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Yutaka Mishima

Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Yutaka Mishima (1929-2016)

Yutaka Mishima (1929-2016)

Dear IFPCS members,

it is with great sadness that I wish to share the following information, kindly transmitted by Prof. Kazumasa Wakamatsu, President of the Japanese Society for Pigment Cell Research (JSPCR):

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of JSPCR members, I am very sad to inform you that Professor Emeritus Yutaka Mishima of Kobe University passed away yesterday. He was 87 years old. He successively held the first president of IFPCS (1990-1993) and also the first president of JSPCR. He made a significant contribution to the society. I would like to say my sincere condolence for his death. It is very sad, but he lived a full and vibrant life indeed.
Best wishes,
Kazumasa Wakamatsu
President of JSPCR

Prof. Yutaka Mishima hosted the International Pigment Cell Conference (IPCC) in Kobe (Japan) in 1990 and was also Honorary Member of the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR)

May he rest in peace.

Lluis Montoliu
Treasurer and Webmaster of IFPCS, on behalf of the IFPCS Council

Condolences received:

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A great loss to Pigment Cell Research. Certainly Dr. Mishima has made impressive contributions to Pigment Cell Research, and to the Federation as well.
My condolences to his family and to members of the JSPCR,
Caroline Le Poole
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We are saddened by the news.
Truly a great loss to Pigment Cell Research.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family and members of JSPCR.
Sincerely,
Boon Kee Goh
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Dear Kazu and rest of colleagues at the JSPCR,
My most sincere condolences to the Japanese Pigment Cell community for this loss.
Yours sincerely
Lluis Montoliu
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Dear Kazu and all JSPCR members,
very sad to learn about this. I would like to express my most sincere condolences.  I had occasion to meet professor Mishima during his visit in Naples and appreciated his high interest in science and great energy. Indeed a great loss to all the pigment cell community and our Federation.
Regards
Alessandra Napolitano
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He made considerable contributions to the pigment cell community. A sad loss indeed
Ian Jackson
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All my condolences and sympathies for the japanese and world pigment cell community. Prof. Mishima was really an excepcional and unforgottable person. Full of activity and great scientific leader.
RIP
F. Solano, Prof.
University of Murcia
Spain
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I am saddened to learn of Prof. Mishima’s passing.  I remember him well, from his visit to Prof. King and myself in the USA, and from the IPCC in Kobe.   He will be missed.
With thanks,
Rich
Richard A. Spritz, M.D.
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@ifpcs = the new twitter account for IFPCS

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
@ifpcs = the new twitter account for the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS)

@ifpcs = the new twitter account for the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS)

We are pleased to inform all IFPCS Members and all people interested in pigment cell research that the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS) has a new twitter account: @ifpcs

Please, follow us, mention us, refer to us in your tweets! Thanks

IPCC-2014-Singapore, 4-7 September 2014: Bringing Colours to Life: Advances in Pigment Cell Research and Translation in Clinical Practice

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
IPCC-2014-Singapore, 4-7 September 2014: Bringing Colours to Life: Advances in Pigment Cell Research and Translation in Clinical Practice

IPCC-2014-Singapore, 4-7 September 2014: Bringing Colours to Life: Advances in Pigment Cell Research and Translation in Clinical Practice

Dear IFPCS Members,

on behalf of Dr. Boon-Kee Goh, Chair of the next (22nd) International Pigment Cell Conference (IPCC), which will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, in Singapore, on September 4-7, 2014, it is my pleasure to circulate an updated announcement with important information:

IPCC2014: Bringing Colours to Life: Advances in Pigment Cell Research and Translation in Clinical Practice
Regional Society organizing the IPCC2014: ASPCR
Organizer/Chair: Dr. Boon-Kee Goh
email: ipcc2014@ifpcs.org
web: www.ipcc2014.org

Key Topics Include
• Developmental Biology of Pigment Cells
• Melanosome Biogenesis & Transfer
• Regulation of Pigmentation
• Genetics of Pigmentation
• Melanocyte UV Response & DNA Repair
• Stem Cells & Hair Biology
• Melanoma Biology & Therapeutics
• Vitiligo Research & Interventions
• Pigmentary Challenges in Asian Skin
• Laser & Light Therapies in Skin of Colour
• Strategies for Skin Lightening

Keynote Speakers include
Nina Jablonski, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Roger Hanlon, Brown University, USA
David Mitchell, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Jean Krutmann, Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany
Howard Chang, Stanford University, USA

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Closes: 11 April 2014
Early Bird Registration Ends: 3 July 2014

Looking forward to meeting you in Singapore next year!

