Firmly committed to curing vitiligo, the Vitiligo Research Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, funding and fast-tracking medical research globally. Our mission is to develop effective treatments for millions of people around the world who suffer from vitiligo.
The foundation was born from the determination of one man - Dmitry Aksenov - to help his daughter, who was diagnosed with this debilitating skin disease at an early age.
After years of trying, and failing, to find an effective treatment for his daughter Dmitry realized something was wrong as vitiligo wasn’t getting the attention it deserved from the research community, because the money was not there to support projects.
Determined to change this, Dmitry decided to take up the fight himself and established the Vitiligo Research Foundation in 2010 – a charity with a remit to transcend national borders by funding and instigating vitiligo research across the world. We have since gone from strength to strength and it is our ongoing mission to develop effective treatments to help the millions of people around the world who suffer from vitiligo. We also support vitiligo support groups and fight against the prejudice and ignorance that surrounds this disease.
Of course, there is still much work to be done and we won’t rest until a cure is found for vitiligo. Help us by donating today.
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What is coming?
NY Vitiligo Community Meeting in September
Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 21st, at 7PM - 8:30PM on the 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Care Center at 240 East 38th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Av...21 September 2017 19:00, 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Car...
Vitiligo Advocacy Day at the US Capitol
Save-the-Date for the much anticipated Vitiligo Advocacy Day at the United States Capitol this fall. As many of you know, the Advocacy Committee of the Global Vitilig...04 October 2017 10:00, Washington, DC
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 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...
Can chemicals cause vitiligo?
Yes, certain chemicals can, indeed, induce or worsen vitiligo. Most commonly they include phenols, such as 4-tertiary-butyl phenol (4-TBP, found in adhesives) or 4-ter...
Is it possible to stop the progression of vitiligo?
It is true that vitiligo progression could be stopped in 4 out of 5 cases by the use of potent systemic corticosteroids. However, systemic corticosteroids might ha...