Bill Gates is Going Bald

For most of the past two decades, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been the richest person in the world.  Unlike most billionaires, he has been extremely active in improving the world via donating his wealth to numerous projects that are of benefit to humanity, especially those associated with human health.  He plans to donate almost his entire wealth to social causes by the time he dies.

Is Spending Money on Hair Loss Research a Waste?

In 2013, Mr. Gates caused a lot of controversy on hair loss forums when he questioned why we spend more on finding a cure for baldness than on finding a cure for malaria?  Of course that is an entirely accurate concern. Sadly, I will still get more excited by a cure for hair loss than a cure for malaria. I have had malaria once in my life too and it was not fun.

In any event, the reason for writing something about Bill Gates is that today, I saw a photo on Twitter in which Mr. Gates  is meeting the leaders of France and India:

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Bill Gates is balding in the crown.

Bill Gates’ Hair Loss

I was surprised to see how much hair Mr. Gates has lost in his crown region. It is refreshing to see such a well known personality not care about such hair loss. If I was in his place, I would probably wear a wig, or perhaps shave my head.

I do envy those such as Mr. Gates who do not care about their hair loss and are focusing on more important things in life. Unfortunately, millions of us are unable to do what he does. I am also certain that I would still care about hair loss even if I was the richest man in the world.

Perhaps Mr. Gates learnt about charity and about not to care about hair loss from a young age based on his father’s attitude to life:

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Bill Gates’ father and his hair loss.

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Hair and Skin Science

It has been a while since I updated my world map of major hair loss research centers and I was beginning to think that I had discovered the vast majority of centers in the western world and needed to shift focus to China.

However, yesterday, I stumbled onto some very interesting hair loss research related papers written by someone named Dr. Annika Vogt. Moreover, many of her papers include a co-author by the name of Dr. Ulrike Blume-Peytavi.

Among the more interesting recent works of these two authors (along with other co-authors in many cases) include papers titled:

Upon further research, I discovered that both of these two authors work at Germany based Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin’s Clinical Research Center for Hair and Skin Science.  Dr. Vogt is in charge of the Experimental Research Unit, while Dr. Blume-Peytavi is charge of the Clinical Research Unit.  This center is undertaking extremely high-tech modern research when it comes to human hair and skin and it is worth browsing through their site in detail.

Of note, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin accounts for over one-half of all German Nobel prize winners in medicine and physiology. It is great to see yet one more world class hair loss research center in Germany in addition to the facilities operated by Dr. Roland Lauster/Dr. Gerd Lindner and by Dr. Jennifer Kloepper.