The world’s leading experts in vitiligo research and treatment will gather from June 23-25 in Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2023 World Vitiligo Conference. Hosted by Perry Whaley, Alisha Archibald, and Justin Hall, the conference will take place in downtown Atlanta.
Vitiligo occurs when pigment-producing cells die or stop functioning. Loss of skin color can affect any part of the body, including the mouth, hair, and eyes. This disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches may be more noticeable in people with darker skin.
About 1 percent of the world population has been diagnosed with vitiligo, which often leads to feelings of isolation among people who have the disease. This makes having a sense of community very important to those who have it.
The World Vitiligo Conference is a bi-annual conference that brings together persons with vitiligo, dermatologists, researchers, and advocates to discuss the latest developments in the field of vitiligo. This year’s conference hosts are excited, saying, “This event is a unique opportunity for clinicians, researchers, and patients to come together and share their knowledge and experience about this complex condition.”
The conference will also provide an opportunity for attendees to network and establish collaboratives with leading experts in the field. “We hope that the conference will foster new partnerships and collaborations that ultimately lead to better treatments and outcomes for people with vitiligo,” said Mr. Whaley.
The conference program will include presentations by leading experts in the field, including Dr. John Harris, Dr. Pearl Grimes, and other experts, and will include a screening of Faces of Vitiligo, a documentary produced in 2022 by Denise Powell.
In addition, the conference will feature a patient panel, where people with vitiligo can share their experiences and insights.
“We are excited to bring together a diverse group of experts and stakeholders to discuss the latest research and clinical developments in vitiligo,” said Whaley. “We believe that this conference will be a catalyst for advancing our understanding of this condition and improving patient care.”
Registration for the 2023 World Vitiligo Conference is now open. For more information and to register for the conference, please visit https://www.wvdusa.org.