Archives for November 2016


Alain Ktorza, PhD
Alain Ktorza

The IGIS community has been deprived of one of its outstanding members, Alain Ktorza, who passed away on October 18, 2016. Alain was the secretary of the IGIS Board since 2004.

Alain Ktorza received his PhD from the University of Paris 7 – Denis Diderot in 1986. He remained affiliated with this University throughout his academic career, starting as an “Associate Assistant” and ending as a Full Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism (1997) and Director of the UMR – CNRS Research Unit 7059 (2000). In 2004, he was recruited by Servier to direct the division of Discovery Research in Metabolism – Therapeutic Innovation Poles. Indeed, Alain’s scientific interests throughout life have been focused on diabetes, and specifically on the function and malfunction of the beta cell. He published numerous papers in high-impact journals on the effect of lipids and glucose on islet function and gene expression; but most notable are his studies on the plasticity of adult beta cells in response to chronic challenges.



The IGIS Digest of the XVIIth IGIS symposium is available online !

The present Digest summarizes the topics covered by the symposium on the theme “A change of personality: dedifferentiation and transdifferentiation in β cells” and reflects the latest front-line research results in that field.