Niels Borregaard, Blood Associate Editor and colleague (1951-2017)

Photo courtesy of Niels Bjørn Albinus

Niels Borregaard became an Associate Editor of Blood on January 1, 2016. Just a few months after Niels had joined our team at Blood, we were shocked to hear that he was diagnosed with lung cancer; consequently, within 6 months of beginning, he had to resign from his editorship. Not only was this a regret for us, it was also a disappointment for him, because he enjoyed the editorial work enormously from the very beginning. Niels was an “editor par excellence.” He was the Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Haematology for 14 years until 2014, and there he developed his consummate editorial skills. We were delighted when Niels joined the Blood editor team, because we sensed his affinity for editorial work and scientific publishing. Niels immediately started sharing his views and ideas with us. His careful unbiased and balanced judgments of manuscripts as an editor and his open-minded personality carried the signature of his broad expert knowledge. He was an active and proactive member in the team of Blood Editors. His death comes as a huge shock to us. The immunotherapy vaccine that was especially developed for him apparently came too late.

Niels was a clinical hematologist with a background in neutrophil research and myelopoiesis. He was based in Copenhagen, Denmark. He received his MD in Aarhus, Denmark, where he also completed his doctoral thesis on the activated neutrophil. Between 1982 and 1984 he worked with Robert A. Clark and Alfred I. Tauber in Boston. In 1998 he was appointed professor of hematology at the Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen. Niels published many papers in the field of neutrophil cell biology, and he received many awards for his work.

We at Blood will always regret that the time during which he shared his invaluable input and wisdom with the Journal was so brief. The international hematology community and the Blood Journal have lost a generous colleague and a wonderful friend.

Niels is survived by his wife and 4 children.

On behalf of the Blood Journal:
Bob Löwenberg, Editor-in-Chief
Nancy Berliner, Deputy Editor
Glenn Landis, Editorial Director
Nina Hoffman, Senior Director, Publishing