List of Abstracts at World Congress for Hair Research

8th World Congress Hair Research 2014.
8th World Congress for Hair Research, 2014.

8th World Congress for Hair Research

I try to cover all of the biennial World Congress for Hair Research events on this blog. The 8th World Congress for Hair Research 2014 (WCHR2014) will take place in South Korea from May 14th through May 17th of this year.

After the US, South Korea is probably the world’s second most interesting country when it comes to hair loss cure and treatment related research and development. Make sure to check out my page on hair loss research around the world. In third place is Japan, which is home to Shiseido, the manufacturer of the popular Adenosine based Adenovital shampoo.

The full program and schedule can be found on this page:

WCHR2014 Program at a Glance

This list confirms my feeling that a disproportionate portion of the world’s hair loss related research is now occurring in Asia. The enigma that is Dr. Nigam has two abstracts accepted and will be presenting the one titled “Application of Tissue Engineering in Hair Transplant to Reduce and/or Eliminate post Follicular Unit Hair Transplant Micro Scaring or White Dots at Donor Scalp.”

Too bad that he will not present the other abstract that he submitted on donor doubling, as that is definitely the one that is more interesting to most of us. Nevertheless, scarless FUE would be ground breaking too.

The list of invited speakers is also dominated by Asian researchers:

WCHR2014 Invited Speakers

I am surprised that Dr. Takashi Tsuji and Dr. Sung-Jan Lin are not on the list of invited speakers. The most well known western researchers such as Angela Christiano, George Cotsarelis, Colin Jahoda and Kevin McElwee are all invited. Ken Washenik is a notable absentee from the invite list.

HairMax Lasercomb 2014 Update

Leonard from HairMax LaserComb posted the below comment under my older LLLT post and I thought it deserved its own post.  I still find it hard to believe that lasers can do anything substantial for your hair, but hopefully we will get far more evidence for or against LLLT in the future.  At the moment, there are very few well designed unaffiliated studies concerning LLLT out there. 

I am Leonard Stillman, Director of Professional Services at Lexington International, LLC, manufacturers of the HairMax LaserComb. This post is NOT for commercial purposes, but is to notify your readers of a landmark clinical paper that was published in January 2014, in a peer-review medical journal. The article provides complete information on 4 studies with 225 subjects, which conclusively proved the efficacy and safety of the HairMax LaserComb in treating male and female pattern hair loss.

The article is titled: Efficacy and Safety of a Low-level Laser Device in the Treatment of Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss: A Multicenter, Randomized, Sham Device-controlled, Double-blind Study.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) may provide an alternative treatment option for patients who do not respond to either finasteride or minoxidil. Moreover, topical minoxidil (solution or foam) needs to be applied once or twice daily. It also has to be in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours. Such an application protocol may be impractical for many users.

In contrast, the HairMax lasercomb treatment just requires 8–15 minutes of treatment, three times per week. Such a user friendly approach will lead to better patient compliance and, subsequently, improved efficacy.