Vitiligo is a long-term condition in which parts of the skin lose their pigment. No one knows the exact cause, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks its own cells that produce skin color, the melanocytes.
Vitiligo results in patches that are white or discolored on different body areas such as the skin and hair. Even an eye can lose some of its colors. It is often more noticeable in those with darker skin. Some people develop only a few patches, while others lose much more skin color. Though vitiligo is not contagious nor life-threatening, it can be life-altering. Vitiligo often leads to low self-esteem and/or depression.
This vitiligo study is upcoming so if you are interested in learning more, please call the research department to have your name placed on our screening list. Please contact the research division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 404-9879 for more information and to see if you qualify.