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EDITORIAL NOTE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 322
7 th International vitiligo and pigment cell disorders symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, November 21-23, 2014


1 Department of Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, New Yark, New Jersey
2 Department of Dermatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication6-May-2015

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Robert A Schwartz
Department of Dermatology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration, New Yark, New Jersey

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.156449

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Schwartz RA, Parsad D. 7 th International vitiligo and pigment cell disorders symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, November 21-23, 2014. Indian J Dermatol 2015;60:322

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Schwartz RA, Parsad D. 7 th International vitiligo and pigment cell disorders symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, November 21-23, 2014. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Jul 16];60:322. Available from: http://www.e-ijd.org/text.asp?2015/60/3/322/156449


Sir,

The historic city of Istanbul hosted this important meeting on vitiligo and other pigmentary disorders, sponsored by the Vitiligo Research Foundation, the World Health Academy, and Florence Nightingale Hospital. Congress President Prof. Sibel Alper [Figure 1] led an enthusiastic group of physicians and scientists [Figure 2].

This event opened with addresses by T.C. Bilim University Rector Professor Çavlan Çiftçi and Congress President Prof. Sibel Alper. They presented a special award to Torello M. Lotti and Robert A. Schwartz. Professors participating included Torello Lotti (Italy), Davinder Parsad (India), Miroslava Kadurina (Bulgaria), Yan Valle (Canada), Murat Borlu (Turkey), Meltem Φnder (Turkey), Igor Korobko (Russia), Brian W. Lee (USA), Paulo Cunha (Brazil), Robert A. Schwartz (USA), and Emel Erdal Çalikoglu (Turkey). Torello M. Lotti emphasized vitiligo as a systemic disease. Davinder Parsad highlighted herbal treatments for vitiligo [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]. Igor Korobko explained why some vitiligo patients fail to repigment. Yan Valle lamented the extraordinary expense of drug development and described his innovative vitiligo cloud bank. Murat Borlu elucidated concepts of melasma and other hypermelanoses, with Emel Erdal Çalikoglu detailing melasma pathophysiology and Paulo Cunha assessing melasma therapy. Brian W. Lee delineated targets for vitiligo phototherapy [Figure 5]. Meltem Önder covered the use of an excimer laser. Robert A. Schwartz stressed anti-oxidant therapy for vitiligo, applauding the work of Davinder Parsad on gingko and Jim Harris on statins, the latter proudly funded in part by the VR Foundation. Congress President Prof. Sibel Alper received accolades from attendees and speakers alike, most of whom took a little time to enjoy the sites and sounds of Istanbul [Figure 6].
Figure 1: Congress President Sibel Alper opens symposium

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Figure 2: Ilgen Ertam, Torello M. Lotti, Sibel Alper, Robert A. Schwartz, Ercan Arca, Paulo Cunha and Özlem Dicle

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Figure 3: Davinder Parsad enlightens participants

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Figure 4: Torello M. Lotti stimulates discussion during Davinder Parsad's lecture

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Figure 5: Brian W. Lee reflects upon phototherapy for vitiligo

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Figure 6: Participants Igor Korobko, Julia Valle, Robert A. Schwartz, Yan Valle and Brian W. Lee at the Sultan Ahmed Blue Mosque

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