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hair_anatomyAlthough there is no cure for Alopecia Areata today, there is hope.  This hope lies in the research being undertaken around the world.

In 2004 Professor Sinclair wrote his medical doctorate on female pattern hair loss, and hair research remains an important theme of his work.

Areas of research directly related to Alopecia have been in extracting adult stem cells from hair follicles and are trying to coax them to spawn new hair follicles in a culture dish, investigating hair cloning, understanding the collapse of the hair follicle immune privilege to grow and tracking the evolution of hair loss and growth in humans.

As government funding is very limited AAAF is raising funds for dedicated studies into the physical and physiological aspects of living with Alopecia Areata.

NAAF Hails Autoimmune Discovery

2012

New England Journal of Medicine, April 2012

Alopecia areata treatment guidelines from British Journal of Dermatology

2011

Treatment of alopecia areata:“What is new on the horizon?”

Topical and intralesional therapies for alopecia areata

Etiopathogenesis of alopecia areata:Why do our patients get it?

The genetics of alopecia areata:What’s new and how will it help our patients?

Systemic treatment for alopecia areata

Investigative guidelines for alopecia areata

2010

Acclaimed geneticist Dr. Angela Christiano, and using cases from the National Alopecia Areata Registry, a team of investigators from Columbia University Medical Center have found eight genes that contribute to alopecia areata, one of which has a possible role in the onset of the disease.

http://www.naaf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=research_Columbia

http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/30/researchers-find-gene-linked-to-hair-loss/?hpt=T2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2AtNYrg7tM