Welcome to the web site of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS).

The IFPCS consists of four regional scientific societies (ASPCR, ESPCR, JSPCR and PASPCR) devoted to the study of various aspects of pigment cells.

The scientific journal Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research is the official publication of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies and the Society for Melanoma Research.

Every three years, one of the Regional Societies, organizes the International Pigment Cell Conference (IPCC) on behalf of the IFPCS, following this order: ASPCR, PASPCR, JSPCR and ESPCR.

The IFPCS has also set up a series of Special Interest Groups chaired by internationally respected scientists. These groups focus on specific topics in pigment cell research.

The IFPCS has established a blog to publish information, announcements, job offers, news…

Our next (25th) IPCC meeting will be organized by the ESPCR and be held in Bilbao (Spain) in May/June 2023, dates to be determined. 

 

 

IFPCS Council (2020-2023)

 
Current Officers (2020-2023):
Yoko Funasaka, JSPCR (President)
Lluis Montoliu, ESPCR (Vice-President)
Cheng-Che E. Lan, ASPCR (Secretary)
Thomas Hornyak , PASPCR (Treasurer)

Council Members (2020-2023)

Cecilia Herraiz, ESPCR Corine Bertolotto, ESPCR
Neil Box, PASPCR John D’Orazio, PASPCR
Chikako Nishigori, JSPCR Masatake Osawa, JSPCR
Boon-Kee Goh, ASPCR Chengfeng Zhang, ASPCR

 

Dolores Boyano, ESPCR (ex officio, Organizer of the 25th IPCC-2023)
Vijay Setaluri (ex officio, Editor of Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research)
Prashiela Manga, PASPCR (ex officio, Past IFPCS President)
Lluis Montoliu, ESPCR (IFPCS webmaster)

 
 

 

 

By-Laws

 

By-Laws WEB version PDF document
Rules and Regulations WEB version PDF document

 

 

 

History

The International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS) was founded in 1990 to foster interactions in the various disciplines of pigment cell research. The IFPCS was developed initially in 1977 as the International Pigment Cell Society (IPCS) which in turn gave rise to the various regional Pigment Cell Societies that now comprise the IFPCS. Over the years, these groups have sponsored a series of International Pigment Cell Conferences (IPCC) and a summary of those IPCC Conferences, their sites, their Organizers, past recipients of various IFPCS sponsored Awards and past IFPCS Council members are included in this section.

 

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (MN, USA), 26 June 1988. From left to right: Hans Rorsman, James Nordlund, Giuseppe Prota, Joseph Bagnara, Yutaka Mishima. Picture kindly provided by William Oetting. 
University of Lund (Sweden), Top row, from left to right: Richard King, Joseph Bagnara, James Nordlund. Bottom row, from left to right: Yutaka Mishima, Hans Rorsman, Giuseppe Prota. Picture kindly provided by William Oetting.
16th IPCC held in Disneyland (Anaheim, CA, USA) in october 1996. From left to right: Alistair Cochran (co-organizer), Frank Meyskens (organizer), Roger Bowers (co-organizer) and unidentified colleague. Picture kindly provided by Frank Meyskens.
16th IPCC held in Disneyland (Anaheim, CA, USA) in october 1996. Frank Meyskens (organizer) sitting between Patrick Riley (right) and his wife. Picture kindly provided by Frank Meyskens.
16th IPCC held in Disneyland (Anaheim, CA, USA) in october 1996. Frank Meyskens (organizer) with his wife visiting the Disneyland Park. Picture kindly provided by Frank Meyskens.