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Where Can People Find More Information About Vitiligo?

Research on how melanocytes play a role in Vitiligo has greatly increased over the past two decades. This includes research on autologous melanocyte transplants. Till date, doctors and researchers continue to look for the causes of and new treatments for Vitiligo – a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin, the tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose and genital and rectal areas (mucous membranes), and the retina of the eyes are destroyed. As a result, milky white or light pink patches of skin appear on different parts of the body. The hair that grows in areas affected by Vitiligo may turn grey as well.

Mostly, the research being done and still being conducted is by National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS):

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Information Clearinghouse National Institutes of Health

1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Phone: 301-495-4484
Toll Free: 877-22-NIAMS (877-226-4267)
TTY: 301-565-2966
Fax: 301-718-6366
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Website: http://www.niams.nih.gov

You can also find more information about Vitiligo at:

• National Vitiligo Foundation
P.O. Box 6337
Tyler, TX 75711
903/534-2925
World Wide Web address: http://pegasus.uthct.edu/Vitiligo/index.html
This nonprofit organization stimulates, coordinates, and sponsors scientific research on Vitiligo. In addition, the Foundation educates the public about Vitiligo and assists in making referrals for treatment. The Foundation holds annual and regional meetings and sponsors symposia open to both professionals and the public. It publishes a newsletter two times a year and can provide free brochures on Vitiligo.

• American Academy of Dermatology
P.O. Box 4014
Schaumburg, IL 60168-4014
847/330-0230
Fax: 847/330-0050
World Wide Web address: http://www.aad.org
This national organization for dermatologists publishes a six-page brochure on vitiligo. A single copy is free with a self-addressed stamped envelope. The Academy also can provide referrals to dermatologists.

Other Resources:
American Vitiligo Research Foundation
Web site: http://www.avrf.org
Vitiligo Support International Inc.
Web site: http://www.vitiligosupport.org

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