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Hair Foundation Presenters at the March 21-25 AAD Conference

It’s almost time for the annual American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) conference. This year it will be held in Denver, Colo. from March 21-25, 2014.

Here at The Hair Foundation, we’re excited that a few of our doctors will be participating in the conference’s sessions. Take a look at the scheduled events.

March 21 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Hot Topics

A look at new and emerging therapies for the treatment of a broad range of dermatological diseases and aesthetic challenges in clinical practice.

3:15 PM Hair and Scalp disorders / Dr. Ken Washenik

4:30 PM Cosmeceuticals / Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos (handout)

March 23 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Evaluation of Hair Loss

This session is designed for anyone who cares for patients with hair loss. An imaginary clinic day will be created and filled with challenging hair loss patients. The faculty will present a step-by-step approach for evaluation.

Amy J. McMichael, MD, FAAD,  is serving as one of the speakers.

March 25 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Updates in Hair Disorders

Come hear what’s noteworthy in the world of hair disorders including cutting edge research in androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, and cicatricial alopecia,  which is leading to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of these disorders and new therapeutic options.

2:00 PM Emerging therapies in androgenetic alopecia / Dr. Washenik
2:20 PM Q&A / Dr. Washenik

Hope to see you there!


Save the Date: The Hair Foundation’s Day of Hair and Skin Health Event on October 10, 2013

Get your calendar out and please mark October 10, 2013 for the Hair Foundation’s Day of Hair and Skin Health.

The first annual event will be held the Winter Park, Fl Civic Center and it will include the nation’s top dermatologists and hair experts. Our doctors, Matt Leavitt and Ken Washenik, will be there as well as Dr. Nicole Rogers, Dr. Glenn Charles and top local stylists.

We’re excited for this event that will include the following from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • An opportunity to receive a free onsite skin and hair analysis to determine hair loss, thinning, skin damage, scarring, and the effects of aging and fine lines
  • An open and honest forum to speak with passionate doctors, experts, and real patients about your concerns and possible solutions
  • A chance to participate in lectures and live question & answer sessions on healthy skin and hair, hair loss solutions and products, hairstyles and lots more.
  • A venue that will enable you to experience hair and skin products as well as treatments including a blow out bar, new styling methods and recommended haircuts for your hair type along with wigs and extensions to try; experiments with hair growth lasers, hair thickening fibers, vitamins, shakes, and hair care products and demos of hair removal devices and services along with mini-facials, skin tightening, botox coupons, and more

And if this wasn’t enough to pique your interest, enter to win raffle prizes while going home with the latest and greatest hair and skin products.

We’re hope you’re excited; we are!

Please register online here and take our optional survey up completion. You’ll receive free hair and skin care product mailings.

Want more information? Please contact us at either or call us at 224-522-5420.

See you on October 10.


The Hair Foundation and the 7th Annual World Congress for Hair Research

This year, the seventh annual World Congress for Hair Research will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from May 4-May 6, 2013. The Congress is a joint meeting of hair research societies worldwide (European, North American, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Australasian Societies). It is considered a major event for hair professionals such as specialist physicians, dermatologists, surgeons and scientists from academia and the industry.

Some of the Hair Foundation’s doctors will be presenting at the event and this includes the following:

May 5: Dr. Vera Price – Psychology and Hair Disorders workshop (4 p.m.)

May 6: Dr. Russell Knudsen - The surgical Management of Cicatricial Alopecias (10:30 a.m.)

In addition, following the World Congress event, is the International Investigative Dermatology Conference. It will be held from May 8 – May 11, also in Edinburgh.

On the agenda for May 9 is Dr.Kurt Stenn of the Aderans Research Institute, Inc. He will participate in a discussion on the full-thickness skin with mature and cycling hair follicles using tissue culture expanded human cells.

The Hair Foundation’s Vice Chair, Dr. Ken Washenik, is the Chief Executive Officer of Aderans.

We hope to see you in Edinburgh next month.



Join the Hair Foundation at the 71st Annual AAD Meeting March 1 – March 5

This year, members of the Hair Foundation’s officers, board of trustees and members of its Scientific Advisory Council will again attend the 71st annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting. It will be held in Miami from March 1- March 5, 2013.

Many of the Hair Foundation’s doctors will be presenting at the conference.

Take a look at the presentation list.

Friday March 1

Managing Hair Loss Made Easy – Dr. Vera H. Price (10 a.m. to noon)

Cosmeceuticals – Dr. Zoe Draelos (10:30 a.m.)

