Emory to host vitiligo awareness event in February

Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Feb. 5, 2014

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Robin Reese
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Example of vitiligo affecting the skin of the feet and legs.

Emory University's Department of Dermatology will host a vitiligo awareness and support group event Feb. 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Alperin Auditorium at 1525 Clifton Road. The event is being held in collaboration with Vitiligo Bond Inc., a registered nonprofit organization that seeks to provide support for those living with vitiligo.  

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which the cells that make pigment in the skin are destroyed resulting in white patches that appear on the skin in different parts of the body.

"It is said that vitiligo has no known cause and no known cure. But people with vitiligo and physicians who treat the disease cannot help but search for the cause and cure," says Sulochana Bhandarkar, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine.  "We want patients with vitiligo to know they are not alone."

The event will offer information about vitiligo, as well as provide a Question & Answer forum for participants.  Dr. Bhandarkar and Natasha Pierre McCarthy, founder of Vitiligo Bond Inc., will give short presentations. 

Registration is availble online.