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The HHV-6 Research Community mourns the loss of Niza Frenkel, PhD

1947 – 2019 Niza Frenkel, a world-renowned virologist, passed away in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 30, 2019. Born in Israel, she completed her graduate studies at the University of Chicago (MSc. and PhD) and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She then joined the faculty of the University of Chicago (1974-88) where she became a tenured, full professor, and where she made pioneering scientific contributions to the understanding of human herpesviruses including the applications of reassociation kinetics to measure nucleic acid abundance, features of the origins of lytic replication, identification and characterization of the virion host shutoff mRNAse and the structure of defective viral genomes. Subsequently, she joined the NIH, as Chief of Viral …

The HHV-6 Research Community mourns the loss of Yoshizo Asano, MD, PhD

Yoshizo Asano was a dedicated scientist and physician, friend and mentor. We will always remember his tireless efforts on behalf of patients and the research community. Educaton & Degrees: Scientific Contributions: Pathogenesis, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of viral infections (varicella-zoster virus, HHV-6, and HHV-7) in childhood. Recipient of the HHV-6 Foundation  Dharam Ablashi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is co-author of over 120 papers on HHV-6 and HHV-7. Virus specific cell-mediated immunity may play a role in controlling reactivated human herpesvirus 6B in patients under measles induced immunosuppression. 2014 Serum biomarker kinetics with three different courses of HHV-6B encephalitis. 2012 Development of quantitative RT-PCR assays for detection of three classes of HHV-6B gene transcripts. 2012 Rhabdomyolysis in an infant …