In Memoriam: Dr German A. Camejo (1936–2021)

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      Dr German Camejo, a pioneer in the field of lipoproteins proteoglycan interactions, passed away on November 29th, 2021 at the age of 85. German was born in Venezuela, where he obtained a Licentiate at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He then moved to the USA, where he obtained his PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, after which he returned to Venezuela to pursue an academic career, initially at the Central University in Caracas and later at the Venezuelan Research Institute, where his laboratory played a central role in the development of that institute and its achievement of international recognition. His early work provided an understanding of how lipoproteins interact with proteoglycans by demonstrating the role of ionic interactions between positively charged amino acids in apolipoprotein B100 with negatively charged residues on the glycosaminoglycan side chains of proteoglycans. These seminal findings laid the foundation for a large body of work by many researchers throughout the world related to the role of lipoprotein retention in the initiation and genesis of atherosclerosis.
      After spending a sabbatical in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1986, German and his wife Eva moved permanently to Gothenburg, where German became a professor of Clinical Biochemistry in the Wallenberg Laboratory at the University of Gothenburg. He continued to make numerous, important contributions to our understanding of how various lipoproteins interact with matrix molecules. In 1990, German moved to Hässle (which later became AstraZeneca), where he worked as a Senior Principal Scientist in Metabolism and Head of the Department of Biochemistry. In this capacity, he retained his connections with the Wallenberg Laboratory, as well as with his scientific colleagues throughout the world, including his home country of Venezuela. He continued his longstanding and productive research career until his retirement at the age of 75, after which he was appointed as an associate researcher at the Department of Clinical Chemistry, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. German received important scientific awards and recognition in Venezuela, including being President of the Venezuelan Atherosclerosis Society, receipt of the Medal Francisco de Miranda for Academic Merits, and the Humberto Fernandez Moran Medal for Science Achievements. German was a member of the JLR Editorial Board for more than 20 years and a highly valued reviewer whose input contributed significantly to the journal’s success.
      In addition to his outstanding and innovative scientific achievements, German was a true Renaissance man with numerous interests outside of science. His warmth, enthusiasm, vitality, and sense of humor will be fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of interacting with him scientifically and socially. The picture above shows German involved in one of the many pastimes at which he excelled. He leaves behind his wife Eva, and children Teobaldo, German A. Jr., Maqui, and Sarah Elena, and their families.