Professor Jean-Pierre DEMANEZ

Honorary lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, died on September 22, 2020


Graduated in Medicine, Surgery and Childbirth at the ULiège in 1964, Professor Demanez never left the University.

In 1960, he joined the ENT department as an extern for one year, to continue his training as an intern and to be certified as an ENT specialist in 1969.
He also specialized in rehabilitation for the socially handicapped, hearing and speech and obtained his accreditation in 1983.


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Lecturer at the University of Liège since 1968, he became Head of the Department of ENT and Audiophonology as well as of the Department of Speech and Language Rehabilitation in 1993, before being permanently appointed in 1996, a position he held until 2002.

Appointed Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine since 1996, Professor Demanez was also author and co-author of 65 publications and introduced and developed otologic surgery at the University of Liege. His research on vertigo and its exploration has brought him international recognition. The Central Hearing Assessment that he developed is still used today.

In addition to his qualities as a teacher and researcher, Professor Demanez was above all a clinician appreciated by his patients towards whom he showed great empathy.


Professor Roger Harold UNGER

Doctor honoris causa of the University of Liege, deceased on August 22, 2020



Born in New York on March 7, 1924 and a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities, Professor Unger spent his entire career at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School where until a few weeks ago he was Director of the Touchstone Centre for Diabetes Research.

A pioneer in diabetes research, he demonstrated the essential role of a hyperglycemic hormone of the pancreas, glucagon, in the pathogenesis of diabetes. His work has opened up new approaches to the treatment of diabetes.


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Il ont été couronnés par de nombreux Prix prestigieux dont le Prix Banting de l’American Diabetes Association, le Prix Claude Bernard de l’Association Européenne pour l’ Etude du Diabète et le Prix Rolf Luft décerné par le Karolinska Institutet de Stockholm.

La longévité scientifique du Professeur Unger était exceptionnelle. A plus de 90 ans, il présentait encore régulièrement ses travaux à la National Academy of Sciences à Washington et restait un des auteurs les plus cités en Diabétologie.

Chaleureux, charismatique et heureux de s’exprimer en Français, il était un ami fidèle de notre Institution.

Le Professeur Unger avait reçu les insignes de Docteur honoris causa de l’Université de Liège en 1980, sur proposition de la Faculté de Médecine.


Professor Jean-Pierre ARCHAMBAUD

Doctor honoris causa of the University of Liege, deceased on July 16, 2020


Professor Archambaud was Professor of Urology at the Claude Bernard University in Lyon and an illustrious representative of the French School of Urology.

He devoted the early part of his career to fundamental research and in 1973 was awarded the prize of the Société Nationale de Médecine et Sciences médicales de Lyon as well as the "Synapse" prize of the Fondation pour la recherche médicale.

The abundance of his publications, their quality and diversity show that he has been interested with great ingenuity in all fields of urology.

In particular, he has acquired an international reputation for his work on renal transplantation and in the field of neuro-urology.

Professor Jean-Pierre Archambaud received the insignia of Doctor honoris causa from the University of Liège in 1991, upon proposal of the Faculty of Medicine.



Mr. Benoît DELISÉ

Doctor of Medicine, student in a Master's program specializing in general medicine, deceased on June 15, 2020


Mr. Delisé studied medicine at ULiège from the end of his secondary education. He obtained the title of Doctor of Medicine in 2016.

Afterwards, he started his specialization in general medicine, still at ULiège.




Professor Marc ANSSEAU

Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, deceased on March 31, 2020



Professor Ansseau began his career at ULiège in 1976 and retired in 2016.

After graduating as a specialist in Psychiatry from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Liege in 1980, Professor Ansseau worked for a year at the University of Pittsburg with Professor David Kupfer. In 1985, he presented a doctoral thesis dedicated to "the interest of REM sleep latency as a biological marker of depressive states" and an aggregation thesis in 1992 dedicated to "the diagnostic and therapeutic use of biological markers of depression".



Academically, Professor Ansseau was appointed Lecturer in Psychiatry at ULiège in 1995, Professor in 2003, and his career was completed by a promotion to the rank of Ordinary Professor in 2005.

Professor Ansseau has published more than 400 research articles. He has received several national and international awards for his essential contribution to the advancement of knowledge in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology.

From the beginning of his specialization in Psychiatry, Professor Ansseau developed a model of the clinical activity of benzodiazepines along 5 axes. They were widely used, so much so that they quickly became "Ansseau's stars". The originality of the model is that it will help the prescriber in the choice of an anxiolytic molecule by allowing him to evaluate at a glance the fundamental properties of a benzodiazepine through the 5 branches of a star and a graduation of their intensity on each axis.

For didactic purposes, the stars are still used in Psychiatry textbooks and serve as a model in many international schools to analyze other psychotropic drugs or to illustrate psychopathological concepts.

At the same time, Professor Ansseau proved to be a pioneer in the field of public information and education.

Beyond the stars, what characterized Professor Marc Ansseau was his humanity.

As Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology for 20 years, Professor Ansseau instilled his values and benevolence in his entire team and offered each person the freedom to achieve his or her full potential. Whether a woman or a man, Professor Ansseau had the ability to bring out the answers to the questions asked.

His wisdom, humor and compassion also produced concentric circles of influence with his patients. His position as a psychiatrist gave him a privileged view of the silent and peaceful transmissions that occur from one individual to another. By allowing his interlocutors to express themselves, Professor Ansseau invariably reinforced the other person's self-esteem and readiness to reveal himself.

The work of the new generation continues to build on these fundamental scientific discoveries.

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