Frontiers in pigment cell and melanoma research

Fabian V. Filipp, Stanca Birlea, Marcus W. Bosenberg, Douglas Brash, Pamela B. Cassidy, Suzie Chen, John A. D'Orazio, Mayumi Fujita, Boon Kee Goh, Meenhard Herlyn, Arup K. Indra, Lionel Larue, Sancy A. Leachman, Caroline Le Poole, Feng Liu-Smith, Prashiela Manga, Lluis Montoliu, David A. Norris, Yiqun Shellman, Keiran S.M. SmalleyRichard A. Spritz, Richard A. Sturm, Susan M. Swetter, Tamara Terzian, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Jeffrey S. Weber, Neil F. Box

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In this perspective, we identify emerging frontiers in clinical and basic research of melanocyte biology and its associated biomedical disciplines. We describe challenges and opportunities in clinical and basic research of normal and diseased melanocytes that impact current approaches to research in melanoma and the dermatological sciences. We focus on four themes: (1) clinical melanoma research, (2) basic melanoma research, (3) clinical dermatology, and (4) basic pigment cell research, with the goal of outlining current highlights, challenges, and frontiers associated with pigmentation and melanocyte biology. Significantly, this document encapsulates important advances in melanocyte and melanoma research including emerging frontiers in melanoma immunotherapy, medical and surgical oncology, dermatology, vitiligo, albinism, genomics and systems biology, epidemiology, pigment biophysics and chemistry, and evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-735
Number of pages8
JournalPigment Cell and Melanoma Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The council of the Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research and the council of the International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies are grateful for support by grant R13 AR071775 from the National Institutes of Health.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd


  • International Pigment Cell Conference
  • UV
  • albinism
  • cancer prevention
  • dermatology
  • immunotherapy
  • melanin
  • melanocyte
  • melanoma
  • melasma
  • pigmentation
  • skin
  • vitiligo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • Dermatology


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