News

  • XXIV Master Class on Vitiligo and Pigmentary Disorders will be held alongside 3rd Indo China Dermatology Conference and the Annual Scientific Meeting Of Dermatology and Venereology of the VSDV, in collaboration with the World Health Academy Dermatology (WHAD). Details
  • XXIII Master Class on Vitiligo and Pigmentary Disorders is planned in Havana, Cuba on November 16-18, 2017. This multi-side event will be held in collaboration with INDERCOS and Cuban Vitiligo Support and Research Group, VITAMIGOS. International and national expert speakers wi...
  • US-based organizations with an active dermatology fellowship program are invited to submit a grant proposal before July 14, 2017. The purpose of this external grant is to provide support the continued training of fellows focused on research, up to $80,000 per year for up to tw...
  • Clinical trials for new vitiligo treatment are soon to begin at Department of Dermatology of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York city. The study would require regular visits to the clinic. Anyone interested shall call directly at 212-241-3288 and ask for Grace ...
  • As I write, celebrations are underway all over the world. US national celebrations are themed Step Up for Vitiligo: A call for Truth, Hope and Change. The event is led by Dr. Richard Huggins, powered by Lee Thomas and his Clarity Foundation and hosted by the V-Strong Vitiligo ...
  • Vitiligo, among other several other debilitating skin diseases, is considered as a disability, and World Vitiligo Day is marked on the UN Calendar of Disability Events.  VR Foundation works across the United Nations to uphold the highest standards of the Convention on the Rig...
  • Researchers from University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas unintentionally discovered the mechanisms that give rise to hair graying and baldness, according to the recent publication in the journal Genes and Development. A parallel research from an international group supporte...
  • Check out our latest newsletter scheduled for publication today. 
  • The VRF newsletter is an excellent way to quickly consume news on vitiligo, lifestyle and skincare in general, in an educational and entertaining way. It usually goes out on the last weekend of every month, and occasionally, in the middle of the month, too. We'll challenge you...
  • Im sure you feel there is too much information floating around. And turning this sea of data into anything meaningful on any subject requires more effort than most peoples available time, energy or memory. Not to mention the fact that half of studies you read about in the news...
  • Well, I believe I can help you maybe just a little by sharing my story. Something that I thought was once cool was changed due to anothers perspective. Because that makes totally sense, right... It began in my freshmen year of high school during track and field in spring. I...
  • Even though most tax-exempt nonprofit organizations like ours do not pay federal taxes, they are required to file annual tax returns with the IRS. This informational reporting return is called a Form 990.  VR Foundation is committed to transparency in financial reporting and ...
  • We want be sure that you are aware of a unique new funding opportunity, with a tight deadline. Last week, the National Institutes of Health announced a $5M project. It is aimed at US-based organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program,...
  • As we are gearing up towards the World Vitiligo Day 2017, the first announcement comes from Nigeria. WVD Abuja 2017 will be a fun filled two part event; A 5-10km hike, and a Purple Tunic Party themed 'Difference is Beautiful'. Check out VITSAF website for more details.
  • The VR Foundation Board of Directors today announced the resignation of Igor Korobko, PhD, DSci, who has served as Chief Scientific Director of the organization since it's inception. Dr. Korobko had informed the Board he intended to resign and focus on his academic career at t...
  • A strong and well-funded Vitiligo Center would make a word of difference, as we discussed recently with President of VR Foundation, Mr. Dmitry Aksenov, and VITFriends founder Valarie Molyneaux and Barbara Hamilton in Boston.  A week before, Prof. Agharid El Gamal from Egypt b...
  • Don't scramble to get curcumin, simvastatin or JAK inhibitors for vitiligo. Theres always a chance that they will work in some people, and we just havent figured out exactly who that is yet. Nature and Dr. John Harris report a cautionary tale of recent clinical trials in our n...
  • Whether you take care of other peoples skin or your own, Im sure theres things youd like to achieve or do better in 2017. We'll take a look at a few positive ways to reach that next level, debunk common myths and un-healthy advice, find out how fast your skin is aging and talk...
  • Since we plugged in Google Analytics in 2012, our web sites served well over 1.2 million users. Over half of our web traffic is now mobile. We survived several nasty cyber attacks. We are now implementing new technologies to better serve and empower vitiligo patients, to creat...
  • As we started preparations for it's seventh year activities, Natasha Pierre shared with us proclamations that Vitiligo Bond has received in support of the World Vitiligo Day in 2016. Signed by 18 US Governors from: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, In...
  • Its a perfect time to reflect on whats happened in 2016. Theres been some notable achievements - VR Foundation has become a consultative member of the UN ECOSOC and World Vitiligo Day is now on the UN Calendar of disability events! The U.S. Congress is also re-considering the ...
  • June 25 now marks World Vitiligo Day on the UN Calendar of Disabilities Events! This is a milestone achievement worthy a big celebration. Next stop, recognition by the UN General Assembly. Avanti! 
  • In case you missed, here is our latest newsletter published on November 27, 2016. 
  • Nearly 50 representatives of international dermatological societies and support groups, and also healthcare officials and doctors attended the Winter Consensus Conference and Master Class on December 4, 2016. The theme of the meeting was Working Towards Common Actions at the U...
  • A monthly dose of good news from VR Foundation was sent out this past weekend. If you missed it, please read our current newsletter issue here .

FAQOther Questions

  • Who is prone to vitiligo?

    Scientists know that some people are genetically predisposed to a specific group of autoimmune diseases – including generalized vitiligo – but do not know who and why.It doesn’t...

  • Are there any famous people with vitiligo?

    Many celebrities have dealt with vitiligo while remaining in the public eye, maintaining a positive outlook, and having a successful career. Here are a few courageous famous peo...

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    Extracts of the tropical fern Polypodium leucotomos appear to have beneficial properties for the vitiligious skin. Polypodium leucotomos (also classified as Polypodium aureum)...