Who we are?
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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Fellowships available 29.07.2016
Three fellowships worth about 180,000 USD each spread over three years for research costs and child care are available from Human Frontier Science Program. A candidate who is a national of one of the supporting countries can apply to work in a research institution in any country. The deadline for password registration and initiation of the online application is 11 August 2016.
VRF Board meeting decision and policy update 13.07.2016
We’re winding down our scientific programs to focus on policy-making and education.
This is a unanimous decision made by the VR Foundation Board of Directors, after careful deliberation about how best to serve the vitiligo community. In a way, we are a victim of our own success in transforming the landscape of vitiligo research, awareness and funding.
Our work has profoundly changed the lives of nearly 100 million vitiligo sufferers and their families. But this comes at a cost - in time, money and effort. The increasing range and volume of global activities is overwhelming our small non-profit organization. Something had to give, which is a major reason for withdrawing the scientific programs.
We have achieved far more in the scientific field than we thought possible, but now it’s time to draw back. We must consider what remaining elements of our scientific program should continue, and how to facilitate free access to our data.
You deserve a full explanation. Check out your mailbox for our newsletter this weekend and you will learn where do we go from here.
This is in no way an epilogue for the VRF. It’s simply an announcement of a new chapter in our story.
CEO VR Foundation
World Vitiligo Day 2016 26.06.2016
June 25th is a day of celebration of our lives and our community. The first World Vitiligo Day was held in 2011 and has since become an annual, global event. Over the years, its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the bullying, social neglect, psychological trauma, disability. This year's rally and other events were one of the largest and most exciting in history of the World Vitiligo Day.
World Vitiligo Day 2016 was an upbeat and festive event that drew huge crowds around the world numbering thousands of participants and many more spectators. From Kazakhstan to Italy, India, Kenya, Spain, Cuba, Brazil, Canada and the US people marched the streets and occupied classrooms. Read more
World Vitiligo Pre-Day 2016. 25.06.2016
Just one day to go. World Vitiligo Day 2016 is almost upon us. Here’s some of the major news. Firstly, there’s a big rally taking place in Washington DC. So big, in fact, that we’re having to start on Friday evening to pack everything in! Read more.
What is coming?
Annual Master Class on Vitiligo in India
Our annual Master Class on Vitiligo and Pigmentary Disorders will be held this time in Hyderabad (India) on September 9-10, 2016, under the Chairmanship of Prof. Davin...09 September 2016 09:00, Hyderabad, India
Master Class on Vitiligo in Batumi, Georgia
(to be confirmed) We will return to beautiful Georgia with master class on vitiligo this October 14, under the chairmanship of Prof. Nino Tsiskarishvili.14 October 2016 09:00, Batumi, Georgia
Are there any famous people with vitiligo?
Many celebrities have dealt with vitiligo while remaining in the public eye, maintaining a positive outlook, and having a successful career. Here are a few courageous ...
I have vitiligo: will my children have vitiligo, too?
In some cases vitiligo seems to be inherited and run in families, with children whose parents have vitiligo being at increased risk of developing the condition themsel...
Who is prone to vitiligo?
Vitiligo affects 0.5-2% of the population, and occurs in all races and all social levels. Vitiligo can affect people of all ages, but often starts between the ages of ...
What causes vitiligo?
The precise cause of vitiligo is not well understood. The white areas appear due to loss of the pigment (melanin) that gives skin its color and protects it from the su...
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