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…




From left to right: Cheng-Che E. Lan, Chikako Nishigori, Prashiela Manga and Lluís Montoliu
Current IFPCS Council Members (2017-2020):
Prashiela Manga, PASPCR (President)
Chikako Nishigori, JSPCR (Vice-President)
Lluis Montoliu, ESPCR (Secretary)
Cheng-Che E. Lan, ASPCR (Treasurer)


Cecilia Herraiz, ESPCR Corine Bertolotto, ESPCR
Thomas Hornyak, PASPCR John D’Orazio, PASPCR
Kazumasa Wakamatsu, JSPCR Yoko Funasaka, JSPCR
Boon-Kee Goh, ASPCR Flora Xiang, ASPCR


Tamio Suzuki, JSPCR (ex officio, Organizer of the 24th IPCC-2020)
TBA (ex officio, Editor of Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research)
Kyoung-Chan Park, ASPCR (ex officio, Past IFPCS President)
Lluis Montoliu, ESPCR (IFPCS webmaster)






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





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.