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ISHRS 31st World Congress

ISHRS 31st Annual World Congress 2023.
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)’s 31th Annual World Congress. Delhi, India: November 1-4, 2023.

ISHRS 31st World Congress in Delhi, India

The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)’s 31st Annual World Congress runs from November 1-November 4, 2023. The location is Delhi, India. I have covered these ISHRS meetings every year since this blog started in 2013. In the past, I have also analyzed the organization’s hair transplant statistics surveys.

Make sure to track #ISHRS on social media, and follow the ISHRS Twitter account and Instagram account. The website for this 31st Annual World Congress of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery has all the details.

The full program guide for this 31st World Congress is worth a browse. Of special note, the Norwood lecturer is the legendary Dr. George Cotsarelis from the University of Pennsylvania. Below is a rare recent interview with him on the ISHRS YouTube channel:

The Stough lecturer is Dr. Melissa Harris and she will talk about grey hair prevention and reversal plus hair aging. Her brief interview is here, where she says that grey hair reversal is a certainty in the future. She is a lecturer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Also of interest is Dr. Maria Kasper’s talk titled “Follicle Cell Types and their Origins.” Dr. Kasper’s Group is based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

The main focus of these conferences is always on hair transplants,. However, as usual, there a large number of sessions of greater interest for us: including PRP; LLLT; exosomes; dutasteride mesotherapy; stem cells; SVF; Alma TED; and hair regeneration in general.

I will update this post with more information and updates in the next few days.

ISHRS 30th World Congress

ISHRS 2022The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS)’s 30th Annual World Congress will run from October 27-October 29, 2022. The location is Panama City.

I have covered these ISHRS meetings every year since this blog was incepted in 2013. Make sure to track #ISHRS on social media, and follow the ISHRS Twitter account and Instagram account. The website for this 30th World Congress of the ISHRS can be seen  here.

Interesting Presentations at the 30th ISHRS Conference

The final program guide of the 30th ISHRS World Congress is worth a review. I will highlight some of the most interesting presentations below:

  • Dr. Claire Higgins is one of the featured guest speakers. Its been a while since we heard from her. Her talk is titled: “Integrating Computational and Biological Approaches to Modulate Hair.”
  • Surprisingly, another of the featured speakers Dr. Juanita Anders will talk about “Photobiomodulation Therapy for the Treatment of Hair Loss”. A lot of people are very skeptical about low-level laser therapy, but I always felt that there was some logic to light energy impacting hair growth and hair cells positively. Even 15 minutes daily exposure to direct sunlight seems to make my hair feel better. Dr. Calos Puig and Dr. Robert Haber will also talk about LLLT and light for hair growth.
  • Yet another unexpected presentation entails the positive correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and hair loss. The latest findings are courtesy of Dr. Sharon Keene’s incredible case report of a severely vitamin D deficient patient. His vitamin D value was just 12ng/ml, which is also around what mine is when I do not supplement. This patient regrew significant hair after completing a 6-week course of weekly dosing of 50,000 IU vitamin D3, followed by 10,000 IU/week for 8 months. I often stop taking my own Vitamin D supplement (and it might even be expired as I always store it outside), but will surely reconsider this winter.
  • As expected, there will be a few presentations on oral Minoxidil.
  • Dr. Sergio Vañó Galván will present on Clascoterone (aka Breezula).
  • Dr. Pradeep Sethi of Eugenix and Dr. Anil Garg of Rejuvenate will discuss the use of body hair in combination with scalp hair during hair transplants. As I mentioned in the past, Indian doctors are doing the most BHT procedures in the world. Dr. Sanusi Umar (US) and Dr. James Harris (US) will also present on body hair to scalp transplants. A few other lesser known surgeons are also presenting on BHT. One unique presentation from Dr. Kazuhito Yamamoto (Japan) is titled: “Long-term survival observation for 14 years regarding leg hair transplanted to scalp scar.”
  • Only one presentation on exosomes, courtesy of Dr. Ronald Shapiro. I suspect a major reason for the decline in interest is due to the stringent new FDA regulations.
  • Other presentations of interest include ones on umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells, adipose-derived stem cells, and stromal vascular fraction (SVF).