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ESPCR Travel/Registration Awards for student/junior ESPCR Members willing to attend the ESPCR-2012 meeting in Geneva (Switzerland) 11-13 Sep 2012

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
17th ESPCR Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-13 September 2012

17th ESPCR Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 11-13 September 2012

The European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR) is most happy to announce the sponsorship of up to eight Travel/Registration Awards for student/junior scientists ESPCR members willing to attend the 17th ESPCR-2012 meeting, to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) on 11-13 September 2012. Deadline for submitting applications for these travel/registration awards is: 15 June 2012. This web page contains all information and instructions regarding the ESPCR Travel/Registration Awards. These ESPCR travel/registration awards will cover registration fee (150 euros, Student fee, paid directly from ESPCR to Meeting Organizer) and up to 225 Euros accommodation costs (reimbursed to the selected applicants upon presenting the corresponding invoice), usually sufficient for 2-nights standard accommodation in Geneva, following suggested hotels provided by the Geneva Tourist Office.

17th ESPCR Meeting web site launched: Registration OPEN

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
17th ESPCR Meeting web site launched: Registration OPEN

17th ESPCR Meeting web site launched: Registration OPEN

The 17th ESPCR meeting web site has been launched and registration is OPEN to attend the 2012 ESPCR meeting, which will be held in Geneva (Switzerland), on September 11-13, 2012. This meeting will be taking Place from Tuesday 11th September to Thursday 13th September 2012, at the: Centre Médical Universitaire, University of Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, organized by Dr. Bernhard Wehrle-Haller.

The theme for the 2012 ESPCR meeting is: The Melanocyte and its Environment

Meeting theme: Pigment cells come in different flavors and are located in diverse organs and places. Characterized by the production of melanin, one of the functions of melanocytes is to protect organisms from the harmful irradiation of the sun. As for melanocytes in the skin, which reside in the basal layer of the epidermis or within hair follicles, pigmented cells are always in contact with components of the extracellular matrix and with neighboring cells, such as keratinocytes. To survive and to thrive within their environmental niches, melanocytes are stimulated and instructed by paracrine signals providing tight cross-talk. Even in the case of pathological transformation of melanocytes into nevi and melanoma, these cells are still embedded within and interact with their microenvironment in specific ways.

During this upcoming 2012 ESPCR meeting, we do not only want to discuss critical signaling, morphogenetic and pathological mechanisms within melanocyte, but would also like to understand how the environment influences and modulates the behavior of melanocytes or melanoma cells.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 15 June 2012

Deadline for registering: 1 August 2012

Join the ESPCR / Renew your ESPCR membership in 2012

Friday, December 16th, 2011
Join the ESPCR / Renew your ESPCR Membership in 2012

Join the ESPCR / Renew your ESPCR Membership in 2012

Joining the ESPCR or Renewing your ESPCR Membership in 2012 could not be easier! Simply visit the JOIN-RENEW web page within the ESPCR web site and follow the instructions provided. If you need some help or if you have any comment or question please contact the ESPCR Registration Office at registration@espcr.org

21st IPCC – 2011 in Bordeaux: a great success!

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Prof. Alain Taïeb, Chair of the 21st IPCC, Bordeaux, France, 21-24 September 2011

Prof. Alain Taïeb, Chair of the 21st IPCC, Bordeaux, France, 21-24 September 2011

Yesterday, September 24, the 21st IPCC finished with the moving song “Black or White“, by Michael Jackson. This was a really nice end for this conference, that progressed with a great success in attendancy (>540 delegates registered) over the past week. The meeting was particularly successful thanks to the excellent scientific program that the Chair of the meeting, Prof. Alain Taïeb, and his team put together. The Organizers of the 21st IPCC must be praised for this memorable superb meeting, where the latest scientific achievements of our pigment cell community were discussed and most adequately mixed with the tasty products of the surrounding vineyards.

Palais des Congres, Bordeaux, France, venue of the 21st IPCC

Palais des Congres, Bordeaux, France, venue of the 21st IPCC

At the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies we are already preparing our next meeting. Prof. Boon-Kee Goh (ASPCR) will be the Chair of the 22nd IPCC, that will be held in Singapore in September 2014. At the closing ceremony of IPCC-2011, Prof. Boon-Kee Goh presented the highlights of his country and the spectacular resources existing in Singapore. You are all invited to attend the next meeting of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies, IPCC-2014, in Singapore. News and information on the IPCC-2014 will be made available from its web site: http://www.ipcc2014.org

Melanins and Melanosomes, edited by J. Borovansky and P.A. Riley, Wiley-2011.

Saturday, July 9th, 2011
Melanins and Melanomes, Borovansky & Riley (eds.), Wiley 2011

Melanins and Melanomes, Borovansky & Riley (eds.), Wiley 2011

A new book has been published on Pigment Cell Biology. The book is entitled “Melanins and Melanosomes: Biosynthesis, Biogenesis, Physiological, and Pathological Functions“, has been edited by Jan Borovansky and Patrick A. Riley, and published by Wiley (2011). Both Patrick Riley and Jan Borovanskly are ESPCR Honorary members. The chapters have been prepared by world-known experts in the field of Pigment Cell Biology, most of them are members of the IFPCS, through any of its affiliated sister societies.