Saturday March 2

 Hair Transplantation – Dr. Marc R. Avram, (7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)

Diagnosing and Monitoring Hair and Scalp Diseases  – Dr. Jerry Shapiro (11:12 a.m. Monitoring Treatment Efficacy in Patients with Hair Loss)

Evaluation of Hair Loss – Dr. Amy McMichael (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

World Congress of Dermatology 2015 Countdown and Preview - Dr. Shapiro (2 p.m. Introduction)

Sunday, March 3

Medical and Aesthetic Dermatology in Skin of Color - Dr. Valerie D. Callender (7 a.m. to 8 a.m.)

Hair Disease and the African American Patient – Dr. Amy McMichael (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Monday, March 4

The Science of Cosmeceuticals and Nutraceuticals - Dr. Draelos (1:00 p.m. State of Cosmeceuticals and Nutraceuticals, 2:30 p.m. Nutraceutical Science, Skin and Aging and 2:45 p.m. Questions and Answers)

Updates in Hair Disorders - Dr. Amy J. McMichael (2 p.m.)

Soft Tissue Augmentation - Dr. Neil S. Sadick (3:25 p.m. Best Practices For Poly L Lactic Acid / Dr. Sadick, followed by 3:45 p.m. Questions and Answers)

Do you have questions about our doctors and their specialties? Here’s links to the biographies of  our officers, board of trustees and members of our Scientific Advisory Council.

Hope to see you in Miami!

Join The Hair Foundation at AAD’s Annual Meeting March 16-20

Once again, members of the Hair Foundation’s officers, board of trustees and members of its Scientific Advisory Council will be attending the 70th annual American Academy of Dermatology meeting. This year it will be held in San Diego from March 16 to March 20.

Many of the Hair Foundation’s doctors will be presenting at the conference. Will you be attending?

Here’s a presentation list with our doctors.

March 16

Diagnosing and Monitoring Hair and Scalp Diseases: Dr. Jerry Shapiro,MD

March 17

Updates in Hair Disorders: Dr. Amy McMichael, MD and Dr. Matt Leavitt, DO

March 18

The Science of Cosmeceuticals and Nutraceuticals: Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, FAAD

March 19

Update on Alopecia Areata: Dr. Jerry Shapiro, MD

Aging Gracefully: Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, FAAD

What’s New and True in Lasers: Dr. Marc Avram, MD, FAAD

March 20

Alopecia: Work-Up and Treatment: Dr. Jerry Shapiro, MD

Do you have questions about our doctors and their specialties? Here’s links to the biographies of  our officers, board of trustees and members of our Scientific Advisory Council.

Hair Foundation’s Ken Washenik,Other Members Give Presentations at Industry Event

At the recent 2012 Winter Clinical Dermatology Conference in Maui, the Hair Foundation’s Vice Chair, Dr. Ken Washenik, M.D, Ph.D., gave a presentation called, “Emerging Therapies for Hair Loss.”  It focused on new and breakthrough treatments in hair loss, such as clinical treatments.

Another topic in Washenik’s discussion was the progress Aderans Research has made on the Ji Gami™ family of cell products. This is a key component in the company’s cell-based solutions to androgenetic alopecia (pattern hair loss), according to a press release.

Washenik serves as the company’s chief executive. Earlier this month, Aderans Research announced the expansion of its hair loss clinical trials to four new cities. With almost 350 subjects, this trial represents one of the largest for researching cell-based solutions for pattern hair loss.

Aderans Research has been a pioneer in the research and development of safe, effective cell engineered products for hair regeneration. The Atlanta-based company is a subsidiary of Aderans Co., Ltd, the world’s largest wig manufacturer, and an affiliate of Bosley, a global leader in surgical hair restoration.

In addition to his presentation on hair loss, Washenik was also a participant in an audience question and answer session comprised of practicing dermatologists.

Joining Washenik at the conference were two other Hair Foundation members. The doctors sat on the following panels.

Hair Foundation Scientific Advisory Council Member Dr. Valerie Callender, M.D

Clinical and Therapeutic Challenges in Medical Dermatology: Sweat, Hair, Pigmentary Disorders and Warts and Management of Pigment Disorders

Hair Foundation’s Board of Trustees secretary Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos,  M.D., FAAD

Cosmeceuticals in Dermatology and Clinical and Therapeutic Challenges in Appearance Procedures


19th Annual ISHRS Scientific Meeting Begins September 14, Hair Foundation Presentations

Beginning on Wednesday, September 14 through September 18, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) will hold its 19th Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. This year’s theme is New Vistas & Trusted Techniques in Hair Transplantation.

