Early Registration:
August 15, 2015

Abstract Submissions: August 15, 2015

Travel Grants:
June 1, 2015


Sunday September 27th, 2015
Doubletree Hotel - Orange - California

Vitiligo conference: What’s new? Meet the experts! Learn about children’s options, treatments, insurance and much more!

You can download the meeting program here >>

The PanAmerican Society of Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR) will be offering a unique meeting opportunity this year. In advance of their 2015 scientific Conference: “Advances In Vitiligo Research And Care,” the PASPCR in collaboration with the Vitiligo Working Group and Vitiligo Support International are offering a “Vitiligo Pre-Meeting” to bring vitiligo patients, their doctors, and some people who specialize in vitiligo research together in one place.

When and where?

The Vitiligo Pre-Meeting will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA, on Sunday September 27, 2015, with an optional dinner/social the evening before, on Saturday September 26. 
Conference day will begin with a breakfast at 8 a.m., and will conclude at around 2:00 that afternoon.

Who are the Speakers?
The committee will have quite a few speakers to choose from but will not select the final program until all of the speaker presentations have been submitted. We will update the program as we go along, but everyone signing this invitation letter below will for sure be there.

Can patients get together for dinner?
If you are coming from out of town and are able to arrive by 7:00 p.m. on Saturday (9/26), we encourage you to participate in a vitiligo social dinner at Dave and Busters, which is within walking distance from the hotel. 
Note that food and drink expenses for this social event are not covered by the conference registration fees, however we must have an accurate headcount for the restaurant reservation, so those wishing to participate need to indicate their attendance on the conference registration.

How much does the conference cost?
Thanks in part to conference grants offered by the Vitiligo Working Group and UC Irvine Dermatology to offset meeting costs, registration is only $80.00.
The $80 fee covers the meeting facility, breakfast, and lunch, as well as presentations and forum discussion by experts in vitiligo research and treatment.
Seating is limited, so we suggest that you plan ahead and sign up as soon as possible

How do I register for the meeting?
You can register and pay online.
You will notice that the website also includes scientific information about skin pigmentation, don’t worry, you are in the right place!
From the left menu- select ‘Meeting Registration.’
From the middle of the page, under “Standard Registration,” select registration form >>
Select the first option “Vitiligo Pre-Meeting,

Or you may complete the registration application (pdf) and scan/e-mail it as an attachment to Caroline LePoole at, and pay by PayPal.

If you would like to reserve a space to attend the Saturday evening social and dinner- then you need to also select the second option “Vitiligo social self pay.”
Complete the form (patients may disregard “Institution” and “Department” fields)
At the bottom, select ‘send registration.’
Once your registration is successfully submitted you will receive an email confirmation.

Once the payment section has been completed/submitted, your online registration will be complete.
If you are not automatically directed to the Payment page, then:
from the Meeting Registration page, under “Standard Registration,” select credit credit card/paypal >> .
Select “Registration vitiligo pre-meeting” (US$ 80)
Once you have completed the payment process your seat will be reserved!
Each attendee must sign and date a Conference Liability Waiver and Photo release upon arrival.

How do I arrange my travel and overnight stay?
To reserve a hotel room at the discounted meeting rate, from the menu on the left, select Accommodation.
This page also includes information regarding special conference rates for airport shuttles.
If you are flying in, you can choose from multiple airports
John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)
Long Beach Airport (LGB)
Ontario International (ONT)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Long Beach and John Wayne airports are the two closest to the Hotel (around 14 miles)
Long Beach is to the west; John Wayne is to the south.
ONT is a couple of miles closer than LAX, (30 miles, and 33 miles) but LAX has many more airlines and flights, as well as more airport transfer options

Is there anything fun to do in Orange, CA if I have some extra time?

Disneyland is just 2 miles away, and Doubletree offers Free Shuttle service to the park. You can also order and print online Disneyland tickets from the Doubletree website Doubletree - Disney Tickets=
You can go shopping at the Outlets at Orange with more than 100 restaurants and shops, just next to the hotel. Otherwise, take a car or public transportation to enjoy the coastline with beautiful beaches (remember to take sunscreen), or to Universal Studios (within 40 miles).
From this Doubletree page, if you scroll down you will learn more about other family friendly activities in the area -

How can I share information about this meeting with others?
A vitiligo conference flyer is attached. Feel free to share it to help us reach anyone who may be interested in attending. Doctors who would like to get educational credit for attending our vitiligo meeting can sign up for 4 hours of CME credit at the meeting.
The meeting is now open for registration and abstract submission. We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions that are not answered on the website, contact the vitiligo pre-meeting organizing team:
Dr. Caroline Le Poole of Loyola University Chicago in Maywood, IL at on behalf of the PASPCR
Dr. Anand Ganesan of UC Irvine in Orange, CA at on behalf of the local PASPCR conference organizing committee
Dr. John Harris of the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA at on behalf of the Vitiligo Working Group
Jackie Gardner at on behalf of Vitiligo Support International, Inc
Dr. Pearl Grimes of the Vitiligo & Pigmentation Institute of Southern Califormia on Los Angeles, CA at as a local vitiligo pre-meeting host and
Dr. Amit Pandya of UTSouthwestern in Dallas, TX at as the scientific program chair.

We look forward to meeting with you in September!

Preliminary program (Prior evening: vitiligo social dinner @ 7)

3-7 Afternoon meeting for organizers and faculty.
7 PM Vitiligo social dinner at Dave and Busters.
8-9 AM Breakfast
9 AM-12PM Recent advances in vitiligo research
expert presentations (CME available)

Special presentation at 10 AM: Dealing with insurance. Dr. Amit Pandya, UT Southwestern, Texas

Abstracts will be selected on topics such as: measuring severity and responses to treatment, vitiligo in children, patient stress, immunotherapy, animal models, depigmenting agents, questionnaires, disease biomarkers, stem cells, repigmentation strategies
12-1 PM JOINT LUNCH for patients & presenters
1-2 PM Panel discussion
2 PM Evaluation and roundup
2-4 PM Strategic Roundtable: Vitiligo Working Group – Basic Science Subcommittee meeting

Stakeholder discussions about: mission statement, research support, core facilities, joint publications, clinical trials

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