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Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research 2012

Park City, UT

Sept. 19-22, 2012

The Power of Genetics and Pigmentation


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The Scientific Program:

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. This international meeting brings together physicians, scientists, and patients and promises to be a scientifically and medically valuable (and fun) event. The underlying theme of the conference, "Genetics, pigmentation, and disease" emphasizes how the recent advances in genetics and genomics can be applied to biomedical questions centered around pigmentary variation, and will include sessions on developmental and cellular biology, natural selection, pathogenesis of melanoma, and new approaches to diagnosis and treatment. A prestigious group of speakers and conference leaders have been assembled for the meeting.

The Venue:

This year's Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research Meeting will be hosted by the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at Deer Valley. Located in the majestic Wasatch Mountains of Park City, Utah, Deer Valley has been named the number one ski resort in North America for an astonishing 5 years in a row, more than any other resort in North America. Thanks to local sponsorship by the St. Regis Hotel, ranked by US News as one of the finest luxury resorts in the U.S.A., we will be able to focus our attention on the most interesting and difficult problems in pigment cell biology, in a secluded mountain retreat.

Program and Venue Highlights:

Several unique opportunities have been incorporated into this year's program. On Wednesday we will have concurrent patient support meetings for vitiligo and melanoma patients, followed by a Keynote Address by Roger Hanlon describing the remarkable plasticity of the octopus with respect to camoflauge. On Thursday night attendees will be free to explore Historic Downtown Park City  or Salt Lake City on their own: tour the grounds of the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon church) or visit the newly opened $2 billion City Creek Mall. On Friday night the Huntsman Cancer Institute will host the annual PASPCR Gala with a Western Theme and music to reflect the Western Culture of Utah. There will also be opportunities to explore and enjoy the mountains  and resorts of Park City.