In honor of the retirement of Prof. Herman Meurs, a farewell symposium was organized on December 9th, 2016 to celebrate the scientific achievements Herman has made during his career. The symposium featured many close scientific collaborators of Herman, who made it all the way from overseas to join Herman on this wonderful day: Prof. Alastair Stewart (Melbourne, Australia) with whom Herman did his sabbatical, Profs. Raymond Penn (Jefferson University) and Andrew Halayko (University of Manitoba), and Prof. Harm Maarsingh (palm Beach Atlantic University), former PhD student of Herman.
Herman contributed several key findings to the scientific literature and was best known for his work on the mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness. Key findings include the role of muscarinic receptors and their cross-talk with beta receptors, and the role of nitric oxide metabolism and the enzyme arginase. The scientific lectures presented at the symposium were centered around these scientific themes, and were followed by an inspiring tour though Herman's life as scientist and mentor, presented by Herman himself.
On behalf of all members of the department of Molecular Pharmacology, we thank everyone for making this such an enjoyable day for Herman. He will now devote his time more to jazz and blues music, for which he aims to open a small venue together with his wife Geny. We wish him all the best with this new endeavor!