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  • Dr. Alex Stacoff - i-FAB tribute

    Dear all,

    Below is a tribute to our colleague on the i-FAB steering group, Alex Stacoff. We enjoyed his company only a few weeks ago in Bologna Italy at our first congress. He was instrumental is establishing i-FAB and will be sadly missed as a colleague and friend.

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    Dear all i-FAB members,

    It is with great sadness that we must report to you that Alex Stacoff, one of the founder members of i-FAB, passed away last Friday (26.9.08). This is an untimely loss to his family, his friends, and to the scientific community.

    Alex's research record speaks for itself. As a senior academic at the Institute of Biomechanics within ETH Zurich, Alex worked at one of the worlds leading Universities, and one with an enviable biomechanics heritage. He published widely in the best quality journals and tutored many students through Masters and Doctorate studies. He published 13 papers in the last 3 years alone and he was a co-author on all but three of these papers. This speaks to the way he was open to collaboration and to facilitating the work of others. Alex was involved in i-FAB from the outset because he strongly believed in the value of working collaboratively and supporting the work of others. His contribution to ISB over many years is a testament to his commitment and dedication.

    Beyond his research, Alex's personal qualities will live on in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to work with him. He was the consummate professional scholar, an intellectual who worked with integrity to drive new initiatives to the benefit of all around him. He supported younger and emerging researchers with their ideas and played an important mentoring role for many people in their careers.

    Having experienced some health problems in recent years, his recent publication record and enthusiasm for i-FAB provides a model of how to triumph over adversity and return with renewed energy and determination.

    Above all perhaps, Alex has left us some important signposts indicating how quiet, diligent, selfless work can make a huge contribution. He was a true gentleman in every sense and we have all benefited from knowing him.

    Our thoughts are with his wife Moni and family.


    the i-FAB steering group

    Chris Nester
    Alberto Leardini
    Dieter Rosenbaum
    Peter Cavanagh
    Ming Zhang

    Professor Christopher Nester BSc (Hons) PhD
    Centre for Rehabilitation and Human Performance Research
    Brian Blatchford Building, office PO.17
    University of Salford, Salford
    M6 6PU, England
    tel: ++ 44 (0) 161 295 2275
    fax: ++ 44 (0) 161 295 2668