Lluis

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 26:3 (May 2013 issue)

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 26:3 (May 2013 issue)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 26:3 (May 2013 issue)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 25:1 (January 2012 issue)

Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 25:1 (January 2012 issue)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 25:1 (January 2012 issue)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 24:6 (December 2011 issue)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 24:6 (December 2011 issue)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 24:6 (December 2011 issue)

21st IPCC – 2011 in Bordeaux: a great success!

Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Prof. Alain Taïeb, Chair of the 21st IPCC, Bordeaux, France, 21-24 September 2011

Prof. Alain Taïeb, Chair of the 21st IPCC, Bordeaux, France, 21-24 September 2011

Yesterday, September 24, the 21st IPCC finished with the moving song “Black or White“, by Michael Jackson.  This was a really nice end for this conference, that progressed with a great success in attendancy (>540 delegates registered) over the past week. The meeting was particularly successful thanks to the excellent scientific program that the Chair of the meeting, Prof. Alain Taïeb, and his team put together. The Organizers of the 21st IPCC must be praised for this memorable superb meeting, where the latest scientific achievements of our pigment cell community were discussed and most adequately mixed with the tasty products of the surrounding vineyards.

Palais des Congres, Bordeaux, France, venue of the 21st IPCC

Palais des Congres, Bordeaux, France, venue of the 21st IPCC

At the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies we are already preparing our next meeting. Prof. Boon-Kee Goh (ASPCR) will be the Chair of the 22nd IPCC, that will be held in Singapore in September 2014. At the closing ceremony of IPCC-2011, Prof. Boon-Kee Goh presented the highlights of his country and the spectacular resources existing in Singapore. You are all invited to attend the next meeting of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies, IPCC-2014, in Singapore. News and information on the IPCC-2014 will be made available from its web site: http://www.ipcc2014.org

The new IFPCS Council (2011-2014)

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
New officers at the IFPCS council (2011-2014): From left to right: Takahiro Kunisada, Andrzej Slominski, Mauro Picardo and Kyoung Chan Park

New officers at the IFPCS council (2011-2014): From left to right: Takahiro Kunisada, Andrzej Slominski, Mauro Picardo and Kyoung Chan Park

In Bordeaux (France), at the 21st IPCC organized by Prof. Alain Taïeb, it has been constituted the new IFPCS council that will govern the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS) during the following 3 years period (2011-2014), until the next IPCC, 22nd, already planned for Singapore in 2014, that will be organized by Prof. Boon-Kee Goh.

The current members of the IFPCS Council are:

Mauro Picardo, ESPCR (President)
Kyoung Chan Park, ASPCR (Vice-President)
Andrzej Slominski, PASPCR (Secretary)
Takahiro Kunisada, JSPCR (Treasurer)

Alain Taïeb, ESPCR
Lionel Larue, ESPCR
Frank Meyskens, PASPCR
Greg Barsh, PASPCR
Chikako Nishigori, JSPCR
Emi Nishimura, JSPCR
Prasad Kumarasinghe, ASPCR
Davinder Parsad, ASPCR

Boon-Kee Goh, ASPCR (ex officio, Organizer of the 22th IPCC-2014)
Ze’ev Ronai, PASPCR (ex officio, Editor of Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research)
Shigeki Shibahara, JSPCR (ex officio, Past IFPCS President)

Lluis Montoliu, ESPCR (IFPCS webmaster)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 24:2 (April 2011 issue)

Friday, March 11th, 2011
Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 24:2 (April 2011 issue)

Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research 24:2 (April 2011 issue)

In memoriam: Estela Medrano

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Estela Medrano at IPCC 2005 in Reston (VI, USA). Picture by Lynn Lamoreux

Estela Medrano at IPCC 2005 in Reston (VI, USA). Picture by Lynn Lamoreux

It is with great sadness that we have to inform our members about the recent loss of our colleague Estela Medrano. She was killed in a car accident in Houston (TX, USA), on August 30, 2010, when she was returning from a meeting in Europe. Her husband was also injured in the same accident.

Estela Medrano was a very nice person, an excellent scientist and an expert in the regulation of aging and cancer of human melanocytes. She was professor in the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine. She was a member of PASPCR, IFPCS and SMR, where she had been recently elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer. We will all miss her.

