5 Things to Know Vitiligo Research and Treatments in 2018
#4 The Key Pathway Responsible For Vitiligo Has Been Identified – And That’s Good News
Imagine going to bed at night and needing to turn off the lights in your room. Ideally, you would reach over and use the lamp next to your bed instead of going to the basement and shutting down the circuit breaker for the whole house. In the same way, you don’t want to shut down your entire immune system just to make your vitiligo better.
The good news is that doctors and scientists have now identified the key pathway responsible for vitiligo, which allows them to shut off the lights in your entire room – to continue with the metaphor – and the next wave of drugs will do that. The next step is to figure out how to turn off your lights with your single lamp switch – the most effective, safe way to treat vitiligo because it would have fewer side effects.
#5 New Clinical Trials For Vitiligo Have Already Started And More Are Coming
In the past 70 years, there have been only a couple clinical trials but the good news is that new trials are already underway and more are coming. Currently, the company Incyte is testing a new topical cream through a multicenter trial that will last two years.
With more clinical trials coming, doctors and scientists are looking to patients with vitiligo to get involved to help test the drugs. Patients can find out about clinical trials at https://clinicaltrials.gov/ or sign up to receive news and information directly from Dr. Harris at https://www.umassmed.edu/vitiligo/about/subscribe/.