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National Vitiligo Foundation Research Experts
Dr. Raymond Boissy, Ph.D.
Dr. Boissy is Professor of Dermatology & Cell Biology, Director of Basic Science
Research at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the president of the
National Vitiligo Foundation. Dr. Boissy received his Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences from
the University of Massachusetts, where his thesis research focused on the loss of
pigmentation in the avian model for vitiligo, the Smyth chicken. Dr. Boissy
subsequently trained in Dermatology Research at the Yale University School of
Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Aaron Lerner, where he began to investigate the
melanocyte pathophysiology of vitiligo. In 1986, Dr. Boissy joined the University of
Cincinnati College of Medicine where he continued his investigation of vitiligo with Dr.
James Nordlund. Dr. Boissy has published over 100 scientific papers, 30 review articles and book chapters. Dr. Boissy
has lectured throughout the world and has recently received the Literature Award from the Society for Cosmetic Chemistry
for his publications on pigment cell biology and the 2009 Career Achievement Award from the American Skin Association.
Dr. Caroline Le Poole, Ph.D.
Dr. Le Poole received a masters degree from the University of Utrecht and defended her Ph.D.
thesis on "Aspects of melanocytes in relation to vitiligo" for the University of Amsterdam in 1993,
both in the Netherlands. She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. degree from this
Department of Dermatology in its 100+ years of existence. In 1995, Caroline came to the US to
work in Dr. Raymond Boissy's laboratory at the University of Cincinnati on intrinsic
abnormalities of vitiligo pigment cells. In 1999, she moved to Loyola University, Chicago, where
she is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology. Research in her laboratory is focused on
the crossroads of immune reactivity to normal pigment cells in vitiligo and to tumor cells in
melanoma, the "mirror image" of vitiligo. Her research has been supported by the Dermatology
Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and repeatedly by the National Vitiligo Foundation.
Dr. James Nordlund, M.D.
Dr. Nordlund conducts an active treatment center at the Group Health Associates in Cincinnati
for individuals with all types of skin color disorders. He obtained his M.D. from the University of
Minnesota and received post graduate training at Duke University, the National Institutes of Health
and Yale University. After completing his training in internal medicine and in dermatology in 1972,
he joined the faculty at Yale to study the problem of vitiligo with Dr. Aaron Lerner. Together they
investigated various aspects of vitiligo and skin color until Dr. Nordlund went to the University of
Cincinnati in Ohio where he was chairman of the Department of Dermatology from 1983 to 1988.
He has been an author on hundreds of scientific and review articles and is the senior editor on
the book The Pigmentary System: Physiology and Pathophysiology.