Dr. Aaron Gardner is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University in the UK. He has worked with the famous Dr. Colin Jahoda and co-authored numerous papers related to hair loss with him and with other scientists in the last four years.
At the just ended World Congress for Hair Research in South Korea (WCHR2014) Dr. Gardner had an interesting presentation that he has made available online. I have enlarged his two posters and link them below, although it is still hard to read them and you might need to left click each one to enlarge further. The first poster is largely related to wound healing, while the second is more closely related to hair loss (3D spheres and follicle neogenesis).
Dr. Gardner posted these presentation on the Bald Truth forums, and quite surprisingly has started to actively participate on the forums too! I am hopeful and optimistic that the younger hair loss researchers in the world such as Dr. Gardner who have witnessed the birth and subsequent exponential growth in social media participate more frequently on the forums unlike virtually all of their older counterparts.
Bald Truth forum member “joachim” has created a Q&A thread where Dr. Gardner responds to questions by forum members. If you are not already registered on those forums, I would advise you to do so, and then you can search for all the posts made by user “agardner.”
In other news:
— It seems like Dr. Nigam’s scheduled presentation was cancelled in South Korea, and that avenue was a false front all along :-(( I am still hopeful that any new cure will be tested in India and/or other Asian countries due to much less government interference and regulation.
— I am also having doubts about Dr. Cotsarelis’ work and future potential.
— On a much more positive front, Dr. Gardner made a post where he discredited the “cure is five years away” concept, and I got a sense that he was implying that a cure could come much sooner as it is only a matter of time (less than 5 years) before one of the numerous teams working on a hair loss cure makes a major breakthrough.
Stay tuned for more news on the WCHR2014 conference once Desmond posts videos and other updates from his trip to South Korea. Desmond’s trip was very fruitful (see my earlier post about raising funds for his trip on this blog) and a great forum crowdfunding success story.