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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
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.
ESPCR Supporting Member
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
Many thanks are due to Robert Aquaron and the rest of his colleagues for having promoted this conference on albinism in Africa.
Meeting and Course: From Melanocyte Development to Melanoma Therapies, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 21-26, 2015Thursday, February 5th, 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.
NEW DEADLINE: APRIL 25th, 2014
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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
- 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.
Important deadline: Early registration at reduced fees and submission of abstracts: 15 June 2013