As a tribute in her memory, we have created this post at the IFPCS blog where we will be publishing all comments received from people wishing to remember Estela Medrano. Please add a comment or send your message to webmaster@ifpcs.org and it will be attached to this post. Thanks.

MESSAGES RECEIVED:

I am overwhelmed by sadness at the news of Estela’s untimely passing. She was a warm and elegant colleague who adhered to the highest professional standards. An irreplaceable loss to her family and her colleagues.

Seth Orlow
NY NY USA

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Professor Estela Medrano at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, died prematurely in a tragic car accident on Monday August 30th, 2010. It is a real loss for the community and for all her friends, which were numerous in our field. Our heart felt sorrows go out to her husband and family, but no verbal or written condolences can possibly do justice to the depth and sincerity of our feelings of sympathy.
All the best

Lionel Larue, Institut Curie, Orsay, France
President of ESPCR

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The tragic death of Dr. Estela Medrano leaves us with a great void. She continues to be quite an inspiration to me and countless others, as a renowned woman-scientist who worked on melanocyte biology but also as a friendly and always collegial person. I arrived in Cincinnati just as she left for Texas in ‘95. Estela left quite a legacy there and as part of our Pigment Cell community. My thoughts are with the family.

Caroline Le Poole, Loyola Univ. Chicago, USA
IFPCS Treasurer

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It’s a very sad new I learnt from your mail about Pr Medrano. I didn’t know her personally, but saw her in meetings and read some of her papers during my career when I focused on pigment cells. I felt she was a very perceptive person, contributing to interesting news fields in pigment cell research. I would like to express here my condolences.
Sincerely,

Patrick Verrando
Faculté de Médecine, Univ. de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

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A great shock! A wonderful person and an outstanding scientist. Much too young to die.

Helene Hill, PhD
New Jersey Medical School, USA

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I am so sad that I lost my respectful mentor Estela Medrano. I never realized how I missed her until yesterday. I have been working in her lab for 7 years. She’s always strict but patient with me, teaches me how to solve technical problems in the research. It’s good thing to work with her, such a nice excellent scientist! When I passed by her office, I had the feeling she was still working there. But now she’s gone. May her rest in heaven forever.

Qiushi Lin
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

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Thanks to Luis and the IFPCS leadership for letting us know about this tragedy. I share the sentiments expressed by many regarding Estela’s warmth, leadership, and passion for science. While this is a sad reminder that life is ephemeral, I will think of Estela, her family, and her colleagues often and with great respect, and appreciate the opportunity to express my feelings to this forum.

Greg Barsh
Huntsville, AL, USA

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I am deeply saddened by this tragic news. She had a contagious enthusiasm and excitement about melanocyte biology. It is big loss to melanocyte biology, but certainly a bigger and unimaginable loss to her family. I am thankful to this opportunity to convey my heartfelt condolences to them.

Vijay Setaluri, Madison, WI, USA

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Our scientific community has known Estela Medrano as a scholar and a very creative scientist who contributed tremendously to the fields of pigment cell biology and melanoma. Some, including myself, had the privilege of knowing her not only as a colleague, but also as a friend. I first met Estela when she joined our Department of Dermatology at the University of Cincinnati in the late 1980’s. This is when and where her interest in pigment cell research blossomed. We shared many experiences, being foreigners in the U.S.A., and trying to juggle family obligations and a career in the absence of extended family support. Estela soared as a scientist, and more so as a person, a friend and a gentle spirit who was liked by everyone who knew her. She was taken away from us and her family at the zenith of her career and her life. She will be terribly missed. My heart goes to her four sons, Alex, Federico, Mariano, and Fernando, and to her husband Jorge whom I wish full recovery from his injuries.

Zalfa Abdel-Malek
Univ. Cincinnati, OH, USA
Past IFPCS President, member of IFPCS council

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As all the members of the scientific community of ESPCR I was very attristed by this information. Please, accept my deepest sympathy for this sad event.

Robert Aquaron
Faculté de Médecine, Univ. de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

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I was shocked at the tragedy of Professor Estela Medrano. I am holding a moment of silence for Estela from Sendai.

Shigeki Shibahara
Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
President, IFPCS

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This is an awful shock, especially for Estela’s family but also for so many of us who knew her as an excellent melanocyte/melanoma scientist and kind, unselfish colleague. She was also the chair of the IFPCS Women Scientists committee and was active in promoting the interests of female and minority scientists. A very sad and sudden loss for our community.