Table of contents:

  • Chapter 1: History of Melanosome Research (Jan Borovansky).
  • Chapter 2: Classical and Nonclassical Melanocytes in Vertebrates (Sophie Colombo, Irina Berlin, Veronique Delmas, and Lionel Larue).
  • Chapter 3: Biological Chemistry of o-Quinones (Patrick A. Riley, Christopher A. Ramsden, and Edward J. Land).
  • Chapter 4: Biosynthesis of Melanins (Jose Carlos Garcia-Borron and M. Concepcion Olivares Sanchez).
  • Chapter 5: Inhibitors and Enhancers of Melanogenesis (Alain Taieb, Muriel Cario-Andre, Stefania Briganti, and Mauro Picardo).
  • Chapter 6: Structure of Melanins (Shosuke Ito, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Marco d’Ischia, Alessandra Napolitano, and Alessandro Pezzella).
  • Chapter 7: Properties and Functions of Ocular Melanins and Melanosomes (Małgorzata Rozanowska).
  • Chapter 8: Biological Role of Neuromelanin in the Human Brain and Its Importance in Parkinson’s Disease (Kay L. Double, Wakako Maruyama, Makoko Naoi, Manfred Gerlach, and Peter Riederer).
  • Chapter 9: Biogenesis of Melanosomes (Cedric Delevoye, Francesca Giordano, Michael S. Marks, and Graca Raposo).
  • Chapter 10: Transport and Distribution of Melanosomes (Mireille Van Gele and Jo Lambert).
  • Chapter 11: Genetics of Melanosome Structure and Function (Vincent J. Hearing).
  • Chapter 12: Physiological and Pathological Functions of Melanosomes (Jan Borovansky and Patrick A. Riley).
  • Chapter 13: Dysplastic Nevi as Precursor Melanoma Lesions (Stanislav Pavel, Nico P.M. Smit, and Karel Pizinger).

IFPCS Members are entitled to a 25% discount on books published by Wiley

3rd Melanoma Workshop 2011 (June 30-July 2, Milan, Italy)

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
3rd Melanoma Workshop 2011, Milan, Italy

3rd Melanoma Workshop 2011, Milan, Italy

New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 69 (April 2011)

Friday, April 8th, 2011
New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 69 (April 2011)

New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 69 (April 2011)

2011 Expert Meeting on Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Neurocutaneous melanocytosis, 6-7 May 2011, Tübingen, Germany

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
2011 Expert Meeting on Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Neurocutaneous melanocytosis, 6-7 May 2011, Tübingen, Germany

2011 Expert Meeting on Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Neurocutaneous melanocytosis, 6-7 May 2011, Tübingen, Germany

The 2011 Expert Meeting on Large Congenital Melanocytic Nevi and Neurocutaneous melanocytosis will be held in Tübingen (Germany), on 6-7 May 2011. Here you can download a copy of the flyer for this meeting.

H.S. Raper Medal at IPCC2011 awarded to Prof. Marco d’Ischia

Saturday, February 12th, 2011
Prof. Marco d'Ischia at the ESPCR 2010 meeting in Cambridge (UK)

Prof. Marco d'Ischia at the ESPCR 2010 meeting in Cambridge (UK)

On behalf of the President of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS), Prof. Shigeki Shibahara, the President of the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR), Prof. Lionel Larue, and of the ESPCR Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce and congratulate the next H. S. Raper Medal awardee: Prof. Marco d’Ischia (University Federico II, Naples, Italy).

The H.S. Raper Medal is an Award selected by the ESPCR as an international recognition of outstanding contributions to the biochemistry and molecular biology of pigmentation. At the time of the official banquet of the forthcoming XXIst IPCC2011 (September 24-26, 2011; Bordeaux, France), the IFPCS President will present the H.S. Raper Medal to the Awardee. The H.S. Raper Medal was instituted by the ESPCR to perpetuate the memory of Prof. Henry Stanley Raper, for his pioneer contributions to the field of biochemistry of melanins and its precursors. The list of previous H.S. Raper Medallists include: Profs. John Pawelek (1993), Giuseppe Prota (1996), Kowichi Jimbow (1999), Anthony Thody (2002), Sho Ito (2005) and José Carlos García-Borrón (2008).

Prof. Marco d’Ischia leads the group of Bioactive and Bio-inspired Product Chemistry at the Department of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of Naples University Federico II. He has published  some 200 publications in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry and biochemistry, on peer-reviewed international journals but also reviews and book chapters, including more than 45 papers on melanin-related topics. Currently, Prof. Marco d’Ischia is the promoter and scientific coordinator of EuMelaNet, an interest group/research network within ESPCR constituted in 2009, with the aim of promoting research on melanins and melanogenesis at multidisciplinary level and offering their collective knowledge and expertise to meet the growing demand for new bio-based materials on the part of companies and health institutions.

New: register for hardcopy annual PCMR subscription from ESPCR any time during the year

Saturday, January 8th, 2011
New: register for printed annual PCMR subscription any time during the year!

New: register for printed annual PCMR subscription any time during the year!

New: now, starting in January 2011, it is still possible to register and request for hardcopy annual Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research (PCMR) subscription through ESPCR any time during the year, extending the previous announced deadline, established on December 31st. The IFPCS has extended this possibility thereby making possible to register, pay and receive printed issues of the PCMR journal throughout the year. Please visit the updated JOIN/RENEW web page and select your new registration/renewal with (+additional 70 Euros, on the top of the standard ESPCR annual membership fee) or without hardcopy subscription to PCMR. Please contact the ESPCR Treasurer  at treasurer@espcr.org in case of any doubt, comment or question.