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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.

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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Update About Villaris Therapeutics

Posted On: lunes, octubre 03, 2022

I’ve received many requests for updates about Villaris Therapeutics, the first company that I founded three and a half years ago to develop a new treatment for vitiligo. I am excited to share that an agreement was announced today whereby Villaris Therapeutics will be acquired by Incyte!

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New NIH Grant Awarded to Create the Vitiligo Center of Research Translation

Posted On: lunes, septiembre 26, 2022

I am excited to announce that we have received a 5-year P50 grant from the NIH/NIAMS that will establish the Vitiligo Center of Research Translation (VCORT) here at UMass Chan to advance our vitiligo research. The objective of the VCORT is to conduct exceptional translational science that reveals key mechanistic insights in a diverse, informed, and highly collaborative environment.

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Opzelura, the first FDA-approved drug to treat vitiligo!

Posted On: lunes, julio 18, 2022

Opzelura was already approved last September, 2021, for a disease called atopic dermatitis, or eczema, so you may have already seen it in the pharmacy. But most couldn’t get it covered by insurance for vitiligo because it wasn’t approved for it, and so NOW IT IS!

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Vitiligo Research Participation Survey

Posted On: viernes, abril 29, 2022


This study requires a large number of volunteers, so we are reaching out to gather information on the feasibility of recruiting participants. This will only work if we can get many volunteers to participate and stay in the study for the full period.

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Vitiligo Repigmentation Study Opportunity

Posted On: lunes, noviembre 29, 2021


RSVP study is specifically for those who have treatment-resistant vitiligo that is STABLE, or not changing for at least 1 year. The process being tested is to transplant pigment cells from one part of the body without vitiligo to another part that is affected by vitiligo.

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IN HIS WORDS - Sudhit Rao

Posted On: martes, septiembre 21, 2021

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the UMass Chan Medical School (UMass Chan), Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center in Worcester, MA. The visit gave me the privilege to interview Dr. John E. Harris, about his research, tour his lab, and even learn from his team of researchers. The session was not only educational but also an eye opener.   I wanted to share what I learnt with others who follow his research.

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Phase 3 vitiligo clinical trial results to test topical ruxolitinib as a new treatment

Posted On: martes, junio 22, 2021

Incyte decided to run a Phase 3 Clinical Trial in over 600 patients all over the world, with the goal of supporting an application to the FDA (and the European equivalent, the EMA) to approve the treatment for patients. This means it would be available for prescription from the pharmacy, and should be covered by health insurance companies, as it would become the first and only FDA-approved treatment to reverse the effects of vitiligo! Well, we recently heard (although the data isn’t publicly available yet) that the results of the Phase 3 trial were excellent!

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