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.

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PASPCR 2019 Information


  • A reminder that if you are a speaker in a PLENARY session, your talk is scheduled for 15 minutes total (suggested 12 minute talk plus 3 minutes Q&A).
  • A reminder that if you are a speaker in the SPOTLIGHT session, your talk is scheduled for 10 minutes total (suggested 8 minute talk plus 2 minutes Q&A).
  • You may upload your talk on the day it is scheduled upon arrival at JAX.  When you arrive in the morning, please proceed to the Auditorium and consult the A/V technician to upload.

Poster presenters:

  • The poster boards will be provided to you, they are 4ft wide (48 inches), by 6ft tall (72 inches).  Please keep this in mind when printing your poster.  The Jackson Laboratory will provide you with push pins to attach the posters.
  • You are responsible for the printing of your own poster.  Local printing is available through Acadia Print Services (  The average cost is approximately $90 for a fabric poster including delivery to the Jackson Laboratory.

Transportation from airport:

Attendees are responsible for all travel booking, including airport transportation.
Bar Harbor is approximately a 5 hour drive from Boston and is a served by two local airports. The Bangor International Airport (50 miles from Bar Harbor) with daily flights from New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Newark. The Bar Harbor/Hancock County Airport with daily flights from Boston.
Taxi from Bar Harbor or Bangor Airport:

  • Amy’s Taxi & Tours - Phone: 207-479-9053
  • Point 2 Point Taxi & Tours - Phone: 207-669-0220
  • Bar Harbor Coastal Cab - Phone: 207-288-1222

Shuttle from Bangor Airport: Bar Harbor - Bangor Shuttle, Phone: (207) 479-5911

Conference Shuttles:

  • Shuttles are available to get you to/from conference events.  Pickup times are noted in the attached agenda.  Note that pickup times are different, depending on which hotel you are staying at.

Family Care:

  • The Jackson Laboratory Office of Courses and Conferences maintains a list of local community groups and organizations which offer child care services or can refer experienced, qualified caregivers to conference participants.  The Jackson Laboratory staff works with visiting conference participants on an individual basis to identify their needs and facilitate day care or day camp options.
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Other news

  • Tribute to Estela Medrano
  • The Colors of Our Skin: A mini-review on human skin color from the PASPCR.
  • Do White Blood Cells Make Cancer Deadly? Go to this link about the latest research by John Pawelek in Scientific American Magazine.
  • There is a new and improved Mouse Coat Color Genes web page, curated by Lluis Montoliu (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain) and Dorothy C. Bennett (St. George's, University of London, UK). Check it out.

Please support our annual meeting with a tax-exempt donation.

Please email us at if you'd like your contribution used towards a specific aspect of the meeting such as a speaker invitation, a social event or travel for new investigators.

Related societies

The PASPCR is part of a Federation of Societies. Below are the links to the homepages of our three sister societies, the Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research (ASPCR), the European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR) and the Japanese Society for Pigment Cell Research (JSPCR) and the home page of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS). Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research is the official Journal of the IFPCS and the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR).

© PanAmerican Society of Pigment Cell Research 2016