Events - 29 May 18:07Conference Advances In Vitiligo Research And Care


Doubletree Hotel, Orange, CA

The PanAmerican Society of Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR) will be offering a unique meeting opportunity this year. In advance of their 2015 scientific Conference: Advances In Vitiligo Research And Care, the PASPCR in collaboration with the Vitiligo Working Group and Vitiligo Support International are offering a Vitiligo Pre-Meeting to bring vitiligo patients, their doctors, and some people who specialize in vitiligo research together in one place.

When and where?

The Vitiligo Pre-Meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA, on Sunday September 27, 2015, with an optional dinner/social the evening before, on Saturday September 26. Conference day will begin with a breakfast at 8 a.m., and will conclude at around 2:00 that afternoon.

Who are the Speakers?

The committee will have quite a few speakers to choose from but will not select the final program until all of the speaker presentations have been submitted. We will update the program as we go along, but everyone signing this invitation letter below will for sure be there.

Can patients get together for dinner?

If you are coming from out of town and are able to arrive by 7:00 p.m. on Saturday (9/26), we encourage you to participate in a vitiligo social dinner at Dave and Busters, which is within walking distance from the hotel. Note that food and drink expenses for this social event are not covered by the conference registration fees, however we must have an accurate headcount for the restaurant reservation, so those wishing to participate need to indicate their attendance on the conference registration.

How much does the conference cost?

Thanks in part to conference grants offered by the Vitiligo Working Group and UC Irvine Dermatology to offset meeting costs, registration is only $80.00. The $80 fee covers the meeting facility, breakfast, and lunch, as well as presentations and forum discussion by experts in vitiligo research and treatment. Seating is limited, so we suggest that you plan ahead and sign up as soon as possible.

How do I register for the meeting?

You can register and pay online. You will notice that the website also includes scientific information about skin pigmentation, dont worry, you are in the right place! First go to the meeting program page on the website From the left menu- select Meeting Registration.

From the middle of the page, under Standard Registration, select registration form>> Select the first option Vitiligo Pre-Meeting, If you would like to reserve a space to attend the Saturday evening social and dinner- then you need to also select the second option Vitiligo social self pay. Complete the form (patients may disregard Institution and Department fields.) At the bottom, select send registration.
Once your registration is successfully submitted you will receive an email confirmation.

Payment: Once the payment section has been completed/submitted, your online registration will be complete. If you are not automatically directed to the Payment page, then: from the Meeting Registration page, under Standard Registration, select credit card/paypal>> Select Registration vitiligo pre-meeting (US$ 80) Once you have completed the payment process your seat will be reserved!
Each attendee must sign and date a Conference Liability Waiver and Photo release upon arrival.


For questions that are not answered on the website, contact the vitiligo pre-meeting organizing team:
  • Dr. Caroline Le Poole of Loyola University Chicago in Maywood, IL at on behalf of the PASPCR.
  • Dr. Anand Ganesan of UC Irvine in Orange, CA at on behalf of the local PASPCR conference organizing committee
  • Dr. John Harris of the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA at on behalf of the Vitiligo Working Group
  • Jackie Gardner at on behalf of Vitiligo Support International, Inc
  • Dr. Pearl Grimes of the Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute of Southern Califormia on Los Angeles, CA at as a local vitiligo pre-meeting host and
  • Dr. Amit Pandya of UTSouthwestern in Dallas, TX at as the scientific program chair.
We look forward to meeting with you in September!

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