Hommage au Pr Dominique CHOPIN - In Memory of Dominique Chopin

14 juillet 2006

Auteurs : Ralph Buttyan
Référence : Prog Urol, 2005, 15, 6, 1212, suppl. 1

While I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of Dominique Chopin, my own grief on hearing of his passing was as for the loss of a brother. From our first meeting over 17 years ago at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, I was privileged to Dominique's friendship, his warm hospitality and his driving enthusiasm to better understand the genetic basis for urogenital tract tumors.

I could not have found a more outstanding partner to work with in exploring the molecules involved in prostate disease and to develop a better understanding of these disease states.

Our laboratories were joined in this work and our partnership enabled me the opportunity to experience the unique environment of the INSERM laboratory at Créteil which was the crowning achievement of his life's work now cut short. This work continues and will always be a testament to Dominique's tireless efforts through his long hours of clinical practice and basic research to help those with urological tumors.

But my memories of Dominique are not limited to our research interactions. He was a good friend with whom I could auspiciously share a coffee, wine or even a dinner with his family or mine in the comfort of our homes. There were the times when we would laugh at the foibles of our colleagues or the business of science or medicine but he was not a man to disparage.

Rather, he was a humble, forward-looking soul whose life philosophy was to "be here now". He was very proud of his children and certainly loved his family and home though I sometimes wondered about his ability to work such long hours that started in the clinic and ended late in the lab. In the end, I think that he viewed his profession with an admiral passion that few persons share.

Other things come mind when I think of Dominique; his arrangements for the joint SBUR-ESUR meeting in Paris that afforded us the wonder of a reception with the Mayor of Paris is the remarkable Hotel de Ville; my ties to his outstanding and superb colleagues and friends in France including Marc and Judy Colombel of Lyon, Alexandre and Odile de la Taille, Laurent Salomon, Francis Vacherot and Claude Abbou of Créteil that may not have been without him; and finally, the hours spent in his laboratory and office considering and discussing the science of prostate and bladder cancer that passed all too rapidly.

Dominique, my brother and friend, you will be sorely missed. But your contributions will endure and your work will continue through those that you trained and inspired, including myself.