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Meeting and Course: From Melanocyte Development to Melanoma Therapies, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 21-26, 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Meeting and Course "From Melanocyte Development to Melanoma Therapies", Reykjavik - Iceland, June 21-26, 2015

Meeting and Course "From Melanocyte Development to Melanoma Therapies", Reykjavik - Iceland, June 21-26, 2015

The European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR) is pleased to co-sponsor the following two consecutive events on melanocyte and melanoma research that will take place in Iceland next June.

At first, the course From Melanocyte Development to Melanoma Therapies – Basic Science and Clinical Applications, which will be held at the University of Iceland, in Reykjavik, Iceland, June 21-24, 2015. Major advances in basic research of melanoma have lead to novel treatment options that are making a difference for melanoma patients. However, multiple challenges lie ahead and further progress is necessary, particularly with respect to resistance to the novel therapies. This course will teach the basic biology and development of the melanocyte how these cells are transformed into melanoma, and how the disease is diagnosed and treated. A particular emphasis will be on novel therapeutic options and the resistance that arises against the new drugs. This course is organized by: Lionel LARUE – Institut Curie, FR; Eirikur STEINGRIMSSON – University of Iceland, IC; Thorunn RAFNAR – deCODE Genetics, IC; and, Colin GODING – Ludwig Institute, UK

Next, the Conference Melanoma: from basic science to clinical applications, will be held in Harpa, the Concert Hall and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland, June 24-26, 2015. The conference will involve lectures from leaders in melanoma and melanocyte research. Speakers and poster presentations will be selected from abstracts. The conference is designed to stimulate discussions between basic scientists and clinicians and has the ultimate aim of improving therapeutic options in this disease. This meeting is organize by Eirikur Steingrimsson, Lionel Larue, Ze’ev Ronai, Thorunn Rafnar, Caroline Robert, Karl Lewis and René Gonzalez.

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ESPCR Travel Awards for attending the IPCC-2014 in Singapore

Friday, March 21st, 2014
ESPCR Travel Awards for attending the IPCC-2014 in Singapore

ESPCR Travel Awards for attending the IPCC-2014 in Singapore


The selected candidates would receive from ESPCR economic support to defray their registration costs, their attendance at the IPCC Gala Dinner and up to 4 nights’ accommodation (single room/single use) at the RELC International hotel indicated in the IPCC-2014 web site (
All these costs will be paid directly from ESPCR to the IPCC-2014 Organizers on behalf of the selected candidate. There will be no direct payment made from ESPCR to selected candidates or their institutions. The selected candidates will have to organize and cover the corresponding flights to attend the IPCC-2014 meeting from their place of origin.

Travel Award applicants must fulfill the following conditions:
Interested ESPCR members are kindly requested to submit the following documents by April 25. Applications received will be evaluated by the ESPCR Travel Awards Committee:
Applicants should sent to:
  • Brief CV of the candidate
  • PDF copy of the submitted abstract, already registered in the IPCC-2014 abstract system
  • Personal statement indicating why ESPCR should be supporting his/her attendance at the IPCC-2014 meeting in Singapore.
Candidates will be evaluated according to their scientific merit and that of the work presented in the abstract. Applications from both regular and student members are welcome. Applications from young members of the laboratories are encouraged, particularly senior PhD students and junior postdocs. Several applications can be presented from the same lab, but additional investigators from the same lab will be considered with lower priority score.


ESPCR Registration Awards for the ESPCR-2013 meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) 9-12 Sep 2013

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
ESPCR-2013 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, 9-12 September 2013

ESPCR-2013 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, 9-12 September 2013

The European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR) is most happy to announce the sponsorship of up to eight ESPCR Travel/Registration Awards for student/junior scientists ESPCR members willing to attend the 18th ESPCR-2013 meeting, to be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on 9-12 September 2013.

Deadline for submitting applications for these travel/registration awards and abstracts is: 30 June 2013.

This web page contains all information and instructions regarding the ESPCR Travel/Registration Awards.

These ESPCR travel/registration awards will cover registration fee (175 euros, Student fee, paid directly from ESPCR to Meeting Organizer) and up to 250 Euros accommodation costs (reimbursed to the selected applicants upon presenting the corresponding invoice), usually sufficient for 4-nights standard accommodation in Lisbon, following suggested hotels provided by the Organizers.