New and established hair restoration surgeons, surgical assistants and hair restoration surgery office personnel will be attending.

During the busy four days, there will be a number of different presentations as well as video surgeries in HD, panel discussions, debates, workshops, lunch symposiums, scientific poster presentations, live patient view and lots more!

This year, two of the Hair Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Council Members are sitting on the 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting Committee: David Perez-Meza, MD, Basic Course Chair and Nina Otberg, MD, Live Patient Viewing Co-Chair.

The Hair Foundation’s Board of Trustees and members of its Scientific Advisory Council Members will be in attendance and involved through the conference presentations.

Here’s a partial listing of their participation.

New Vistas in Hair Transplantation: Dr. Ken Washenik will present, Update on Cell Therapy and Biotech Research and SAC member, Dr. Neil S. Sadick will present, Embryonic-like Secreted Proteins Enhance Follicular Unit Viability and Improve Donor Site Healing and Advances in Hair Biology, The Role of Inflammation and Immunity in Pathogenesis of Androgenetic Alopecia

Challenging and Atypical HT Cases: Dr. William Parsley will present Poor Production and Breakfast with Experts, Tissue Storage Solutions

Emerging Issues and Treatments: Dr. Russell Knudsen will present Is FUE Really a Repair Technique or Smallcase Technique Rather Than a 1st Option for MPB.

Breakfast with Experts: Dr. Matt Leavitt will present Female Hair Loss and Treatment and under Scientific Free Papers, 15 Years of Experience With the Use of Crosshatching Surgical Technique to Improve Naturalness of Hair Transplantation and Dr. E. Antonio Mangubat will present Flaps and Expanders and Dr. William Parsley will present Lighting and Polarized Lights

Mangubat will also make a presentation on the Hair Foundation.

To see additional presentations, please see the following preliminary schedule. If you would like more information about these presentations and the Hair Foundation doctors, please contact us at

Please visit the Hair Foundation blog for upcoming posts from the meeting.

To learn more about the Hair Foundation’s physician experts and their expertise, please visit our physician videos.


The Hair Foundation and the AAD Summer Academy Meeting Aug. 3-7

Next month, the AAD Summer Academy Meeting will take place in New York from Aug. 3-7. Members from the Hair Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Scientific Advisors will be lecturing at the following sessions:

Hair Foundation Board Secretary Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.  will present at the following:

August 4

A forum on Nails including nail diagnosis, surgery and therapy (10:30 a.m.) and Q&A session on Photoprotection discussing the ideal sunscreen, Vitamin D, skin cancer prevention, the role of antioxidants and the impact of nanotechnology in photoprotection (10:25 a.m.)

August 6

A lecture on Exploring Evidence Based Cosmeceuticals as they relate to the prevention and maintenance of skin disease, photoaging issues, new research in cosmeceutical development and the efficacy of individual technologies (7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)

Hair Foundation Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Neil S. Sadick will present at the following:

August 5

Live Patient Demonstration: Neurotoxins and Soft Tissue Augmentation (3:05 p.m. and 4:25 p.m.)

Other hair-related lectures and forums include:

  • Aug. 4: Skin of Color with Wendy E. Roberts, M.D. who will discuss skin cancer, alopecia and inflammatory disorders in ethnic skin of color (2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Aug. 6: Alopecia and Hair Loss with Dirk Michael Elston, M.D. who will discuss the challenges in evaluating and managing the hair disorders of lopecia and hirsutism (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
  • Aug. 6: Dermatopathologic with Jacqueline M. Junkins-Hopkins, M.D. who will discuss alopecia and alopecia biopsies (9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Poster Exhibits of interest include:

  • Hair and Nail Disorders: reviewing oral supplementation of silicon and its impact on quality of hair, investigating serum vitamin D levels in patients with scarring and non-scarring alopecia, and assessing vitamin D levels in alopecia areata patients
  •  Psoriasis and other Papulosquamous Disorders: discussing health-related quality of life in patients undergoing etanercept therapy for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis with involvement of the scalp

The Hair Foundation’s donors and partners can be found at these booths:

  • Allergan #202
  • J&J #505
  •  P&G #515