International BioIron Society

In Memory of Dr. Giuliana (Giuli) Zanninelli

With great sorrow we announce the death of Dr. Giuliana (Giuli) Zanninelli, who passed away on February 2, 2011, after a long and courageous struggle against a malignant disease. She was only 50 years old when she left a husband, Itzik, two daughters, Ylenia 14 years and Liza 12 years, a mother and two sisters and numerous friends and colleagues worldwide. Giuli was known in the iron research community for her flair for clinical research on iron overload disorders and chelation, but above all for her radiant, warm, generous and captivating personality.

Giuli earned a medical degree in Rome, trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. While working in John Gollan's laboratory in Harvard Medical School she made her first steps in iron metabolism and toxicity, together with Pierre Brissot, whom she followed to Rennes for PhD studies, part of which she completed in Jerusalem with Ioav Cabantchik. Wherever she worked she left the footprints of kindness, enthusiasm for medical research and a zest for life that, although it came to an early end, it will not be forgotten by all those who had the privilege to know her.

Pierre Brissot, Rennes
Ioav Cabantchik, Jerusalem

posted: February 5, 2011