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July 1, 2013: We reached nearly 25% mark of the target 500,000 signatures.
June 20, 2013: Vitiligo Research Foundation Granted 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status» » »
June 19, 2013: World Vitiligo Day - 2013 campaign news » » »
June 1, 2013: Check out these beautiful and creative T-shirt designs and, who knows, maybe you possess the same weakness as we do. Inspire your team » » »
May 25, 2013: Congratulations! VITSAF Founder/ED Mrs. Ogo Maduewesi gets Certificate in Advocacy and Citizen Engagement from Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University Canada. See Photo » » »
May 24, 2013: Results of preliminary study: researchers stop vitiligo progression! Read more
May 11, 2013: Master Class on Vitiligo and Pigmentary Diseases in Brazil, October 25-26, 2013. First official announcement.
February 28, 2013: Vitiligo Working Group meeting: a brief report. Agenda and presentation are available for download.
January 31, 2013: Creating connections for Science: VR Foundation joins NIAMS Coalition.
More than 70 organizations (medical, patient advocacy and science based) make up the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Coalition, a group dedicated to advancing the critical research fostered by the NIAMS and the NIH.
January 23, 2013: The Dead Sea climatotherapy for vitiligo: fact or fiction? Our team has descended almost 400 meters below the sea level to evaluate efficacy of one of the oldest known therapies for vitiligo.
January 10, 2013: Updated: Roundtable on Vitiligo report and photos
December 24, 2012: Abstracts from supplement to Dermatologic Therapy Journal "Vitiligo: State of the Art" sponsored by the VRF are now available in Publications
December 14, 2012: The Roundtable on Vitiligo was hosted within the framework of 1st Winter Consensus Conference of Dermatology
November 16, 2012: VRF China Master Class. This symposium is a globally significant meeting on vitiligo which this year brought together dermatology experts from around the world to share the latest research and techniques for treating vitiligo. Report and photos. The special announcement for vitiligo research grant proposals focused on China. the World Health Academy. It continues the legacy of the World Vitiligo Symposium (2011) and the World Vitiligo Day (2012) campaign.
September 6, 2012: VITSAF holds first-ever Africa Vitiligo Conference on October 18-20,2012
If you are a vitiligo patient, a colleague, a friend, a family member,- especially if you live in Nigeria and across Africa, - you would not want to miss this event! This conference is opened to patients and their family members, medical community, Ministries of Health, health care professionals, social workers,, who understand that being a skin patient can be frustrating at times. We encourage patients from across the Africa to attend. Financial assistance is available. More details are ready for your download: Press-release and Poster . VRF is proud to co-sponsor the event powered by Ogo Maduewesi, the VITSAF founder and president.
July 28, 2012: BREAKING NEWS on World Vitiligo Day campaign
The US Delaware Gov. Markell To Proclaim July As Vitiligo Awareness Month. Markell will be joined by members of the Delaware Vitiligo Support and Awareness Group in his office in the Tatnall Building in Dover. This is the first major event in vitiligo since the World Vitiligo Day campaign has begun only a month ago.
Coming next: the VITSAF founder Ogo Maduewesi is pushing the Nigerian Senate to pass legislation in recognition this skin disease. Three Nobelists will speak on vitiligo at WHA / VRF winter consensus conference in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
June 29, 2012: WORLD VITILIGO DAY report and photos
The World Vitiligo Day was celebrated in a series of synchronized events around the world. It started with the press conference in Rome on June 22nd, continued with free dermatology consultations across Italy over the weekend, rolled into street events in Brazil and Nigeria, appeared on media radars and screens in Botswana, Chad, China, Czech, France, India, Macedonia, the UK and USA on June 25th, and finished at the national dermatology congress in Russia on June 26th… until the next big event in December.
June 25, 2012: Must see this The Nine discusses World Vitiligo Day 2012 on FoxTV, with Lee Thomas
I support the petition to designate June 25 as Vitiligo World Day and save millions of people worldwide from social isolation and persecution.
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...
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...
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo (pronounced vit-ill-EYE-go) is a relatively common skin disease characterized by smooth, white, painless spots or patches on various parts of the body. It doe...
What tests should be done?
No tests are usually necessary to make the diagnosis. The white patches may be seen more easily under Wood's light examination.