News - 21 Apr `22VIPOC Conference in Amsterdam


The biennial event of Vitiligo International Patient Organizations Conference (VIPOC) goes to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on April 21-23, 2022. Join us live via Zoom 



Wednesday April 20th 

Thursday April 21st - Patient leader’s day

  • Presentation of the Vitiligo patient groups delegates (Paul Monteiro, Nicole Maquignon)
  • Round table (all VIPOC participants)
  • Vitiligo presentations worldwide tour (10 min per country)
  • Why to build vitiligo strategy and advocacy focus (Jean-Marie Meraunt, Richard Huggins, Yan Valle)
  • Regional focus working groups (all participants)
  • Proposal's  summary and strategy definition (working group leaders)
  • Synthesis (Georg Pliszewski)


  • Patient engagement at European Medicament Agency view (Maria Mavris)
  • Q&A with all participants
  • VITAL project : presentation, patient organization involvement – Q&A (Nanja Van Geel)
  • VITAL working groups (all participants)


  • VIPOC AGM and Board meeting 
  • Summary of the day

Friday April 22nd - Science day 

  • Presentation study: vitiligo / COVID (Nicolin Post)
  • Introduction program + vitiligo guidelines first chapter (Nanja Van Geel)
  • Physiopathology of vitiligo (Julien Seneschal)
  • Topical treatments (Albert Wolkerstorfer, Jung Min Bae)
  • Phototherapy (Giovanni Leone, Samia Esmat)
  • Oral steroids (Markus Bohm, Marwa Abdallah)
  • Systemic interventions (Reinhart Speeckaert, Mauro Picardo)
  • Surgical interventions (Iltefat Hamzavi, Laila Benzekri)


  • Workshop patient focus group
  • Depigmentation (Khaled Ezzedine, Caroline Le Poole)
  • Other interventions (Marcel Bekkenk, Jean-Marie Meraunt, Viktoria Eleftheriadou)
  • Innovative and emerging strategies (Davinder Parsad, Amit Pandya)
  • Link to survey vitiligo guidelines, part 1


  • Round table discussion
  • Link to survey vitiligo guidelines, part 2
  • Closing

Saturday 23rd  - Pharma day

  • Morning: Working groups with Pharma industries
  • Afternoon: Cultural understanding of arts (Rijksmuseum visit), visit of Amsterdam
  • Evening: VIPOC conference closing dinner

Sunday 24th - Wrapping up

  • Morning session: what did we good / bad and how to improve it next time?


PHOTOS and REPORT (download pdf here below)

Introducing Vitiligo Patient Journey Map


VIPOC President Jean-Marie Meraunt welcomes online participants


Paul Monteiro and Nicole Maquignon are presenting VIPOC


At the VIPOC roundtable


Jackie Gardner, VSI President, is talking to online participants


Prof. Albert Wolkerstorfer is discussing topical therapies for vitiligo



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