Professor J Hume Adams

Development of the WHO Classification of Tumors of the Central ...

We are sorry to hear the sad news of the death of Professor J Hume Adams earlier this week (April 12th).

Hume Adams’ studies into outcomes from traumatic brain injury¬†contributed to many of the landmark publications on¬†the biology and pathology of brain injury. In pursuing this research, Hume Adams helped establish neuropathology in Glasgow as a leading centre internationally for studies in TBI,

Hume was a prominent figure in Diagnostic Neuropathology through the latter half of last century. Among many senior roles, he was President of the British Neuropathological Society. He was also a former editor of Greenfield’s Neuropathology and participated in the original international expert case review group formulating the ‘blue book’ WHO classification of tumours of the central nervous system.

This year GBIRG has been marking 50 continuous years of research into the neuropathology of TBI in Glasgow, work that began with Hume Adams original observations on head injuries in 1970. There is no question that the considerable progress in understanding of the biology and pathology of TBI over the past 5 decades is a reflection of the remarkable work of Hume Adams and his colleagues.