Dot Bennett
St. George’s, University of London, UK

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Estella was a gentle and kind person who went out of her way to help other researchers. She also had a great sense of humor–I will never forget the time we spent together at the meeting in Nagoya. This is a really sad and tragic loss.

Glynis Scott, M.D.

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On August 30th Dr. Estela Medrano died in a terrible car accident just before reaching home in Houston when she was coming back with her husband from a trip to Europe.
Estela’s achievements were remarkable but were always produced in an unpretentious, far from ambitious, way. She was a devoted mother of 4 sons and a devoted scientist.
I met Estela in 1984, when I had just graduated from college, at a conference on Oncogenes held in Buenos Aires. Among a bunch of prominent international scientists was Estela, discreetly showing her recent scientific contributions. I began admiring her at that very moment. Later on, when seeking for an advisor within the modest scientific environment in Argentina, our common country of birth, I badly wanted my advisor to be Estela. I keep in my best memories the moment when, to my surprise, after knocking without an appointment at her lab door in one of the few renowned research institutes in Argentina, I received the first of her “how interesting” after listening to some of my poor ideas for a future PhD project. Afterwards, I got to do science under her supervision. What a pleasure. With time we became more friends than scientific collaborators. She moved back to the States, first to Cincinatti, then to Houston. At a distance and the few times I visited her we discussed science with delight. There was always a shared moment for fascination. Estela loved and enjoyed science all the time. I asked for Estela´s opinion on every single project I was involved in and was relieved by her approval in the form of “how interesting !!!”
Estela’s absence as a scientist and lovely person will be very very hard to overcome.

Fernando Larcher
CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain

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Dr. Estela Medrano were not only my mentor but my friend. I will missed her so much. I can’t believe we were together next week and now I can’t see her anymore. This is a terrible loss. I will always remember her as the nice and friendly person she was. She always gave me her help and support. My prays are with her family, George and her four sons.

Indhira De La Rosa
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

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Like everyone else, I was shocked to hear of our loss. Estela was not only a first rate scientist, she was a helpful and sharing collaborator and a thoughtful friend.

Lynn Lamoreux
Bryan, TX, USA

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I was shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news. Estela was the consummate role model. Not only was she was an outstanding scientist, but also a warm and caring person. She always took the time to catch-up with me at meetings and to offer advice when needed. Her passing is a great loss to our community. I offer my sincere condolences to her family and wish Jorge a full and speedy recovery.

Prashiela Manga
New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA

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So sad. I met Dr Morano for the first time in Switzerland where we were attending the same meeting. I had the chance to see her several times when she was walking outside with her husband or visiting the nice small town during the breaks. They were in a room just near ours and we walked down the stairs together some times. Although I did not know her personnally, I found her very pleasant, simple and always smiling. I will remember her nice face smiling when she said “thank you” as I was holding the door for her. Life is sometimes very hard and I think about her husband and her children who are certainly in chock right now.
Please tell her family, colleagues and friends that we are extremely sad by her passing.

Annick and Bernard Perbal

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I was shocked and overwhelmingly saddened to hear of Estela’s tragic death. We have been friends and colleagues since meeting as faculty members at the University of Cincinnati. From the very beginning I was struck by her excitement for science, her passion for understanding the malignant progression of melanoma and her openness in sharing both. She introduced me to her work on melanoma and I introduced her to the SKI oncogene and together we planned the first of what would become many collaborative efforts that combined our individual passions. Through the years, although we hadn’t met in person, we talked often by phone; sharing our triumphs and failures with joy or sympathy. We had wonderful exchanges of experimental findings and plans that stimulated our science and enhanced our mutual respect and admiration. I will sorely miss hearing her enthusiastic descriptions of her lab’s latest discovery and the warmth with which we shared it. We also commiserated with each-others publishing and funding difficulties so it seems horribly unfair that she should have been taken away just as her star was rising.
I know that my loss doesn’t compare to that of Jorge and her four sons to whom I extend my hope for a complete recovery and my deepest sympathy.

Ed Stavnezer
Case Western State University, Cleveland, OH, USA

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My wife and I are shocked and deeply saddened with this tragic loss with Medrano’s family, aging and melanocyte and melanoma research. Our thoughts and prays are with Jorge and their sons. It is extremely unfair for such horrible accident happened to this thoughtful, kind and role model scientist. As a former member of staff in Medrano’s lab, words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. We sincerely offer our deepest condolences and wish Jorge a quick recovery.

Weidong Xu and Jun Sun

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picture by Lynn Lamoreux

picture by Lynn Lamoreux


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