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World Vitiligo Day 2018 - UMass Chan Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts

In 2018, the 3rd celebration of World Vitiligo Day will be will be held at UMass Chan Medical School in Worcester, MA on June 22nd-24th, 2018, and hosted by Dr. John Harris, the Director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center at UMass Chan Medical School, and Valarie Molyneaux, the President and Founder of the VITFriends support group based in Boston, MA.

The title for the event is “Children, Research, and Hope for the Future”, and will feature a session focused on children with vitiligo together with another session with vitiligo experts talking about their own research to improve the lives of patients with vitiligo. There will be plenty of time for all to socialize and get to know each other.


What will World Vitiligo Day Conference look like in 2018?

We expect WVD 2018 will attract hundreds of vitiligo patients, their family and friends, as well as dermatologists with expertise in vitiligo research and clinical care. The event will be a wonderful opportunity for attendees to interact in a relaxed atmosphere, and hear about existing treatment options as well as exciting new treatments on the horizon.

Our goal is to sound the alarm that: 1) Vitiligo is a skin disease worthy of attention. 2) Funding for research into the cause and cure of vitiligo is sorely needed. 3) Adequate coverage of proven treatments for vitiligo is a right for patients. 4) Federal and local support for patient advocacy is needed. Next year’s theme is to communicate hope for the future by highlighting our youngest who have been afflicted with vitiligo, as well as recent research that is bringing a wealth of new treatments just on the horizon. Our goal is to end the bullying, social isolation, and suffering of vitiligo patients. And we can do it.


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