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Paul Casaer °1940 - 2020

It is with great sadness that the BSPN shares the passing of emeritus professor Paul Casaer on July 30th 2020.

In 1975 Paul Casaer was the pioneer of pediatric neurology in Flanders. He was the founding director of the pediatric neurology department in Leuven, which he developed into a large international program with subspecialty care programs. Professor Casaer was a gifted clinician, a talented teacher and educator for students and residents/fellows, and a successful clinical researcher. Paul Casaer was the initiator and co-founder of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Centre Pulderbos. He was co-founder (1976) and the first president of the Belgian Society of Pediatric Neurology (BSPN), the first president of the European Society of Pediatric Neurology (ESPN), and secretary-general and president of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA). Along with professor Victor Dubowitz he was co-founding editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Pediatric Neurology.

In addition to his career and achievements in the pediatric neurology field, Paul Casaer greatly contributed to the advancement of pediatrics. He was a pediatrician with heart and soul. Between 1995 and 2005 he was the chairman of the university children’s hospital in Leuven. He contributed to the Belgian Society of Pediatrics as executive board member, and he was co-founder and president of the Belgische Academie voor Kindergeneeskunde.

Paul Casaer will be deeply missed. We will remember him, with great respect and gratitude, as an exceptional and passionate clinician, mentor and teacher, leader, a wonderful colleague, a warm personality, a good friend.

We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends, and the many colleagues around the world who had the privilege of being trained by him and of working with him.

Gunnar Buyse
President, Belgian Society of Pediatric Neurology