Researchers need blood, skin or hair samples to make discoveries that will lead to new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for vitiligo.
Patients may contribute by donating your biosamples at any of the 10+ participating centers across the world. Look up the nearest vitiligo biobank location at the World Vitiligo Map. Alternatively, you may contact us and we will help you connect with the appropriate researcher.
If you decide to contribute to the Vitiligo Biobank, you will be asked to come to a participating dermatologist's office and take three simple steps:
- Sign a document saying that you want to participate (sample Patient Consent Form, pdf may vary slightly depending on location.)
- Complete a questionnaire about you, your lifestyle, and your family’s medical history (sample Vitiligo Patient Record, pdf.)
- Provide a blood sample. If you are having blood drawn as part of your clinic visit, you will not need to have blood drawn again. Depending on the facility, you may be asked to donate a 4-mm sample of your skin or 3-5 hairs with bulbs.
Holders of vitiligo biosamples are invited to participate in Vitiligo Biobank Network. The participants own their samples and patient records. The VRF only guides them in building the collection and aggregates the anonymized data in a central bio-IT system Vitiligo CloudBank.
For detailed information about opportunities for research collaboration, we suggest you make direct contact with Chief Scientific Director Dr. Igor Korobko at email@example.com
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