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Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that results in the appearance of white spots on the skin. It affects 0.5-2% of the population (about 1/100 people) regardless of race and gender, and can be psychologically devastating for vitiligo patients due to its disfiguring appearance.
Dr. John E. Harris is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in vitiligo, diagnosing and offering treatment for patients in the Vitiligo Clinic at UMass Medical School and Hospital.
Dr. Harris is also a physician-scientist who directs a laboratory focused on studying vitiligo with the goal of developing new treatments. He and his research team have identified a key inflammatory pathway that causes vitiligo, and have begun to test new treatments that shut this pathway off, stopping the spread and reversing the disease through repigmentation of the white spots.