We are deeply saddened by the loss Prof Vilezlav Kolek, who passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2020. Prof Kolek was a world-renowned lung disease expert, an important respiratory leader and one of the frontiers of GARD. He was the initiator and coordinator of GARD in the Czech Republic. His contributions were many and significant including but not limited to establishing successful cooperation between pulmonologists and allergists; and organizing numerous national and international activities on chronic respiratory diseases as well as on patient education.
We are forever in debt to Prof Kolek and grateful for his tireless efforts in the respiratory community and GARD. We extend to Prof Kolek’s family, colleagues and friends our most heartfelt sorrow and condolences, he will be missed!