ESPCR Travel Awards for attending the IPCC-2014 in Singapore

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

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

2014 JOINING/RENEWAL CAMPAIGN: Welcome letter from ESPCR President: Prof. Ian Jackson

September 24th, 2013
Welcome letter from ESPCR President: Prof. Ian Jackon. Please apply for or renew your ESPCR membership

Welcome letter from ESPCR President: Prof. Ian Jackon. Please apply for or renew your ESPCR membership

The 2014 Joining/Renewal campaign has been launched. At the ESPCR we are already accepting renewals of your ESPCR membership or applications from new members. All are welcome! Please download here a welcome letter from our ESPCR President: Prof. Ian Jackson.  The ESPCR annual membership fees remain the same in 2014 as in 2013 or previous years. Likewise, the many benefits of becoming ESPCR member remain the same. Please use the JOIN web page and follow the instructions therein. Thanks for joining or renewing your ESPCR membership in 2014!

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

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

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

Maxine Whitton awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire

January 16th, 2013
Maxine Whitton awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire

Maxine Whitton awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire

Mrs. Maxine Eloise WHITTON, ESPCR supporting member and Patron of the Vitiligo Society, has been recently awarded as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), “for the advancement of knowledge and research into Vitiligo”. The ESPCR President, Prof. Lionel Larue, said: “Maxine Whitton from ESPCR just became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (a major honour like the legion d’honneur for the French), for her campaigning on behalf of vitiligo patients and research.  She has a very important role in the Society and for ESPCR. She links very nicely and efficiently the worlds of the scientist, the medic and the patient. I do hope that she will continue her amazing work. Congratulations Maxine. Lionel Larue“.

New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 74 (December 2012)

December 18th, 2012
New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 74 (December 2012)

New ESPCR Bulletin published, nº 74 (December 2012)

18th ESPCR Meeting (ESPCR2013) – Lisbon (Portugal) – 9-12 September 2013

December 8th, 2012
18th ESPCR Meeting (ESPCR2013) - Lisbon (Portugal) - 9-12 September 2013

18th ESPCR Meeting (ESPCR2013) - Lisbon (Portugal) - 9-12 September 2013

At the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR), it is our pleasure to launch the first announcement of the 18th ESPCR meeting (ESPCR2013), which will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on 9-12 September 2013. The ESPCR2013 meeting is organized by Prof. Miguel Seabra (CEDOC, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal), Dr. Graça Raposo (Institut Curie, Paris, France) and Dr. Duarte Barral (CEDOC, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal). The ESPCR2013 meeting venue will be at the Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas, historical central Lisbon, Portugal.

The Organizing Committee for the ESPCR2013 meeting includes the following scientists: Christine Baldeshi, Evry (FR); Dorothy C. Bennett, London (UK); Corine Bertolotto, Nice (FR); Anja Bosserhoff, Regensburg (DE); Véronique Delmas, Orsay (FR); Claire Futter, London (UK); Colin Goding, Oxford (UK); Valeria Marigo, Modena (IT); Lluis Montoliu, Madrid (ES); Liz Patton, Edinburgh (UK); Mauro Picardo, Rome (IT).

The main topics of the ESPCR2013 meeting will include:

  • cell biology of pigment cells
  • pigment cells in the eye and associated diseases
  • regulation of the pigmentation at the molecular level
  • melanocyte and melanoma stem cells.

Additional information will be published soon at the ESPCR2013 meeting official web page: http://www.espcr.org/ESPCR2013

Any question, comment, suggestion or request of information should be addressed to the ESPCR2013 meeting official email address: espcr2013@espcr.org

A meeting flyer with the first announcement of the 18th ESPCR meeting can be downloaded from here.

2013 ESPCR Membership renewal campaign launched!

December 4th, 2012
2013 Welcome Letter from ESPCR President Prof. Lionel Larue

2013 Welcome Letter from ESPCR President Prof. Lionel Larue

The 2013 ESPCR Membership renewal campaign has been launched!. All the information you need to know to join or renew your 2013 ESPCR membership can be found in this web page. The 2013 welcome letter from ESPCR President Prof. Lionel Larue can be dowloaded from here. Looking forward to receive all membership application and renewal requests!

1st European Days of Albinism

October 30th, 2012
1st European Days of Albinism, Paris, France, 27-28 October 2012

1st European Days of Albinism, Paris, France, 27-28 October 2012

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.

1st European Days of Albinism, Paris, France, 27-28 October 2012

1st European Days of Albinism, Paris, France, 27-28 October 2012