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The next ESPCR meeting will be held in Rennes (France) on 24-27 September 2018

Friday, May 12th, 2017
ESPCR2018 meeting to be held in Rennes on 24-27 September, organized by Prof. Marie-Dominique Galibert (University of Rennes)

ESPCR2018 meeting to be held in Rennes on 24-27 September, organized by Prof. Marie-Dominique Galibert (University of Rennes)

ESPCR2018 meeting to be held in Rennes on 24-27 September, organized by Prof. Marie-Dominique Galibert (University of Rennes)

ESPCR2018 meeting to be held in Rennes on 24-27 September, organized by Prof. Marie-Dominique Galibert (University of Rennes)

The next ESPCR meeting (ESPCR2018) will be held in Rennes (France), on 24-27 September, organized by Prof. Marie-Dominique Galibert (University of Rennes).

Richard Marais (CRUK, Manchester) awarded the 2016 Fritz Anders Medal

Friday, May 12th, 2017
Richard Marais (CRUK, Manchester) awarded the 2016 Fritz Anders Medal by Ian Jackson (ESPCR President) at the IEO, at the 20th ESPCR meeting in Milano (Italy)

Richard Marais (CRUK, Manchester) awarded the 2016 Fritz Anders Medal by Ian Jackson (ESPCR President) at the IEO, at the 20th ESPCR meeting in Milano (Italy)

IPCC-2017, August 26-30, Denver, CO, USA

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
23rd International Pigment Cell Conference, August 26-30, 2017, Denver, CO, USA

23rd International Pigment Cell Conference, August 26-30, 2017, Denver, CO, USA

Prof. Rosina Cicero (Univ. Bari)

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Prof. Rosina Cicero (Univ. Bari) - second from right - with her colleagues and collaborators Anna Gallone, Gabriella Guida and Immacolata Maida in Bari (2007), at the 14th ESPCR annual meeting she hosted and co-organized with Prof. Mauro Picardo

Prof. Rosina Cicero (Univ. Bari) - second from right - with her colleagues and collaborators Anna Gallone, Gabriella Guida and Immacolata Maida in Bari (2007), at the 14th ESPCR annual meeting she hosted and co-organized with Prof. Mauro Picardo

We are very sad to inform you of the passing today (December 10th, 2015) of professor Rosina Cicero. She was member of ESPCR for several years and she organized the 14th ESPCR meeting in Bari (Italy), in 2007. Regarding melanogenesis, she was mainly interested in extracutaneous melanogenesis in Amphibia. Professor of experimental biology in university of Catania, Bari and Foggia (Italy), she always had gentle manner and was an example of dedication to work for all of us. She was a Master of life for our group of experimental Biology of Bari.

Anna Gallone, Gabriella Guida, Immacolata Maida

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I am very sorry to learn the sad news about passing of Professor Rosina Cicero. I have in good memory the 14th ESPCR meeting she organized in Bari and I will remember her kindness and friendliness. My deepest sympathy to the Bari Group.
Tadeusz (Tad) Sarna

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I am deeply saddened by the news of Prof. Rosina Cicero passing. My thoughts are with her  family and colleagues in Bari.

She will not be forgotten.

ALIDA DEPASE

ESPCR Supporting Member

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I am very sorry to learn the passing of Prof. Rosina Cicero. Together with my colleagues from the University of Murcia, in Spain, the Bari group, led by Rosina Cicero, was always very close. I remember her and her team attending and enjoying the 12th ESPCR meeting I organized in 2006 in Barcelona and, thereafter, helping them to organize the meeting in Bari, from which I have very good memories too, and which provided all of us an excellent excuse to enjoy both science and culture in a beautiful city by the coast of Southern Italy. My most sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleages.

Lluis Montoliu, ESPCR Treasurer and webmaster

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It is indeed a sad announcement . I had the pleasure to co organize the ESPCR meeting in Bari with Rosina and besides enjoying the organization I remember having many nice moments with Rosina.  She will dearly missed.

