Prof. Dr. Davinder Parsad

Prof. Dr. Davinder Parshad
Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India

Vitiligo Treatment in Year 2021: The Journey So Far!
Author: Davinder Parsad, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Dermatology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

The development of effective treatment for vitiligo depends on understanding the mechanisms of depigmentation and repigmentation. In our continued journey to find ideal treatment of vitiligo, we have definetly reached a new era with effective medical treatment and non-cultured epidermal suspension in the management of vitiligo.
Vitiligo an auto-immune disease and there is need to emphasise on the early treatment of vitiligo. There are two treatment goals, one is stabilization and second is repigmentation. As vitiligo is associated with sever psycho-social stress, third goal can be to consider psychological aspects also in the management.
At present combination therapy is key to the succesful management of vitiligo. In the present era of post phototherapy, we have a wide spectrum of many effective treatments for vitiligo; however, we do not have ideal treatmnet yet. JAK inhibitors are emerging as an exciting option in the management of vitiligo. We expect many targeted biologics in the management of vitiligo in near future.
In this presentation I will be presenting an overview of roadmaps and roadblocks to successful treatment of vitiligo based on the experience of last 20 years.
Surgical methods are emerging as an important solution for stable vitiligo refractory to medical treatment. Over the years vitiligo surgery has gained steady importance with more and more improved techniques proving their effectiveness. Non-cultured epidermal cell suspension is emerging as the first line of surgical management of stable Vitiligo.

Scurt CV

Main area of research is vitiligo– pathogenesis and treatment and innovative surgical methods.
Total of 295 publications and about 140 publications on vitiligo only in International journals with very high citation index.
President –Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research (2011-2014).
Coordinator of Asian region for World Vitiligo consensus group.
Member: European Task force on vitiligo.
Member Scientific Advisory Board: Vitiligo Research Foundation (USA).
Council member of International Federation of Pigment Cell Societies.
Chaired/co-chaired, presented invited/guest lectures, papers on vitiligo at more than 200 International conferences/meetings.
Received Ambady oration of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists (2006).
Associate Editor: Archives of Dermatology Research and Dermatologic Therapy.
Member Editorial Board: International Journal of Dermatology.

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