Events - 01 Feb 08:00Vitiligo Session at IMCAS World Congress 2020


Paris, France

The latest IMCAS congress in Paris was a scientific tribune of 12,529 attendees. The core of this year's congress revolved around traditional and non-conventional definitions of health and age. This involved an exhaustive scientific program that covered essentials in clinical dermatology, regenerative medicine, microbiome, as well as new innovations like AI & robotics.

A half-day vitiligo session at the congress was succinct and laconic, yet all-encompassing. Prof. Ninja Van Geel from Belgium discussed the proper diagnosis of vitiligo. The differential diagnosis of vitiligo isn’t trivial as it includes inflammatory, post-inflammatory, neoplastic and primary pigmentary genetic disorders.  Ninja asked nearly one hundred clinicians in the audience to find true vitiligo among eight images of vitiligo-like lesions. Only three of them were correct. 

Prof. Torello Lotti first discussed cosmetic treatments for vitiligo and, in the next presentation, skin and gut microbiome status in vitiligo patients. Latest research reveals dysbiosis in the diversity of microbial community structure in vitiligo subjects. Individual specific signature is clearly dominant over the vitiligo-specific microbiota in both cases, yet it warrants further investigation of community-specific correlations. 

Prof. Khaled Ezzedine shared his perspective on the latest in vitiligo therapies, while Prof. Laila Benzekri highlighted new insights melanocyte transplantation techniques for vitiligo. The future of vitiligo treatments — from genes to new molecules — was presented by Dr. Albert Wolkerstorfer. 

Vitiligo session at IMCAS World Congress 2020 follows the success of the previous educational events, and will continue to review and focus on the recent advancements in the diagnosis, treatment and management of vitiligo.

Room 141 on Saturday 1 February 2020, from 08:00 to 12:00


  • Dr Yan VALLE: Presentation of World Vitiligo Day
  • Pr Nanja VAN GEEL: Diagnosis and differential diagnosis of vitiligo
  • Pr Khaled EZZEDINE: How to treat vitiligo
  • Pr Torello M LOTTI: Cosmetic treatments in subjects with non-segmental vitiligo
  • Pr Laila BENZEKRI: New insights in melanocyte transplantation techniques for vitiligo
  • Dr Albert WOLKERSTORFER: From genes to new treatments
  • Q&A Session

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Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - Yan Valle

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - Nanja van Geel

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - Nanja van Geel -

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - Ezzedine

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - Lotti

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - panel

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - discussion

Vitiligo session at IMCAS Paris January 2020 - Lotti Q&A



FAQOther Questions

  • Vitiligo and hearing loss: any connection?

    In short, NO. Recent research shows no relationship between a degree of skin depigmentation and hearing loss severity in vitiligo patients. The results of this study showed tha...

  • 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 chemicals cause vitiligo?

    It’s important to remember there are multiple factors involved in vitiligo onset, including genetic predisposition, living and working environments, and exposure to certain chem...