The PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR) is a scientific society devoted to those of us interested in various aspects of pigment cells. Our Society is a very interactive one, meeting on an annual basis, and is composed of clinicians, developmental biologists, biochemists, immunologists, cell biologists, molecular biologists, chemists and physicists, among other disciplines. Look at the PASPCR Information page for more information on our Society.

Research & Other Resources

The Mouse Coat Color Loci DataBase

The Mouse Coat Color Loci DataBase is a list of cloned coat color genes with links to other databases.

Yale School of Medicine Skin Diseases Research Center

The webpages of the Yale School of Medicine Skin Diseases Research Center provide:

  • a Human Xenograft Core
  • a Cell Culture Core directed by Ruth Halaban which includes
    • freshly cultured and immortalized skin cells and skin equivalents including melanocytes
    • genetically modified skin cells
    • specialized media
    • antibodies and molecular probes for detection of skin specific markers, and
  • a Tissue Acquisition and Analysis Core

The Albinism Database

The Albinism Database contains data on mutations of genes associated with albinism in humans.

Wellcome Trust Functional Genomics Cell Bank

The Wellcome Trust Functional Genomics Cell Bank is a collection of cultures of cells, in association with Professor Bennett's research group, containing mouse melanocyte and melanoblast lines carrying a variety of single pigmentary mutations. Other cell types include melanoma cell lines, fibroblasts, keratinocytes, mammary epithelial cells and myoblasts, and some human melanocytes.

Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Centers

The MMRRC program at the Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Centers is sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the program is to ensure the continued availability of scientifically valuable, genetically engineered mice and to distribute these mice to qualified researchers studying human and animal biology and disease.

Other Sites of Interest

International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS)
Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research (ASPCR)
European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR)
Japanese Society for Pigment Cell Research (JSPCR)
The Society for Melanoma Research (SMR)
The NIH Pigment Cell Research Interest Group

DermWeb is a premier destination for dermatology links and resources on the Web. There are several areas of interest for practicing dermatologists, for dermatology students, and for the general public. DermWeb is operated by the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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