About Us

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.

Our Story

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 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 non-profit organization with a remit to transcend national borders by funding and instigating vitiligo research across the world. 

Mr. Aksenov had for many years donated to a variety of social and humanitarian causes – but the establishment of the VR Foundation was his first major contribution to the field of medical research. Working with the top specialists in the field, Dmitry has seen how researchers are trying diligently to unlock the secrets of this skin disease. 

Our Team

We maintain a small but highly-qualified professional staff, supplemented by a global network of unpaid experts and opinion leaders in the field of vitiligo, who help us in many ways. This model allows us to minimize operating expenses and ensure as much money as possible goes into the battle against vitiligo.

Our MANAGEMENT TEAM comprises people with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, all working for a common cause – to find a cure for vitiligo and make a difference in the lives of vitiligo patients.

Our BOARD OF DIRECTORS brings the rigor and efficiency of the leadership into the vitiligo world. Top specialists in scientific research, business, media and non-profit provide strategic oversight and ensure our mission stays targeted and on track.

Our SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD comprises leading vitiligo researchers and practitioners, as well as experts in related fields - including genetics, immunology and drug development.  

Our Work

We are a small organization with a big reach. From our New York office we manage an international program of research and outreach projects, all centered on finding a cure for vitiligo and helping those with the disease.

We believe that to make a real difference we need to do things differently from the way disease research is currently conducted:

  • We monitor everything that is happening in the vitiligo field across the world. We monitor academic research, clinical practice, trials, products - from traditional medicine to the pharmaceutical pipeline - as well as social events and support activities.
  • We develop and fund the most promising research programs. We channel resources to the world’s top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration, to speed breakthroughs.
  • We support outreach programs across the world that educate and inform people about vitiligo. These include master-classes for doctors, collaboration programs and the World Vitiligo Day.

We have 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. 

Our Results 

Your donation enables us to support vitiligo research and community projects across the world. This money has enabled us to do some amazing things, such as:

  • Launch and fund the World Vitiligo Day, a global happening on June 25 each year, and put it on the United Nations' calendar. 
  • Fund research that is striving to find a cure for vitiligo. 
  • Create the specialized bio-IT system and global network of vitiligo biobanks.  
  • Fund and help numerous vitiligo support groups in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. 
  • Write over 50 articles, reviews and other papers, Q&A and books in seven languages. 
  • Host Vitiligo Master-Classes and conferences in eleven countries.
  • Create an open World Vitiligo Directory and Map.

We are 100% funded by donations, so without your support we would simply cease to exist. To ensure we continue the fight against vitiligo, please donate today.

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