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Professor Seung-Yull Cho (1943-2019)

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Korean parasitology and the academic society of the Repub-
lic of Korea lost an outstanding person and ambassador for
medical science with the decease of Professor Seung-Yull Cho
in Seoul on 27 January 2019. A world-class parasitologist, a
leader of academic society, and an organizer and supporter of
editors for medical publications, contributions by him were
enormous and diverse in a lifetime devoted to medical science.
He was born on 16 November 1943 in Seoul, the city where
he spent almost all his lifetime. He graduated from Seoul Na-
tional University, College of Medicine. He was trained at the
Department of Parasitology, Seoul National University, Col-
lege of Medicine. As an enthusiastic and energetic student un-
der mentorship from Professor Byong-Seol Seo, he was partic-
ularly interested in control of intestinal nematode infections,
which had been highly prevalent in Korea at that time. He did
pioneering works on mass chemotherapy and evaluation of
anthelminthic efficacy and epidemiological studies including
infection dynamics. He proposed a model for mass chemo-
therapeutic control of filariasis, ascariasis, and enterobiasis.
His studies provided information about general patterns in the
distribution of geohelminths and reinfection dynamics. In
1973 he defended a dissertation on Study of the quantitative
evaluation of reinfection of Ascaris lumbricoides, for which he
was conferred a doctoral degree. This article brought him to be
a winner of an academic honor on 1978 by the Korean Society
for Parasitology (currently The Korean Society for Parasitology
and Tropical Medicine).
During 1974-2009, he served as a professor of parasitology
in several academic institutions, which included Seoul Nation-
al University (1974-1981), Chung-Ang University (1981-
1995), The Catholic University of Korea (1995-1998), and
Sungkyunkwan University (1998-2009) more than 35 years.
After retirement, he attended in Gacheon University as an in-
vited professor (2009-2018).
Exposure and immersion in the new environment were crit-
ical to pursue a career path as a medical scientist. The early
1980s were an exciting time of expansion of his scientific ex-
cursion. He built up strong conceptual foundation in host-
parasite interactions mediated by antibody responses and fo-
cused his interests on serological diagnosis of tissue invading
helminth parasites, such as Taenia solium metacestode, Para-
gonimus westermani and the sparganum. These parasites still
trigger critical food-borne helminthiases associated with dis-
ability-adjusted life years and sometimes invoke life-threaten-
ing illness globally. He applied serodiagnostic test to detect
specific antibody levels in biomaterials derived from these pa-
tients and enhanced serodiagnostic feasibility by adapting en-
zyme-linked immunosorbent assay system. He extended his
researches in analyzing relationships between clinicopatholog-
ical changes and alteration of serological profile during the
ISSN (Print) 0023-4001
ISSN (Online) 1738-0006
Korean J Parasitol Vol. 57, No. 1: 77-78, February 2019
https://doi.org/10.3347/kjp.2019.57.1.77
IN MEMORIAM
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Professor Seung-Yull Cho (1943-2019)
L'apprendimento non esaurisce mai la mente
- Leonardo da Vinci
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course of helminthic infections and between serological re-
sponsiveness and radiological characteristics. The diagnosis of
parasitic diseases, especially those involving the central ner-
vous system, could be substantially improved. He was strict to
himself, but generous to other people. He was renowned for
his patience, passions, and critical comments of the works of
colleagues during collaboration with other scientists. He al-
ways sought beyond horizon. Through this enthusiastic ef-
fort, he published approximately 300 scientific papers in the
prestigious journals, most of which are experimental in nature.
He also dedicated himself as a leader of academic commu-
nity, philologist of medical terminology, editor of medical
publications, mentor for young scientists in developing ca-
reers, and supporter for medical editors. He was a president of
Korean Society for Parasitology (1988-1989) and Korean As-
sociation of Medical Editors (2002-2005). He was elected as a
president of National Academy of Medical Science of Korea
(2010-2013). He had been an excellent editor of Korean Jour-
nal of Parasitology (1976-1987) and Journal of Korean Medi-
cal Sciences (1997-2006) over 20 years. As a result of his dedi-
cation he was an awardee of Korean Academy of Medical Sci-
ences on 2015 (KAMS Honor in Medicine Award).
Professor Seung-Yull Cho is clearly one of the most talented
parasitologists of Korea and has been widely respected for his
contributions in the field of medical science, not only in the
field of parasitology. His innovative works in parasitology and
journal editing through his lifetime will never be forgotten.
Colleagues remember him as an enthusiastic helminthologist,
great organizer and administrator, and supporter.
We have lost a dear scholar, mentor, and friend. Korea has
lost a true ambassador of parasitology and medical science,
who has spent his life in the virtue of an ideal spirit. With the
deepest condolence and sorrowful love of the rest, we burn in-
cense. Rest in peace in endless divine afterworld.
Yoon Kong
Department of Molecular Parasitology, Sungkyunkwan Uni-
versity School of Medicine, Suwon 16419, Korea.
kongy@skku.edu
... His presentation might have been the first introduction of DOIs in Korea. The late Prof. Seung-Yull Cho [5] attended that conference. He said to me that he heard that DOIs would be useful for journal publication at the conference. ...
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