Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of leaders from the fields of health care, patient support and fan community that bring their strategic thinking to developing World Vitiligo Day program and special events.

The World Vitiligo Day 2019 Steeering Committee includes:

  • Prof. Paulo Cunha, MD, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology in Jundiaí Medical School (Brazil) - World Vitiligo Day 2017 President
  • Prof. Jana Hercogova, MD, Chairwoman Department of Dermatology Bulowka Hospital (Czech Republic) - World Vitiligo Day 2016 President
  • Prof. Xing-Hua Gao (China), MD, Chairman of the Dermatology Department at the No. 1 Hospital of China Medical University (China) - World Vitiligo Day 2015 President
  • Prof. Davinder Parsad, MD, Professor at Department of Dermatology PGIMER (India) - World Vitiligo Day 2014 President
  • Prof. Henri Lim, MD, Chairman Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, President American Academy of Dermatology (USA) - World Vitiligo Day 2013 President
  • Prof. Torello Lotti, MD, Chairman Department of Dermatology, University G. Marconi of Rome (Italy) - World Vitiligo Day 2012 President
  • Ogo Maduewesi, CEO and President of VITSAF (Nigeria) - World Vitiligo Day 2011 President
  • Dr. Aliya Kassumkhanova, MD, Founder of 'Vitiligo School' (Kazakhstan)
  • Prof. Mark Lebwohl, MD, Chairman Department of Dermatology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hospital (USA)
  • Lydia Giménez-Llort, PhD. President of It's all for LOVE projects Charity Foundation and Research Professor at Medical Psychology Unit, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Valarie Molyneaux, Founder and President of VITFriends (USA) - Leader of Washington DC Rally 2016
  • Natasha Pierre McCarthy, CEO and Founder of Vitiligo Bond (USA)
  • Yan Valle, CEO Vitiligo Research Foundation (USA)


Why Is It Important

There are a lot of people who don't want you to stand up for your rights and demand a cure. They say vitiligo is not life threatening and not contagious, and you must embrace a life of a pariah, hiding yourself from sunlight and from the society.

Vitiligo is an under-researched disease resulting in milky white skin patches on the skin. The breadth and complexity of the disease require international collaboration in therapy development. The severity of the disease calls for national healthcare support.

So, speak up for your condition and your rights. Sign the letter to tell the UN Secretary-General that you want recognition and support. It would be appreciated if you could give every member of your family or group an opportunity for signing.

Signatures count

We have collected 503192 signatures of the target 500000 (100.64%). Now let’s get 1 million signatures!


Firmly committed to curing Vitiligo, the VR Foundation is a non-profit organization funding and fast-tracking medical research globally. We challenge the disease of vitiligo with educational and medicinal enlightenment. We care; we educate; we advance knowledge. We are the VR Foundation.

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