Is vitiligo inherited?

Vitiligo sometimes "runs in families," suggesting a genetic basis. However, in these families, the inheritance appears to be multifactorial, involving the interaction between multiple genes and unidentified environmental factors or triggers. This means that it is not possible to predict the chance that other family members might develop vitiligo. About 25% to 50% of people with vitiligo have a relative with vitiligo, and about 6% have siblings with vitiligo.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Clinical Research Resources

Centers for Mendelian Genomics

The Centers for Mendelian Genomics program is working to discover the causes of rare genetic disorders. For more information about applying to the research study, please visit their website.

Last updated on 04-27-20

Patient Registry

Autoimmune Registry

The Autoimmune Registry supports research for Vitiligo by collecting information about patients with this and other autoimmune diseases. You can join the registry to share your information with researchers and receive updates about participating in new research studies. Learn more about registries.

Last updated on 04-27-20

Where To Start

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases, the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research, and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. Click on the link to view information on this topic.

Last updated on 04-27-20

DermNet New Zealand

DermNet New Zealand is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.

Last updated on 04-27-20

American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology offers information on Vitiligo

Last updated on 04-27-20

TeensHealth from Nemours

TeensHealth from Nemours has an information page on Vitiligo. Click on the link to access this resource.

Last updated on 04-27-20

Name: American Vitiligo Research Foundation PO Box 7450
Clearwater, FL, 33758, United States
Email: Url:
Name: Vitiligo Support International P.O. Box 3565
Lynchburg, VA, 24503, United States
Phone: +1-434-326-5380 Email: Url:
Name: American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) 22100 Gratiot Avenue
Eastpointe, MI, 48021, United States
Phone: 586-776-3900 Toll Free: 800-598-4668 Fax : 586-776-3903 Email: Url:

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