18th ESPCR meeting: 9-12 September 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
18th ESPCR meeting: 9-12 September 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

18th ESPCR meeting: 9-12 September 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

On behalf of the organizing committee of the ESPCR’2013 we would like to welcome you all. We put together a diverse programme that will touch on the most active areas of research in pigment cells and related diseases. Moreover, the programme includes sessions on the basic biology of pigment cells, as well as on clinical aspects and the cross-talk between Industry and Academia. We also invited distinguished researchers in the field as well as younger scientists that represent the future of the research in this field. The venue is the Medical School located in the historical centre of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, rich in history and traditions. We hope you enjoy what we prepared for you and we look forward to see you in Lisbon.

Miguel Seabra, Graça Raposo and Duarte Barral

ESPCR 2013 keynote speakers will include:

  • Meenhard Herlyn, Philadelphia, USA
  • Michael Marks, Philadelphia, USA

ESPCR2013 Fritz Anders Lecture by:

  • Miguel Godinho Ferreira, Lisbon, PT

ESPCR2013 meeting topics will include:

  • Developmental Biology of Pigment Cells
  • Melanocyte Stem Cells
  • Melanocyte and Melanoma Genomics
  • Molecular Regulation of Pigmentation
  • Melanosome Biogenesis and Transfer
  • Pigmentary Disorders
  • Eye Pigment Cells and Associated Diseases
  • Industrial-Academics Cross-talk in Pigment Cell Research

Here you can download the latest preliminary program for this ESPCR2013 meeting.

Visit the ESPCR2013 web site for registering your participation.

Important deadline: Early registration at reduced fees and submission of abstracts: 15 June 2013

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

New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 68 (December 2010)

Friday, December 10th, 2010

New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 69 (December 2010)

Deadlines for 16th ESPCR meeting (4-7 Sep 2010), Hinxton, UK

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

16th ESPCR meeting, ESPCR2010, Hinxton, UK, September 4-7, 2010

16th ESPCR meeting, ESPCR2010, Hinxton, UK, September 4-7, 2010 – good med site.
Important deadlines for the forthcoming 16th ESPCR meeting (ESPCR 2010) , organized by Dr. Robert Kelsh (Univ. Bath, UK) and to be held at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, on September 4-7, 2010.


Application for ESPCR registration awards: April 30, 2010

Abstract submission: May 31, 2010

Early registration at reduced fees: June 16, 2010

Late registration: August 13, 2010

New ESPCR Bulletin published (n. 65, December 2009)

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
ESPCR Bulletin n. 65 (December 2009)

ESPCR Bulletin n. 65 (December 2009)

A new issue of the ESPCR Bulletin (number 65, December 2009) has been published. This ESPCR Bulletin can be browsed through the members-only section. ESPCR Members will require a valid username and password to access.

ESPCR 2009 meeting: 10 days left for early registration

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
ESPCR 2009 meeting, Muenster, September 20-23

ESPCR 2009 meeting, Muenster, September 20-23

Dear colleagues,
Dear friends,

It is a pleasure to invite you to the 15th meeting of the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR) to be held in Munster, Germany, Sept. 20-23, 2009.

Please visit our congress website for more details on the ESPCR 2009 meeting including the prefinal scientific programme including all invited talks, short oral presentations, and poster titles.

Please note that early registration rates are available only for registrations received by July 31, 2009. Thus, please register early by visiting and submitting the ESPCR 2009 registration form as indicated on the homepage.

We look forward welcoming you in Munster in September 2009!

Yours sincerely,

Markus Bohm -Organizer-

ESPCR 2009 meeting: abstract deadline extended to June 10th

Sunday, May 31st, 2009
ESPCR 2009 meeting

ESPCR 2009 meeting

Dear colleagues, Dear friends,

Upon request from several members of our society, I am happy to inform you that the abstract deadline for the 15th Meeting of the ESPCR, to be held in Münster, Germany, September 20-23, 2009, will be extended to June 10th, 2009.

Until now we have received a very promising number of abstracts indicating that our ESPCR 2009 Meeting will become a stimulating and successful international meeting. By slightly extending the deadline, I hope that this will create more relaxation to all of us for preparation of an abstract. Please note that there
will be also an extra slot for “fresh from the bench abstracts”. These abstracts – although printed the ESPCR 2009 Meeting booklet – however, will be posters only, and they will not be printed in the October 2009 issue of PCMR.

I look forward for your special contribution to the ESPCR 2009 Meeting and to welcome in Münster, Germany, in September 2009!

Best wishes,
Markus Bohm, MD
-Organizer of the ESPCR 2009 Meeting-