Harnessing the power of scientific discoveries in pigment cell research

The PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR) is an international group of scientists from across the Americas.  Each year, the society’s annual meeting brings together pigment cell researchers with translational scientists, clinicians and patient advocates unified in their interest in melanin, melanocytes and melanoma.

Online Only Registration deadline: September 17, 2021


Virtually 100% of grey horses (usually described as “white”) will get melanoma in their lifetimes. In recognition of the Bluegrass region’s particularly rich equine tradition, we are expanding the 2021 meeting to include a special day focused on horse pigmentation and melanoma. PASPCR will partner with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Gluck Equine Research Center and with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute to introduce scientific research and translational clinical possibilities related to horse pigmentation and melanoma.


The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic changed how we look at life and how we conduct business.  Knowing that obstacles also open possibilities, we designed resiliency into every facet of the PASPCR Annual Meeting. 

While the In-Person/Onsite registration window has closed, you can register as an Onsite Only participant and experience the same programming – minus the social interactions and food functions, of course.

For those registered as Onsite participants, we will follow all safety requirements specified by federal, state, local and private jurisdictions.  To that end, social distancing guidelines will determine the number of onsite attendees; and, we must acknowledge that those guidelines are in flux and may be in flux until the time of the meeting.



Internationally- and nationally-renowned pigment, melanocyte and melanoma scientists and clinicians will gather in Lexington to share the latest groundbreaking research related to pigmentation and melanocyte biology. From plenary sessions, panel discussions, keynote addresses and facility tours, pigmentation research will be at the forefront of all programming.


To explore how melanocytes respond to UV radiation – the most important environmental driver of melanoma and aging of the skin – PASPCR will partner with the American Society for Photobiology (ASP) to expand this annual conference into a joint symposium, open to members of both societies.

New this year, the Skin of Color Society (SOCS) joins us for two panel discussions that will underscore how expanding the breadth and depth of our pigmentation research — and the complexions of those who do the research — brings better health to all of us.

For Saturday’s equine-focused presentations, the UK Gluck Equine Research Center expands our horizons into the horse as a pigmentation model.


The poster presentation will be held in-person/onsite in Lexington, Ky., in the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.  (We also are exploring an online format for the presentation of posters.)  

Detailed instructions will be e-mailed to authors of accepted abstracts.


Travel awards in the amount of $750/person will be issued to PASPCR trainees and young investigators for selected poster and oral presentations. Consideration for expanding PASPCR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts will be given when conferring travel awards.

Awardees will be notified on or after August 16th via e-mail.


Industry Panels. Researchers and leaders in Industry will discuss pigment and melanoma research and commercialization outside the traditional academic setting.

Mentorship Mixer. Dedicated to advancing the careers of trainees, the Mentorship Mixer event is dedicated to pairing trainees with PASCPR mentors.  Current relationships are strengthened and new relationships formed at this popular gathering.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative. Speakers and programming will reflect the vital role of DEI in all aspects of enhancing pigment cell research, from expanding career opportunities – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identification, disability or sexual orientation – to considering pigment cell research issues across persons of varying complexion.

Scientific Council of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies (IFPCS). Top pigment cell and melanoma biologists from across the globe will join PASPCR 2021 for their annual council meeting, further enhancing our conference with research presentations and networking opportunities.  






(Closed) In-Person/Onsite Only* – Online Only registration is available at this time. It’s Lexington or bust! (priority, onsite attendance)

Online Only – I prefer streaming content delivered via the Internet. (no avenue for onsite attendance)

(Closed) FLEX: Onsite and/or Online* – Online Only registration is available at this time. I prefer to meet in-person/onsite but will need the FLEXiblilty of making travel plans later — knowing that onsite registration and/or hotel rooms may sell out.

*NOTE: In mid-June, Kentucky’s governor is scheduled to lift all social distancing and room capacity limits. To that end, we have not set limits on in-person/onsite registration; however, the possibility exists that new health and safety guidelines could be in effect by September 2021, depending on the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If capacity limits are reinstated, we will use the first-come/first-served adage to determine in-person/onsite participants — using the automatically generated timestamp on your payment receipt to determine the order.

Online Only Registrants won’t be affected by any fluctuations in capacity numbers.

Registration Fees

(Early Bird Registration ended July 18)

Regardless of registration type, the fees will be the same: Early Bird Registration: $500 for members (PASPCR, SOCS, ASP), $700 for non-members (You can save $96 by becoming a PASPCR member prior to registration for $154/year.) and $300 for students/trainees.

Not sure of your PASPCR membership status? Review current members by clicking here.

Saturday’s Equine Sessions are included in the full-conference registration fee; however the “Dinner on a Horse Farm” is an additional $100/person.

Interested only in the Saturday Equine Sessions? You can experience those for $75 for the day — and an additional $100/person (+ handling fees) for Dinner on a Horse Farm, should you like to dine with us.

Want to bring a guest to the Gala Dinner? Tickets for guests are $100/person (+ handling fees).

Online Only Registration deadline: September 17th

REGISTER HERE for the PASPCR 2021 Annual Meeting


Hyatt Regency Lexington — in the Heart of the City

Lexington’s most established downtown hotel serves as PASPCR’s conference hotel. Located next to Rupp Arena and Central Bank Center, the Hyatt offers spacious rooms, great views, free wireless, free parking and is within walking distance of over 70 locally owned restaurants and eateries. It also is within a 12-minute drive of the Blue Grass Airport.

Take a virtual tour: Hyatt Regency Lexington

Hyatt Room Rates: $160/night + tax: single / double / triple / quad occupancy.


Hotel rooms at the PASPCR rate are available online: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/LEXRL/G-SPCR

Prefer the phone over online? You can call the hotel for reservations: Ask for the PASPCR Room Rate: +1 859 253 1234


Blue Grass Airport (LEX), one of the “most beautiful approaches in the world”

If you choose to fly to Lexington, Blue Grass Airport (LEX) serves major cities all over the world, including several non-stops. Within a 12-minute drive of the Hyatt Regency, Blue Grass Airport offers free shuttle service to the hotel and easy-to-access gates and baggage claim: Blue Grass Airport


Lexington, Kentucky: Horse Capital of the World

Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the USA’s population, Lexington offers participants a centralized conference location that is as easy to get to as it is on the eyes. Lexington’s rolling countryside, limestone-rich soil and abundant water combine to make it the perfect place in the world to raise horses of every kind and nature — hence the moniker “Horse Capital of the World.” Combined, these aspects mean that coming to Lexington is both affordable, accessible and beautiful, and all three work together to create a memorable experience.

You can find out more about Lexington here: www.visitlex.com

A Different Kind of Bourbon “Street”

Of course, Kentucky is known as much for its fine Bourbon as it is for horses — that same water is a key ingredient to both — and we have the distilleries to prove it. You’ll experience more of our regional culture at Friday’s Gala Dinner!


Click here to download a copy of the PASPCR 2021 Annual Meeting brochure.


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