Mauro Picardo

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I am very sad for the passing  of Rosina. She was a very nice person and professor and I appreciated so much the ESPCR meeting in Bari,  where I was involved. God bless her.

Silvia Moretti

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It was very sad to learn of the passing of Rosina. I  had the opportunity to meet her on the occasion of the Reston IPPC, several ESPCR meetings and particularly the Bari meeting that was the occasion of a closer interaction. I appreciated  her enthusiasm and passion for research. I would like to express my condolence to her colleagues and collaborators in Bari.

Sincerely

Alessandra Napolitano

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Thanks to all colleagues for the words of esteem and sincere friendship and simpaty towards Professor Cicero.
We thank you for the closeness that you have shown us.
Anna Gallone, Gabriella Guida and Immacolata Maida
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Melanocyte Course and Melanoma Meeting Reports: Reykjavik (Iceland) 21-26 June 2015

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Students and teachers at the university

Students and teachers at the university

Final Report of the International Course

The international course From Melanocyte Development to Melanoma Therapies – Basic Science and Clinical Applications, occurred at the University of Iceland, in Reykjavik 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. Our course taught 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 was on novel therapeutic options and the resistance that arises against the new drugs. Another main issue was to bring together the future leaders in the field with an MD and/or a PhD background.
The course had seven main themes: (i) Introduction to melanocytes and melanoma. (ii) Clinical diagnosis and prognosis, (iii) Histology and histopathology, (iv) Molecular and (epi)genetic techniques, (v) Experimental animals, (vi) High throughput data analysis, and (vii) Therapy, current clinical practice and preclinical advances.
The objective of this course was clearly defined. In recent years, research into melanocytes and melanoma has lead to giant steps in treatment of melanoma patients. The goal of this course was to teach students about the basic biology of melanoma with a particular emphasis on therapeutic options. The students learnt about this rapidly advancing field, and since the students came from both basic and clinical sciences, they learnt from each other in order to advance melanoma diagnosis and therapy in the future.
Hosting the course in Iceland allowed us to bring together European and American students and taught them about the latest advances in the field. This three day course was followed by a three day meeting “Melanoma: from basic science to clinical applications“ (http://www.melanoma2015.is) where leaders in the field will talk about their latest results. This allowed us to include some of the most important players in the field as teachers in the course. This meeting was highly appreciated by the 120 participants.
The success of the course relied on the active contribution of participants who were proactive and participated in all of the events organized including: (i) presentation of their own scientific project with a 8 minutes oral presentation, and (ii) participation in the “career development” workshop during the last day of the course.
The course will have a broad view of the melanocyte lineage, including the establishment of the lineage during embryonic development and the renewal of melanocytes from normal melanocyte stem cells. The similarities between the cellular and molecular mechanisms that occur during development, renewal and melanomagenesis will be explored for further clinical advancement. Lectures on epigenetics, genomics and clinical aspects of melanoma will bring a broader view of the field for the PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists attending the course.
Lunches and Dinners were attended by both teachers and students giving opportunities for further discussions and this time was used as round tables.
In figures, 28 students (3 Master students, 17 PhD/MD-PhD students, 4 Post-docs, and 4 MD) with 17 females and 11 males participated to this course. We got a feed-back from the survey of the course from 23 students. These students came from Iceland (8), France (7), North America (4), Sweden (2) and also from UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Holland and Hungary. Overall, they were either satisfied or highly satisfied by this course.
In conclusion, it was a real pleasure for the organizers, the teachers and the students to participate to this course. We are ready to organize a similar course in 2017. The location is still unclear, but an option is taken in Israel.
The organizers : Lionel LARUE, Eirikur STEINGRIMSSON, Thorunn RAFNAR and Colin GODING
Students and teachers at the blue Lagoon

