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.

Estela Medrano

Colleagues and Friends,

It is with deep sadness that I convey the message that Estela Medrano was killed the morning of August 30 in a car accident on her way home from the airport. What a loss. Estela was an outstanding scientist and a wonderful colleague. She was just about to become the new Society for Melamoma Research (SMR) Secretary/Treasurer. Such a tragedy and a profound loss for her family, friends and pigment cell community. A Memorial Lecture and memorial are being planned.

As a tribute in her memory, a post at the IFPCS blog ( will publish all comments received from people wishing to remember Estela Medrano. Please add a comment or send your message to and it will be attached to this post.

Thank you.

Frank Meyskens
President, PASPCR

*Picture from her lab web page at Baylor College of Medicine

© PanAmerican Society of Pigment Cell Research 2016