The University of Calgary Hair Loss Research

Earlier this month, a team led by Dr. Jeff Biernaskie (from the University of Calgary in Canada) got their hair related research findings published in the journal Developmental Cell.  This research identifies the existence of hair follicle dermal (in the skin) stem cells in adults that can potentially be targeted to stimulate new hair growth in areas where there has been hair loss.

More detailed information from the University of Calgary and from the Calgary Herald.

Although this was interesting research that was widely covered in the media, I did not think of at as too important to warrant an immediate post, despite several posts about this in the hair loss chat on this site and in all the hair loss forums that I read. Besides the fact that this was yet more research done only in mice, it seems like Dr. Biernaskie himself is a professor in the veterinary department! Moreover, most of the articles that I read on this development suggested that these findings could only lead to a potential cure in 10 years at best.  With the seemingly exponential growth in science and technology in recent (or perhaps many?) years, 10-year time frames are usually a bit suspect to me unless the technology is truly new and groundbreaking.

Despite my not being overly impressed with this research, after writing my prior post on hair loss research at the University of Bradford, now seemed like a good time to praise a Canadian university. It should be noted, however, that other researchers from Kyoto University in Japan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US, and   Université de Strasbourg in France were also involved in this research.

Most interesting of all, two days ago Replicel published an article covering this study and how it validates their RHC-01 product which utilizes dermal sheath cup cells (a type of dermal sheath cell resident in the dermal cup).  It is ironic that both the Univerity of Calgary and Replicel are based in Canada, yet Replicel is about to start phase II trials of its product (and Shiseido could get there even faster), while Dr. Biernaskie and his team seem to be oblivious to Replicel’s research based on all the “cure is ten years away” statements that I have read in articles covering their work.  Or maybe Dr. Biernaskie does not agree or is uncertain that his research findings are validating what Replicel has been doing for a while now?

22 thoughts on “The University of Calgary Hair Loss Research”

  1. 10 years ???? Ill be happy witht the way i look!! i NEED SOMTHING IN THE NEXT FIVE MONTHS CUMMON FOR FUKSAKE JUST BRING A MILLION PEOPLE AND TRY EACH AND EVERYTHING On Their bald ass heads AND LETS DO IT !! Doesnt take 7 months to know about each solution

  2. Replicel is starting phase II early next year. After that is finished, then phase III will be conducted. Then, this will finally be on the market for the public. But it appears for starters only in Japan. That means that my a** will be flying to Japan in the next 5 yrs or so!!!

  3. Hola lex la fase 2 no empezó y va a demorar 39 meses. A eso sumale la fase 3, otros 3 o 4 años mas. No creo que salga antes. En japón puede ser, esperemos que Asia nos de una buena sorpresa. No me canso de decirlo, es patetico todo el tema de los tratamientos de la alopecia. 2015 y ni un fármaco nuevo tenemos. Sin palabras.

  4. That’s true, we need something new, even slightly more effective than propecia and minoxidil. Bimatoprost has been tested and FDA approved for eye treatment. Is likely to conduct a phase 3 of short duration.

  5. Es agotador todo esto! hace desde el 2000 que vengo escuchando que en 5 años sale algo nuevo. Y el pelo se sigue cayendo. Por dios, que alguien diga cuando histogen y replicel inician fase 2 en japón!!!!! dijeron 2015 pero no aclararon el mes!!!!! es desesperante pensar que uno va a esperar hasta el 2018 y a lo mejor no pasa nada de nada, como siempre.

  6. Yo por mi parte el 2015 lo empecé super desanimado. Mi alopecia avanza y no hay una sola noticia alentadora respecto a este tema. Da ganas de no visitar más el blog. Raparse y listo. El 2020 Está lejos muchachos y sin certezas de nada. Triste me siento.

  7. Totalmente de acuerdo. No hay excusas. No puede ser que tengamos que pasar otro año entero sin tener otras alternativa a las cirugía. Lo único que me queda por probar es la mesoterapia. Impotencia siento.

  8. Que no se malentienda mi opinión. Estoy contento por este blog que nos permite opinar. Pero llega un punto que uno se cansa de escuchar ensayo de aquí y ensayo de allá. Y nunca sale nada nuevo. Mi papa hace de los 90 que escucha que va a salir una solución y ya tiene 63 años. Seguramente no va a tener la posibilidad de vivir tanto para ver una cura y tener otra vez pelo y disfrutarlo. Eso es lo que me agota. Te dicen 5 años para una cura y uno cuenta los días para que lleguen esos 5 años y cuando llegan no sale nada. Así pasaron décadas.

  9. Lo de la Clinica de españa posiblemente ya esté este año. Yo no tengo problema de esperar hasta el 2019/2020 para lo de Replicel, siempre y cuando por lo menos se mejore la medicación. Pero no sale nada! esa es la impotencia que siento.

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