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"Speaking of Vitiligo..."

I am a physician-scientist who focuses my clinical and research efforts on vitiligoI am a physician-scientist who focuses my clinical and research efforts on vitiligo, and therefore I think about this disease a lot – all the time, in fact. Therefore I thought it would be helpful to share my thoughts with others who are interested in vitiligo as well, particularly the patients who suffer from it and their loved ones. I want to make clear that while I am affiliated with many vitiligo organizations, my comments in this blog are my own, and do not reflect the opinions of those organizations. In addition, my research is largely focused on finding new treatments, and ultimately a cure, for vitiligo. This work is supported by a number of sources, including pharmaceutical companies, which by definition creates potential conflicts of interest. In full disclosure, here is a list of our vitiligo research supporters. Please know that, to the best of my ability, all of my comments are unbiased reflections of my understanding of vitiligo as both a physician and scientist. I do not permit advertisements on my website, and do not endorse companies or products that may advertise on other sites that may be referenced here.

Kim Kardashian and Vitiligo: A Step Forward in Raising Awareness

Posted On: miércoles, julio 24, 2024

Kim Kardashian's recent announcement that her son has vitiligo sparked a global conversation about this common skin condition. Here at the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center at UMass Chan Medical School, we’re grateful for her openness.

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Beyond the Toy Box: A Deeper Dive into Vitiligo Representation in Toys

Posted On: miércoles, julio 17, 2024

For many children with vitiligo, the world of make-believe can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and acceptance. But for too long, that world hasn't fully reflected their reality. Thankfully, things are beginning to change! We're seeing a rise in toys featuring vitiligo representation, offering a much-needed mirror for these children. But this movement goes deeper than just plastic and plush. Let's delve into the impact of these toys and explore what the future holds for inclusive playtime.

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What is World Vitiligo Day?

Posted On: martes, junio 25, 2024

World Vitiligo Day isn't just a date on the calendar, it's a global movement dedicated to raising awareness, advocating for people with vitiligo, and fostering a strong sense of community. Every June 25th, we unite under the color purple, not just for awareness, but to celebrate the remarkable journey we share.

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World Vitiligo Day 2024: A Huge Success!

Posted On: lunes, junio 24, 2024

I’m on a plane back home from 2024 World Vitiligo Day celebrations in Indianapolis! This year was unique, in that 3 different meetings were planned together, including a new children’s camp for kids with vitiligo, the first educational session for dermatology trainees to learn how to care for vitiligo patients, and then the advocacy meeting for people with vitiligo. It was a huge success! 

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A New Hope for Repigmentation: JAK Inhibitors and Vitiligo

Posted On: jueves, junio 06, 2024

Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors are a class of medications that target specific enzymes (JAK proteins) involved in signaling pathways that drive the immune system. By inhibiting these enzymes, JAK inhibitors can modulate the immune response, making them effective in treating various inflammatory conditions.

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Boston Goes Purple for World Vitiligo Day 2024

Posted On: lunes, mayo 20, 2024

Boston will turn purple for World Vitiligo Day on June 25, 2024. The Prudential Tower and Boylston Plaza will be lit up purple to raise awareness for vitiligo. World Vitiligo Day is a day to show support for those living with vitiligo and to promote inclusivity.

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The Future of Vitiligo Research is Now: A Look Back at the VCORT Symposium

Posted On: lunes, marzo 04, 2024

The VIGOR study is just one of the groundbreaking initiatives in vitiligo research happening at UMass Chan Medical School. Many of the VIGOR researchers, plus several others recently gathered for the first annual Vitiligo Center of Research Translation (VCORT) Symposium held at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA.

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Bill H.976: Expanding Vitiligo Treatment Access for All

Posted On: sábado, julio 01, 2023

This week I had the privilege of visiting the Massachusetts State House for an indoor rally hosted by VITFriends, a non-profit vitiligo patient advocacy group whose focus is to bring the vitiligo community together and raise awareness about vitiligo. I met with many members of the community, and we were joined by State Representative Rob Consalvo to talk about advances in vitiligo.

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A Breakthrough in Skin Disease Advances Treatment Options for Autoimmunity

Posted On: lunes, mayo 15, 2023

Dr. John Harris discusses breakthroughs in vitiligo and how they've helped advance treatment options for many autoimmune diseases

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Lego Launches New Vitiligo Minifigure

Posted On: martes, noviembre 01, 2022

I recently discovered that Lego would be releasing a set containing a minifigure with vitiligo and I could not be more excited! In the past few years, vitiligo has been recognized more and more outside our community, including a possible representation as the villain Domino in Deadpool 2 and Barbie dolls with vitiligo spots.

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