Last weekend, 27-28 October 2012, the meeting on 1st European Days of Albinism, was held in Paris (France), hosted by the French Platform of Rare Diseases and organized by Genespoir, the French association in support of persons with albinism. This meeting was co-sponsored by the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR). About 65 participants, representing various associations on albinism from various countries (France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherldans, UK and Ireland, Denmark, Norway) and scientists (ophthalmologists, geneticists, dermatologists, molecular biologists) gathered in Paris to discuss various aspects around albinism, from the latest research on genetics, animal models, diagnosis and therapeutic interventions, to the common problems, needs and demands faced by persons with albinism and their families. The meeting expanded over two days, with the first day devoted to two concurrent parallel sessions where scientists and associations discussed, at length and in details, their corresponding topics. Representatives from the researchers and the associations reported to all participants on the second day, where collaborative efforts were seeked and found, at the level of the associations and scientists participating. The meeting proved to be very successful and Genespoir must be praised for all their efforts. It was decided that this meeting will be organized again, for the second time, in Madrid (Spain), during the Spring of 2014, in collaboration between the laboratory of Dr. Lluis Montoliu (CSIC/CIBERER) and ALBA, the Spanish association in support of persons with albinism. Genespoir, inspiring and pioneering this excellent initiative, at European level, will be also contributing to the organization of the second European meeting on albinism in 2014.
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The First European Days of Albinism will take place in Paris on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012, organized by Genespoir, the French Association in support of persons with albinism. This conference will gather representatives of European organizations of people with albinism, doctors and physicians specializing in fields related to albinism and scientists conducting research on albinism. For the first time, these three major actors of the European world of albinism will have the opportunity to meet, exchange and discuss potential future collaborations. This conference should allow the development of a European plan of action to help people with albinism. It should lead to:
•Developing programs that explain albinism to the general public
•Building a scientific and medical state of the art of albinism
•Improving clinical and molecular diagnosis
•Supporting therapy development programs
Conference place: “Plateforme maladies rares“, Hôpital Broussais, 96 rue Didot, 75014 Paris.
Organizing commitee: Genespoir, French organization of albinism
Robert Aquaron, Marseille, France
Benoît Arveiler, Bordeaux, France
Glenn Jeffery, London, UK
Barbara Käsmann-Kelner, Homburg, Germany
Lluis Montoliu, Madrid, Spain
Maria-Vittoria Schiaffino, Milan, Italy
Alain Taïeb, Bordeaux, France
Contact address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the indicated researchers, from the scientific committee, it is confirmed the attendance as invited speakers of Enrico Surace (TIGEM, Naples, Italy) and Brian Brooks (NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA), responsible of the two pioneer experimental therapeutic attempts to potentially treat some types of albinism.
Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Paris to discuss about albinism!