9th World Congress for Hair Research — “Reflect, Rejuvenate, and REGENERATE”.

Last year, I wrote a post about the 9th Congress for Hair Research that will take place in Miami, Florida this year from November 18-21. At the time, the website for this congress was already up, albeit a bit barren.  The most interesting thing that I saw and mentioned in last year’s blog post was the fact that the three people in charge of this conference were all women despite the fact that men suffer from hair loss far more frequently than women, especially when it comes to major (high norwood scale) hair loss.  In any event, it is no longer surprising for me to read about renowned female hair loss research scientists and I am grateful for each new one.

I am certain that this will be the most heavily attended Congress for Hair Research to date, just like the recent 23rd ISHRS Meeting was the most heavily attended one to date.  Worldwide hair transplant procedure totals have also been breaking new records every year recently as middle class populations with expendable incomes increase (and as hair loss rates in general also increase in my as yet unproven opinion).

Among the interesting things that I have seen on the current version of the Congress website include:

  • The Final Program Book.  A must skim through.
  • The theme/slogan of “Reflect, Rejuvenate, and REGENERATE.”   It is encouraging that they have capitalized the word “REGENERATE” and this hopefully portends favorably to the focus of the conference.
  • While the topmost Platinum level sponsor (Women’s Rogaine) is a huge disappointment since they are not selling any new hair loss technology or product, it is encouraging that Samumed is a Silver level sponsor and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals is a Bronze level sponsor.  Proctor & Gamble is a Gold level sponsor and their bio seems to imply that they are there to primarily promote their shampoos (which are not even among the best hair loss shampoos in the world).
  • Also encouraging that Shiseido and Kerastem are contributing sponsors.
  • The number of hair loss researchers presenting at this Congress seems to be a record high, although this remains to be verified.
  • A majority of the big name companies and researchers (Christiano, Cotsarelis, Garza, Jahoda, Tsuji and many more) are presenting at this Congress.
  • The next 10th Congress for Hair Research will be in Japan, the current global epicenter of hair loss research and clinical trials due to that country’s favorable new laws.

There are way too many interesting presentations to list here separately.  Topics ranging from PGD2 inhibition to Wnt/β-catenin signaling to progenitor cells to wounding are all covered.  Cell based regenerative therapies are not surprisingly well covered.  There are a few presentations on JAK inhibitors and alopecia areata from new research centers.  I am also interested in the update on topical Finasteride product P-3074 as I would love to stop taking oral Finasteride next year.  An update on Samumed’s topical drug SM04554 is also something to look forward to.


201 thoughts on “9th World Congress for Hair Research — “Reflect, Rejuvenate, and REGENERATE”.”

  1. Vedran you buy me Rux or Tof put it in my hand and help me find a way to transport it with a “vehicle” ethanol using a simple pestle and mortar i’ll put that shit on my head for 30 days on youtube.

    I’m not scared lol. If my balls fall off i’ll post that up too and get banned from Youtube for ya too. that shits expensive and requires a perscription. Unless you get Tofac in which case it’s much much cheaper.

    I just don’t know how to apply topically.

    Yeah I was a human guinea pig when I was 18 to make money because I didn’t have any family support, not scared.

    You wanna challenge me to that deal?

    1. Egghead – By the end of 2016 I plan to try Tofac Lotion, with doctor prescription, assuming there is a study that shows it works on humans and they hopefully will have one done by end of 2016.

  2. Seriously now, what is the new rogaine product that is coming out? I have more faith in that than anything else right about now

    1. Hi mjones, that’s my opinion. You can think as you want. I’m hopeful about jak inhibitors. Hope is the only thing to live where there is no cure.

  3. I think this congress is crucial.
    If tsuji starts the clinical trials, maybe will have a cure soon.
    If Christiano starts clinical trials too.
    If not… nothing in 2020 🙁

        1. Oh hahahaha shut you got me egghead. Sad thing I actually believed rogaine was coming out with a new treatment. Have more hope in them than anyone else right now

    1. Im using 1mg finasteride + 12.5 Minoxidil + Hairmax lazer = regrowth in the scalp i was totally bald with few hairs in my scalp but i only used this medicines for 3 months now and the results are amazing!! You should give a try using minoxidil 12.5%

      1. Where do you get 12.5 rogaine? I use 5 percent. It’s working great for you because you just started propecia. After about 7 to 10 years you will be in my boat where your body starts to fight back on the meds and they become less effective 🙁 I hope you get more regrowth bud:)

      2. If anyone get the thread of hellouser about congress info in hairlosstalk forum, pls give that link here if possible. I didn’t have access to hairlosstalk forum.

  4. Does the congress state today? Btw, I heard they aren’t allowing it to be recorded, either. So whoever is sent to it, will be vital for information.

    1. HelloUser from HLT forum is going
      He’s well prepared it seems, with many interviews already set up and a long list of questions by the forum members.

      You can browse the said forum to follow his updates.

  5. You should curb your enthusiasm with these Rux or Tofac a little bit don’t you think?

    There’s nothing beyond promise to hold on too. keep an eye on it but give it a break a little.

    There’s way a bunch of other treatments that still hold promise. Follica isn’t out of the game yet. Replicel and Shiseido, Histogen, Samumed, Kythera.. a lot of players.. Latest study by L. Garza also very promising.. You’re too obsessed with these Jaks. It works in AA. It’s not the same thing. Once it’s approved to treat AA then you can go and try it but there’s no evidence that it will work the same way to treat AGA. Don’t expect that much, it’s too early.

  6. Let’s see if Hellouser can get some information from Cotsarelis, Christiano and all the others. Maybe he can get them to say something we still don’t know, maybe some good news. Congresses aren’t where I expect the big announcements to come from but who knows… maybe a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.

  7. Has tsuji started clinical trials? I like Garza too, seems to be very promising. Samumed is still my favorite for latest topical non cell treatment product. I like how quick they move. I hope they show pics of robust hair growth for their phase 2 trials

  8. After phase II trial completion, samumed has started to next trial that will finish February 2016. They are really going fast. Hopefully we’ll know the phase II results in this congress & it’ll be good I hope.

    A Study of SM04554 Applied Topically to the Scalp of Male Subjects With Androgenetic Alopecia Analyzed by Biopsy of the Scalp Prior To and Post Dosing – No Study Results Posted – ClinicalTrials.gov https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02503137?term=Samumed&rank=3

  9. I have faith in samumed as the next better treatment fir hair loss. Won’t be a cure but hopefully a treatment that can grow a Norwood 4 to a 2. Thick regrowth results

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