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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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VR Foundation is now a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council 26.05.2016
Our application for membership at ECOSOC - United Nations Economic and Social Council was approved earlier this week. We will work with ECOSOC to bring people and issues together, like the World Vitiligo Day campaign, to promote collective action for a sustainable world.
Quarterly research review: new findings may improve quality of life. 17.05.2016
Our new Quarterly Review covers 59 papers on vitiligo published between October and December 2015. Among other significant findings, take note of that once-a-week treatment with targeted UVB seems to be as efficient as commonly used bi-weekly protocol for repigmentation of vitiligo lesions. Read highlights or download.
Insurance companies rage war on vitiligo 26.04.2016
A non-profit health provider from New York, Emblem Health (including GHI and HIP) is no longer providing reimbursement for vitiligo phototherapy treatments. However, it will consider on a case-by-case basis reimbursement for "excimer laser treatment confined to areas of the face, neck or hands only”, with an additional caveat of a "documented failure of adherent 3-month trial of both: i. high-potency (Class II steroids) ii. Protopic."
CIGNA, a global health insurance provider, is not providing reimbursement for ANY phototherapy for vitiligo (UVB or laser) since 05.15.2015. From CIGNA's unique point of view, "such treatment is considered cosmetic and not medically necessary". Read our FAQ on insurance coverage for vitiligo treatments here.
"What are you hiding?" 20.04.2016
This is the question Bey asks in the trailer for her project Lemonade. Winnie Harlow, the 21-year-old Canadian model and vitiligo celebrity, also known as Chantelle, appears smack dab in the middle of Beyonce's cryptic video, wearing a crown of thorns and a braided updo. Watch it on HBO for an hour on April 23 at 9 p.m. (Update: find a full story on Mashable)
What is coming?
Artwork and performance exhibition "Embodiment"
We would like to invite you June 4th, 2016 to the exhibition of the latest artwork project by Stephanie Corne called "Embodiment", which is an invitation to see the in...04 June 2016 13:00, Waterfront Museum 290 Conover Stre...
XVII Master Class on Vitiligo in Manaus, Brazil
XVII Master Class on Vitiligo in Brazil will focus on therapeutic options for vitiligo, including ethno-botanical or 'traditional medicines' of Amazon tribes. When: J...10 June 2016 00:00, Manaus, Brazil
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...
Is vitiligo contagious?
Vitiligo is NOT contagious. It cannot be passed on or caught from touching someone with vitiligo, shaking hands, swimming in the same pool, sharing towels, sitting nex...
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...
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 ...
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