Prof. Dr. Davinder Parshad
Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh
VITILIGO TREATMENT IN YEAR 2020: 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. In this presentation, I will be presenting an overview of roadmaps and roadblocks to the 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.
Currently working as Professor at Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, India and Hony Professor at University “G” Marconi, Italy.
Main area of research is vitiligo – pathogenesis and treatment both medical and surgical.
180 publications and published about 100 papers on vitiligo only in International journals.
Chaired/co-chaired, presented invited/guest lectures, papers at more than 100 International conferences/meetings.
Received many travel award and fellowships (Fujita Health University, Nagoya, St. George Hospital, UK, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA and Bordeaux, France).
Received prestigious Ambady Oration of IADVL.
Founder secretary of Asian Society for Pigment cell Research (ASPCR) and President of ASPCR (2011-2014).
President of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (Punjab, Chandigarh and HP) – 2014.