Students and teachers at the blue Lagoon

Final Report of the Melanoma Meeting

The international meeting Melanoma: From Basic Science to Clinical Applications, was held in the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 24-26, 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. The meeting covered topics ranging from the basic biology and development of the melanocyte to how these cells are transformed into melanoma, and how the disease is diagnosed and treated. A particular emphasis was to bridge the basic and clinical sciences of melanoma and to span the Atlantic divide by bringing American and European melanoma scientists together. Another main issue was to bring together the future leaders in the field.
The meeting was divided into five sessions: (i-ii) Melanocyte and melanoma development 1a and 1b. (ii) Gene regulation in melanocytes and melanoma, (iii) Cell biology to Pathology, (iv) Pathology to Genomics, (v) Clinical advances. One of the lunch breaks was conducted as a separate session termed Luncheon clinical Update and Current Needs.
The meeting was very successful. First, the speakers gave outstanding talks and ample time was allowed for questions and discussions. Second, the frequent coffee breaks and social events allowed further discussions and interactions. And third, the social events, including the Welcome reception, Conference dinner and the trip to the Blue Lagoon further enhanced interactions and discussions. We have received nothing but praise and adulation for the organization of the meeting, its scientific content, the location in Iceland and the friendly and interactive atmosphere we succeeded in creating.
The meeting was attended by a total of 120 people from 17 different countries. The speakers were from both Europe and the US, 14 females and 22 males. They were both established leading investigators and younger speakers selected from abstracts.
Support for the meeting was obtained from various institutions and companies, including Institut Curie, University of Iceland, ESPCR, PASPCR, The French Embassy in Iceland, the Icelandic Cancer Society, University of Colorado Cancer Center, Provectus, Incyte, Amgen, Metabolon, Lytix biopharma, Viralytics and Bristol Myers Squibb. We thank all these organizations for their generous contributions.
The organizers: Lionel LARUE, Eirikur STEINGRIMSSON, Thorunn RAFNAR, Robert ANDTBACKA, Rene GONZALEZ, Karl LEWIS, Caroline ROBERT and Ze’ev RONAI

ESPCR Meeting 2015: Register Now

Monday, August 10th, 2015
ESPCR Meeting 2015: Register Now

ESPCR Meeting 2015: Register Now

Dear colleagues,
We are rapidly approaching our ESPCR conference on September 15th-18th here in Edinburgh. There, you have a great opportunity to meet, to discuss and to present your work. This year’s meeting has a fantastic line up of speakers from around the world speaking on topics ranging from genetics of pigmentation to melanoma therapy via cell biology and developmental biology.  The list of speakers is here and the full programme is here.
Edinburgh is an exceptional city to visit and we have a great venue close to the centre, but on the edge of Holyrood Park, a huge area of almost wild land containing Arthur’s Seat, a 250m high volcanic plug.
You can register here, and thanks to those of you who have already registered. If you want to present a poster we still have spaces available, email after registration and we can send a link for your abstract submission.
I hope we will see you in September
Ian Jackson, President ESPCR
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Liz Patton, ESPCR Board

Meeting report: 1st International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Subsaharian Africa

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
1st International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Subsaharian Africa

1st International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Subsaharian Africa

Last week, on 24-25 July, the 1st International Workshop on Oculocutaneous Albinism in Subsaharian Africa took place at the Sawa hotel, in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. This meeting was organized by Robert Aquaron (Univ. Aix-Marseille, France), Albert Mouelle (Univ. Douala, Cameroon) and Charlotte Baker (Lancaster Univ., UK) and counted with the participation of several additional scientists from different countries, including: Patricia Lund, Benoît Arveiler, Alain Taïeb, Alain Froment, Pierre Bey, Robyn Kerr, Jennifer Kromberg, Martial Zannou and Lluís Montoliu. The meeting was co-sponsored by Lancaster University, Wellcome-Trust, Avene/Pierre-Fabre laboratory and the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR), among many other government (Yvonne Matuturu, from UNESCO, Burundi, several ministries in Cameroon) and non-government institutions (Jon Beale, Standing Voice). The meeting was attended by more than 120 participants coming from several countries in Africa, including: Cameroon, Burundi, Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Niger, Nigeria and Republic of the Congo.

