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article imageGeneticist David Rimoin has died

By Tim Sandle     May 31, 2012 in Science
The leading Canadian geneticist David Rimon has died aged 75. He was a specialist in diabetes, being he first person to identify that there was more that one type of diabetes, and dwarfism.
The geneticist David Rimoin passed away on May 27. He died from pancreatic cancer, having only been diagnosed with the disease a few days before.
David Rimoin was born in 1936 in Montreal, Canada. He gained his doctorate in human genetics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
According to the L.A. Times Dr. Rimon was based at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was one of the first researchers to recognize the genetic components of diabetes (he was the first to discover the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 forms of the disease). In addition he helped establish screening programs for Tay-Sachs disease, and studied the genetics of dwarfism and other skeletal abnormalities.
Sts News notes that Dr. Rimon was not a desk bound scientist and frequently went out into the field. Whilst studying dwarfism, for example, David Rimoin traveled to a pygmy village in the Central African Republic, to circuses, and to little peoples’ meetings, collecting blood samples.
In relation to his research into dwarfism he established a registry of diagnostic data for bone and cartilage disorders in 1970. Due to this work Dr. Rimon was recognized as an honorary life member of the Little People of America.
In tribute American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) President Wayne Grody said “For most of the formative years of our specialty, David was the face of medical genetics to the rest of organized medicine and to the public.”
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