaking advances in sleep medicine that included early descriptions and classification of sleep apnoea, narcolepsy, and paediatric sleep disorders. Christian obtained his MD at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris (France) in 1962, and his Doctorate in medicine in 1968 at the same institution. He did his neurology training in Paris, followed by psychiatry training in Geneva. He moved to Stanford University, USA, in 1972 where he remained for the rest of his academic career. Christian remained highly productive in research throughout subsequent years and indeed has authored several original research papers published in 2019. He has been a key opinion leader throughout the years and played a central role in the development of guidelines and other policy documents that have defined and classified many sleep disorders

Christian has been a member of ESRS since 1974 and attended many ESRS Congresses where he made valuable contributions to discussions and debate. His passing represents a great loss to the field of sleep medicine, and he will be greatly missed at our Congresses. On behalf of the ESRS membership, I extend sincere condolences to his widow, Priscilla, and sons, Eric and Damian.

Walter McNicholas



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