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Firmly committed to curing Vitiligo, the VR Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization funding and fast-tracking medical research globally. Our mission is to accelerate the end of suffering for millions of people who suffer from vitiligo through research, support and education » » »more
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a long-term condition that causes pale, white patches to develop on the skin - in severe cases these cover the whole body. Vitiligo affects one in every hundred people and can strike anyone at any time, often leading to depression and isolation - especially amongst children. We need your help in finding a cure for this debilitating and distressing disease and to support the millions of vitili...more
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Breakthrough research in genetics of vitiligo 10.10.2016
In a study published in the Journal Nature Genetics today, Prof. Richard Spritz, MD, Director of the Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program at the University of Colorado, and a team of international researchers, - including VRF - announced new genetic links to vitiligo. Researchers conducted genome-wide association studies on 4,680 people with vitiligo and 39,586 control cases and found the genes that provide a framework for the genetic architecture and biological mechanisms of vitiligo. They also highlight relationships with other autoimmune diseases and melanoma.
By identifying new genes and specifics of gene regulations, the investigators can highlight and further investigate potential targets for treatment. A better understanding of the causes of vitiligo could also lead to breakthroughs in other conditions, such as: thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, Addison's disease and lupus. Read "Genome-wide association studies of autoimmune vitiligo identify 23 new risk loci and highlight key pathways and regulatory variants"
VRF Newsletter September 2016 04.10.2016
In case you missed it, here is our most recent newsletter with Good Reads, Bad Publishers, New Meetings and more
Clinical trials layer disappears from the World Vitiligo Map. 27.09.2016
Thanks to new federal rules, researchers will have to publicly report the results of nearly all clinical trials, including those for drugs and devices that never reach the market. The new rules also require sponsors to update Clinical Trials website about the status of ongoing studies. Currently, some entries languish for years without new information, thus leaving patients and researchers in the dark about whether a trial is still underway. VRF was filling the void with a curated database of all ongoing clinical trials in vitiligo, and projecting results on a separate layer of the World Vitiligo Map. Starting today, we can finally stop this time-consuming and laborious process. There are currently 16 studies on vitiligo listed on ClinicalTrails.gov
Monograph on vitiligo treatments 23.09.2016
was presented at the XXI Master Class in Kazakhstan earlier today. It's a first ever comprehensive book on vitiligo in Kazakh, with translation in Russian and English. More
What is coming?
Palestine Pan Arab Master Class on Vitiligo
This master-class will be held alongside 15th Pan Arab Congress of Dermatology and Venereology, jointly with the 4th International Palestinian Congress, in Ramallah (P...08 November 2016 09:00, Ramallah, Palestine
"Escape Colorism. Be True You" by Vitiligo Bond
Learn how to use emotional intelligence to liberate your authentic power, creativity and happiness. Speakers include:  Siman, conference host Jeremy Mincey, c...17 November 2016 18:00, Atlanta, Georgia. USA
Dermaroller® use for vitiligo therapy
A derma-roller is a medical device that looks like a cylindrical shaped drum studded with very fine needles and is produced under several different names. It is used i...
Polypodium leucotomos as an adjunct treatment for vitiligo?
Extracts of the tropical fern Polypodium leucotomos appear to possess beneficial properties for the vitiligious skin. Polypodium leucotomos (also classified as Polypo...
Is there a traditional medicine to treat vitiligo?
During the last decades, new methods of therapeutic research, ethno-botany and ethno-pharmacology and even archeo-pharmacology (PubMed), have been used extensively to ...
I have a new job - should I tell colleagues about my vitiligo?
If you are starting a new job and you are concerned about stares and questions about your skin, try a proactive approach. When the time is right and you are feeling co...
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