From left to right: Robert Aquaron, Charlotte Baker, the Rector of the University of Douala, Albert Mouelle and the President of ASMODISA

From left to right: Robert Aquaron, Charlotte Baker, the Rector of the University of Douala, Albert Mouelle and the President of ASMODISA

This meeting was in many ways unique and exceptionally successful and the organizers must be praised for having managed in bringing to Cameroon many different people with a common interest on albinism in Africa. Basic researchers, clinicians, anthropologists, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, experts in human rights, professors at universities, members of associations and organizations in support of people with albinism, advocating for albinism, people with albinism themselves, students and public in general gathered in Douala to discuss both scientific and social aspects of albinism, particularly focused into topics that affect people with albinism in Africa. Albinism is the same genetic condition present in Europe and Africa, and everywhere else in the world. However, whereas people with albinism in Europe can concentrate their efforts in the visual handicapping features of albinism, while protecting their skin from the sun with adequate creams and clothes, the absence of these simple materials in Africa makes these individual unfortunately and unnecessarily prone to develop skin cancer, and with fatal consequences if tumors are not treated in time. Hence, the dermatological aspects of oculocutaneous albinism, mainly OCA2, the commonest form of albinism in Africa, become extraordinarily relevant and, consequently, were the subject of many presentations and discussions throughout this workshop in Douala.

Two participants with oculocutaneous (OCA) albinism attending the conference in Douala. The person on the left is OCA2, the person on the right is OCA1.

Two participants with oculocutaneous (OCA) albinism attending the conference in Douala. The person on the left is OCA2, the person on the right is OCA1.

Raising positive awareness and advocating for people with albinism was a common aim for all organizations attending this workshop in Douala. ALBA and Genespoir, the Spanish and French associations in support of people with albinism, contributed with copies of the book on “Albinism. One genetic condition: two realities, Spain and Senegal”, originally published in Spanish by ALBA in 2009 and later translated to French by Genespoir in 2012. French copies of this book with many testimonials by people with albinism from both Europe and Africa were distributed among representative delegates from African associations in support of people with albinism. Two flyers, sponsored by ESPCR, dealing with the workshop and with oculocutaneous albinism type 2, OCA2, were distributed to all the participants.

Robert Aquaron distributing sun protection cream among participants (click on image for VIDEO)

Robert Aquaron distributing sun protection cream among participants (click on image for VIDEO)

The meeting closed with a Gala Dinner where sun protection creams (50+ SPF) generously donated by Avene/Pierre-Fabre laboratory, were distributed among people with albinism participating in this conference and the corresponding associations representing them. At this Gala Dinner we could enjoy performances by several groups with people with albinism sharing their talent dancing, singing or in a fantastic mannequin parade where a local fashion designer is using them to present his creations. Among these performances there was one outstanding, by John Chiti, from Zambia, a gifted music composer that uses the language of music and his rhythmic songs to talk about his albinism and albinism in general, advocating for this genetic condition and increasing positive awareness among the society.

Dances at the Gala Dinner of the Albinism Conference in Douala (click on image for VIDEO)

Dances at the Gala Dinner of the Albinism Conference in Douala (click on image for VIDEO)

Performance of John Chiti, music composer from Zambia, at the Gala Dinner of the Albinism Conference in Douala (click on image for VIDEO)

Performance of John Chiti, music composer from Zambia, at the Gala Dinner of the Albinism Conference in Douala (click on image for VIDEO)

In summary, this was a splendid conference where we all shared our progress into the understanding and treatment of albinism, where we could discuss, face to face, directly with people with albinism in Africa and their associations, listening to their needs and their requests for help and support. This should be the first of many additional workshops to come, in Africa, to keep this momentum and push forward the awareness on albinism in this continent where the priorities and requirements for life are somehow different from what we are used to hear in Europe. Attending a meeting in Africa is always a moving and very emotional experience, where you are directly confronted with the problems and the difficulties one usually reads in the books and journals, or watches on TV. But being there is something else. There is a saying that goes: “when you leave Africa, Africa doesn’t leave you any more”. Robert Aquaron told me about it some years ago, when I still didn’t have the chance to visit Africa. Now, after coming back from Cameroon I can only say: so true!.

