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In Memoriam

Nestor Schor

Nestor Schor

Sergio Draibe


Citation: Draibe S. Nestor Schor. Braz. J. Nephrol. (J. Bras. Nefrol.) 40(2):98.

In our hands lies the painful task of communicating the passing of Professor Doctor Nestor Schor, who left us on February 3, 2018 at the age of 71. The pain felt by his family and close friends is also felt in the Brazilian and international medical and scientific communities and in his second home, the Escola Paulista de Medicina of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp). A kind, generous, and unique soul, Dr. Schor will be greatly missed.

Son to the late Tuba and Hirsch Schor, Nestor is survived by his daughters, grandchildren, brothers, and partner.

Professor Schor''s brilliant career started in 1972, when he graduated at the Escola Paulista de Medicina, where he completed his residency on general practice and nephrology in 1975. He enrolled with the doctoral program of the recently created Nephrology Graduate Program, and had classes with prominent professors Malnic, Sabbaga, Ajzen, and Oswaldo

Ramos. He was advised by Professor Sérgio Stella and defended his thesis on the behavior and distribution of nephrons in guinea pigs submitted to different experimental conditions in 1977.

His postdoctoral studies took him to Harvard Medical School, where he was advised by Barry Brenner. He performed micropunctures on the nephrons of guinea pigs and analyzed the intraglomerular hemodynamics of animals on drug protocols and other experimental conditions.

In the eighties, he opened the renal lithiasis ward and started clinical and experimental trials on kidney stones.

In 1993 he took a sabbatical leave for a year and went to the Weill Cornell Medical School, where he developed studies on lab-cultured renal cells, opening new paths in Cellular and Molecular Biology.

He focused his efforts in the study of glomerular and tubular cells and the pathophysiology of conditions such as ischemic acute kidney injury, sepsis, nephrotoxicity, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes mellitus.

Professor Schor played a number of significant roles at Unifesp. In 1989, he was given the title of Lecturer; in 1992, he became a full professor of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine. He was the head of the Nephrology course, Head of the Department of Medicine, President of the Fundação Oswaldo Ramos/Hospital do Rim, and Pro-Rector of post - Graduate Education at Unifesp.

He chaired the Paulista Society of Nephrology (SBN) and the Brazilian Society of Nephrology.

In 2000, he became a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; in 2004, he was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine.

In 2007, Dr. Schor chaired the World Congress of Nephrology in Rio de Janeiro.

He published over 400 papers in Brazilian and international journals including book chapters and full articles, a good portion of them in publications of considerable scientific renown. Professor Schor advised more than 80 researchers in their M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies; a number of his former students are now teaching classes and conducting research at federal universities in Brazil.

He also worked in the editorial board of numerous specialized journals such as the Brazilian Journal of Urology; the American Journal of Kidney Diseases; the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension; Renal Failure; and Kidney International.

Dr. Schor was the recipient of dozens of awards. The Latin American Society of Nephrology bestowed on him his latest award for his life''s work as a professor and researcher. His Lattes Curriculum also includes the following: Best Basic Science Abstract (2005), granted by the International Continence Society; first place in the original article category (2005); Award and Title of Commander of the National Order of Scientific Merit, granted by the Minister of Science and Technology and the President of the Republic (2002); International Medal from the National Kidney Foundation, USA (2003); Lifetime Achievement Award for "Recognition of Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Urolithiasis Research"(2012); Award from the President of the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (2014).

His scientific-cultural legacy is already part of the nephrology knowledge and certainly is inspiring the scientific activity of his friends, students and followers.

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