Prof. Gérard Siest was among the founding members of ESPT in 2011, and was an important inspiratory and driver of the society. He served as ESPT president from 2012 – 2016. Under his leadership, ESPT gained worldwide visibility and became an important scientific stakeholder in the field of pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine.
Prof. Siest was emeritus professor of molecular biology and biochemical pharmacology at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and former director of the postgraduate course in Biochemical Pharmacology at the University Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France. He was also the founder and head of the clinical laboratory and research group of the “Centre de Médecine Preventive” in Nancy for 37 years (1968-2005). As an extremely hardworking person Prof. Gérard Siest was well known to the scientific community as author of more than 800 publications in peer reviewed journals and his work was honoured by 27 awards from sixteen different countries. He was strongly involved in activities of many international and european professional societies, and served as President of IFCC (1991-1996). Prof Siest also was active in many editorial boards, and had an important role in the ESPT journal DMPT.