Robert Aquaron near Mount Cameroon

Robert Aquaron near Mount Cameroon

Many thanks are due to Robert Aquaron and the rest of his colleagues for having promoted this conference on albinism in Africa.
Lluis Montoliu

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.

COURSE APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 23, 2015
Course WEB site: training.curie.fr/course/iceland2015
Meeting WEB site: melanoma2015.is
CONTACT: c.iceland2015@curie.fr

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

NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 25th, 2014

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 (www.ipcc2014.org).
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.
NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 25th, 2014

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: http://www.espcr.org/index38.php
Applicants should sent to:  awards@espcr.org
  • 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.

NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 25th, 2014

The 2nd European Days of Albinism (2EDA) will be held in Valencia (Spain) on 5-6 April 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
The 2nd European Days of Albinism (2EDA) will be held in Valencia (Spain) on 5-6 April 2014

The 2nd European Days of Albinism (2EDA) will be held in Valencia (Spain) on 5-6 April 2014

The European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR) is pleased to announce the co-sponsorship of the 2nd European Days of Albinism (2EDA), a conference organized by, ALBA, the Spanish Association in support of people with albinism, together with a scientific committee of researchers and physicians interested in albinism: Benoît Arveiler (Bordeaux, France), Karen Grønskov (Coppenhagen, Denmark), Barbara Käsmann-Kellner (Homburg, Germany), Vittoria Schiaffino (Milan, Italy) and Lluís Montoliu (Madrid, Spain).

At the 2EDA conference researchers, interested in albinism, will gather with patients and their associations, in order to discuss, in parallel, both scientific and social aspects of albinism, exchanging ideas, projects and initiatives, at the European level, with the collaboration of a number of international experts in the field. This 2EDA meeting, organized by ALBA, the Spanish Association in support of people with albinism, follows a previous successful edition, 1EDA, organized by Genespoir, the French Association in support of people with albinism, in Paris in October 2012, also co-sponsored by the ESPCR. The 2EDA meeting is planned over a weekend, 5-6 April 2014, to allow the participation of patients and their families. On the first day (Saturday, 5 April) scientists and members of the associations will meet separately and discuss their own topics and agendas. On the second day (Sunday, 6 April), first half of the morning is devoted to continue the concurrent sessions and, eventually, both scientists and members of the associations will gather together and summarize the topics discussed and the conclusions/recommendations achieved before all delegates. The aim of this conference series is to promote awareness of albinism, to trigger collaborative research projects on albinism, and to facilitate collaborative efforts between the different associations in support of people with albinism existing in Europe and represented at this meeting.

At the 2EDA conference, the invited speakers that have kindly confirmed their attendance, a number of them also members of the IFPCS,  include:

  • Robert Aquaron (Marseille, France)
  • Esteban Dell’Angelica (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  • Benoît Arveiler (Bordeaux, France)
  • Murray Brilliant (Marshfield, WI, USA)
  • José Carlos García-Borrón (Murcia, Spain)
  • Maria van Genderen (Zeist, The Netherlands)
  • Karen Grønskov (Coppenhagen, Denmark)
  • Michael Hoffmann (Magdeburg, Germany)
  • Barbara Käsmann-Kellner (Homburg, Germany)
  • Herbert Kirchesch (Pulheim, Germany)
  • Valeria Marigo (Modena, Italy)
  • Lucia Mauri (Milan, Italy)
  • Lluís Montoliu (Madrid, Spain)
  • Fanny Morice-Picard (Bordeaux, France)
  • Frank Proudlock (Leicester, UK)
  • Alexandra Rebsam (Paris, France)
  • Vittoria Schiaffino (Milan, Italy)
  • Alain Taïeb (Bordeaux, France)
  • Pedro de la Villa (Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain)

Registration at reduced fees will be possible until 15 February, and thereafter, standard registration fees will apply, until 15 March: registration deadline.

For those of you with interest in any aspect related to albinism, thanks for registering and looking forward to meeting you all in the beautiful city of Valencia!

Lluis Montoliu