Today I received the President’s message email from Dr. Ray Boissy of the NVFI (National Vitiligo Foundation) www.nvfi.org.
Ray attended the First Vitilgo World Congress last month and reported:
I wish to focus on the recent and first Vitiligo World Congress that was recently held in Italy so you can be updated on the frontiers of research, care and advocacy for the Vitiligo community. This was a hallmark meeting, the first of its kind, which attracted individuals from around the world. It was quite a success and a second Vitiligo World Congress is already being planned.
The First Vitiligo World Congress (VWC 2010) was held in Milano, Italy on September 23-25 sponsored by the Istituto Scientifico Universitario San Raffaele. As stated by the chair Prof. Santo Raffaele Mercui, “the goal of the congress is to focus on recent developments in our understanding of the disease, touching on such different research areas as genetics, endocrinology, immunology, photobiology and psychology”. Day 1 and 2 focused on scientific and clinical information and Day 3 was devoted to patient information. The National Vitiligo Foundation attended the VWC 2010, represented by Raymond E. Boissy, President and Randall Marsh, NVF Board Officer. This meeting was truly a milestone for the Vitiligo community with more that 100 scientists and clinicians participating. Outcomes from this meeting will greatly facilitate the understanding of and care for this disease. Continue reading