IGIS: its record
To date, 11 Servier-IGIS Symposia have been held. The first symposium was on 23-26 March 2000, on the theme “Birth, Life, and Death of a Beta- Cell in Type 2 Diabetes“.
The subsequent symposia were:
- Kinetics of Insulin Release in Health and Type 2 Diabetes 22-25 March 2001
- Regulation of Insulin Production: In Search of Therapeutic Targets 21-24 March 2002
- Novel Factors in the Regulation of Beta-Cell Function 20-23 March 2003
- Impact of Treatment on Islet Function in Type 2 Diabetes: A Critical Appraisal 18-21 March 2004;
- Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes: Less Apart than Apparent? 10-13 March 2005
- The Islet-Brain-Peripheral Tissue Network and Type 2 Diabetes 30 March-2 April 2006
- Animal Models of Islet Dysfunction 8-11 March 2007
- Maintaining Optimal Beta-Cell Mass for Normal Metabolism 6-9 March, 2008.
- A decade of islet research: implications for understanding and treating type 2 diabetes 26-29 March 2009
- The stressed beta-cell 25-28 March 2010
- Pancreatic β-Cells and Glucagon – Neglected Metabolic Actors 31 March – 3 April 2011
- The Hyperstimulated Beta-Cell: Prelude to Diabetes? 15-18 March 2012
All the proceedings of the meetings to date have appeared as supplements to journals. Those of the first Symposium as supplement to the issues of Diabetes from 2001 up to 2006. The proceedings of the 8th up to 10th Servier-IGIS Symposium were published in November in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
A further token of the success of IGIS activities is the emergence of “mini-IGISes.” The first was discussed in Mexico City in 2000 by several delegates from Latin America, and put into action as a Latin-American Group on Insulin Secretion in the following years, with several successful symposia attracting a large attendance. Similarly, Groups on Insulin Secretion have been formed in France (not astonishing seeing the presence of Servier) and, more interestingly, in China, the latter drawing the majority of scientists and clinicians interested in diabetes in that vast country.
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