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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 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.

FAQOther Questions

  • Isn't it just a cosmetic disorder?

    Contrary to popular belief, vitiligo is not a cosmetic disorder but a systemic disease affecting the largest body organ and other vital systems, with multiple comorbidities. Fo...

  • Can a gluten-free diet help with vitiligo?

    It's very unlikely. We have specifically looked into claims that gluten-free diet may ease symptoms of vitiligo, or completely reverse it, and found no firm scientific evidence ...

  • Can Ginkgo Biloba help with vitiligo?

    Ginkgo Biloba seems to be a simple, safe, inexpensive and fairly effective therapy for vitiligo. It is mostly effective in halting the progression of the disease. It can also sp...