Prof. Paolo Sassone-Corsi


It is with profound sadness that we announce that Prof. Paolo Sassone-Corsi passed away on the 23rd of July. His death is huge loss to the fields of genetics and epigenetics and reproductive biology.

Many of us had the great chance to listen to his  memorable plenary lectures at a number of EAA and ISA congresses. He was a founder member of the International Symposium: Genetics of male infertility, a major recurrent scientific event in "androgenetics". His first paper on spermatogenesis was published in Nature, in 1992, with the title Developmental switch of CREM function during spermatogenesis: from antagonist to activator.  Since that time he has contributed to the understanding of the regulation of spermatogenesis with many fundamental papers. He was a pioneer of  epigenetics in our field and thanks to his outstanding work, we started to understood how unique is the chromatin remodeling and transcriptional regulation in spermatogenesis. He was a great Neapolitan scientist, his memory will remain alive in and through all who read his articles and met him personally.