The creation of the non-profit VR Foundation was inspired by an active teen-age girl who was diagnosed with vitiligo at an early age. When her father, Dmitry Aksenov, discovered that there was no effective treatment for vitiligo, he set out to expedite therapy development for this debilitating skin disease.
Although, thus far, his life experience had not focused on medical research or biotech, after years of searching for treatment, he came to realize that the inefficiency of existing treatments is a direct result of the lack of funding for vitiligo research. The poor state of funding also discourages new researchers who, instead, gravitate to where the money is, leaving a potential gaping hole in future vitiligo research programs.
Mr. Dmitry Aksenov had for many years donated to a variety of social and humanitarian causes – but the establishment of the VR Foundation in 2010 was his first major contribution to the field of medical research. Working with best researchers, Dmitry has seen how researchers are trying diligently to unlock the secrets unique to this skin disease. Many areas are still left under-investigated.
Foundation's CEO Yan Valle, who has been living with vitiligo for over 30 years, is now using his cross-border knowledge of IT and healthcare to reform a system for medical research and drug development that has failed to produce new patient treatments for millions living with this debilitating disease.
I support the petition to designate June 25 as Vitiligo World Day and save millions of people worldwide from social isolation and persecution.
What is coming?
World Vitiligo Day celebration conference in Detroit, USA
U.S. World Vitiligo Day 2017 Theme: "Step Up for Vitiligo: A Call for Truth, Hope and Change!" Reflecting the mission of the “Step Up for Vitiligo” campaign that came...23 June 2017 18:00, Detroit, Michigan, USA
New York Vitiligo Community Meeting
Our next meeting will be after the World Vitiligo Day conference in Detroit on Thursday, July 20th, 2017, at 7PM - 8:30PM on the 11th floor of NYU's Ambulatory Care Ce...20 July 2017 19:00, 240 East 38th Street, New York, NY
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 ...
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...
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...
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...