Angelo Scanu Memorial
Tribute to Angelo Scanu (1924–2018)
Angelo Scanu spent almost the whole of his illustrious scientific career at the University of Chicago. Actually, he had 2 distinguished careers there: one devoted to plasma HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and the other to Lp(a) (lipoprotein(a)).
Angelo had come to the United States in 1955 on a Fulbright Scholarship, working with Irvine Page at the Cleveland Clinic and with Walter Hughes at the Brookhaven National Laboratories. It was at this time he began his pioneering work on lipoproteins, developing a delipidation procedure that yielded apolipoproteins in essentially a lipid-free state. This breakthrough opened up the field of apolipoprotein research. He came to the University of Chicago in 1961 to do his American internship in internal medicine—a second internship, having done the first one in Italy, where he had graduated cum laude from Sassari University Medical School in 1949. Angelo then joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he remained until his retirement in 2011.
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