In memory of Professor Franck Bonnetain

Professor Franck Bonnetain, Head of Methodology and Quality of Life in Oncology Department at the CHRU Besançon (France), passed away on Saturday the 20th May, 2017 of an aggressive cancer at age 44.

Franck was a Full Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Besançon since 2012. He received a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from School of Public Health (Nancy, France). He obtained a PhD in Public Health with Epidemiology and Statistics as specialty in 2005. Before taking the lead of his department in Besançon, Franck was head of Methodology and Quality of Life Unit at the Georges François Leclerc Cancer Care Center in Dijon (France) from 2003 to 2012. Franck was the Head of Methodology for the GERCOR groups (Geriatric Oncology in France) and a referee methodologist for a number of French and international groups.

Since 2010, Franck was an active member of the EORTC Quality of Life Group. His in-depth knowledge and methodological skills made him a valuable contributor to several research projects such as the EORTC PROBE project. As recent as 2016, he became an active member of the international SISAQOL consortium, dedicated to establishing quality of life data analysis standards.

He was also a close collaborator to the EORTC statistics department where he spent several productive months in 2010 and 2011. He actively contributed to the courses organized by EORTC, notably to the Cancer Clinical Research Methodology Course for Patient Advocates.

Franck Bonnetain was devoted to advancing cancer care through research that would balance effective cancer control, with acceptable quality of life for patients. He was convinced that cancer care could be improved through systematic research, involving non-medical interventions, in addition to drug therapeutic studies. As many people know, Franck published extensively in gastro-intestinal cancer treatment, clinical trial endpoints, geriatric oncology and patient reported outcomes.

He was known and appreciated for his sharp methodological approaches, for his integrity, honesty and passion for quality research.

Most of all, Franck was a generous person, with diverse interests ranging from sports to arts, and a person who was curious of the world.

It is certain that we will all miss his expertise and insight, but most of all, we will miss his kindness and friendship.

He leaves a devoted wife and two young sons, and our hearts and thoughts go to them at this time of immense loss and sadness.

The service for Franck will be held on the Friday 26th May and messages of condolence and flowers can be sent to the Funerarium de Avanne, 22 rue des cerisiers, 25720 Avanne, France

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