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A free day event hosted by the University of Manchester

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) are increasingly viewed as a vital component of any research proposal. These not only inform us of the feasibility of a study but also ensure the research we do is relevant and important to our patients. On the 23rd June we hosted a PPIE event in Manchester called “All about Alopecia” funded by the University of Manchester’s BRC funding programme and supported by Alopecia UK. This eventful and productive meeting brought together clinicians, re

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Matt Harries

 

A Blog by Dr Yi Ning Chiang

I am extremely grateful to be awarded a travel fellowship by the British Hair and Nail Society to attend the 10th World Congress for Hair Research, 2017. This conference was held at the International Conference Centre in Kyoto, Japan on 31st October to 3rd November 2017.   The main theme of the Congress is ‘Visiting Old, Finding New’. This is a Japanese proverb meaning to review the progress of all previous research activities with the aim of gaining new insight for future directions.

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Yi Ning

 

Recent study identifies potential new genetic causes for frontal fibrosing alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is an increasingly common hair disorder characterised, in most cases, by a specific pattern of hair loss along the frontal hairline. The exact cause of this condition is complex and likely to be related to both genetic and environmental factors (i.e. multifactorial). A recent exciting new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (November 2017) looked at how some of the genetic factors might contribute to this disease. In particular, this study

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Hair Loss Priority Setting Process

The Hair Loss PSP is asking everyone whose life is affected by hair loss and people involved in treating hair loss to think about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hair loss problems by asking, “What questions do you have that need to be answered by research?

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Promising results suggest new treatment for alopecia may be on the horizon

In a recent edition of Nature an exciting new approach to managing alopecia areata was discussed. The research team demonstrated the crucial role of a particular white blood cell, known as the cytotoxic CD 8 T lymphocyte, more specifically the CD8 NKG2D T Cell.   In a mouse model it was demonstrated that this cell promotes the development of alopecia areata and leads to the autoimmune attack on the hair follicle. It is likely that the CD8 cells produce Interferon gamma which leads to collaps

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Hair Research Prioritisation Process

Hair loss (alopecia) is a common problem that has been shown to have a significant impact on psychological well-being and quality of life, and can sometimes also signify an underlying medical problem. Treatment of hair loss disorders is often challenging due to a number of factors, including limited understanding of the natural history of the condition, poor disease definitions, lack of validated severity scales and generally poor quality of evidence for treatment. Only a limited number of hair

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