Vitiligo May Protect Skin
A recently published research paper “Variant of TYR and Autoimmunity Susceptibility Loci in Generalized Vitiligo” by among others Professor Richard Spritz, Professor Dorothy Bennett and Professor David Gawkrodger could have identified that vitiligo may give natural protection against deadly skin cancer. Researchers have now discovered a common gene mutation that both increases the chances of vitiligo and reduces the risk of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
Piperine Breakthrough: Initial Research Funded By Vitiligo Society
by Jeff Corne - Trustee of the Vitiligo Society
It was eleven years ago, in “Dispatches”, that we published the preliminary results of research by one of our then trustees, Dr Amala Raman from Kings College London. During an investigation of traditional Chinese and Indian herbal remedies for vitiligo, she and her PhD student Zhixiu Lin had discovered one particular plant, an extract of which stimulated the proliferation of melanocytes in cell cultures.
Major Research funding for vitiligo achieved
Good news! Funding for vitiligo treatment research as part of £1.8 million grant awarded over five years for four skin diseases by the National Institute for Health Research.