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2015 Research – JAK Inhibitors Study
AAAF along with Sinclair Dermatology are running a 28 week study (starting in June 2015) on the treatment of Alopecia Areata with topical Janus kinase (JAK) Inhibitors.
Janus Kinase (JAK) inhibitors inhibit the activity of the JAK enzyme. The JAK enzymes are involved in signal transduction which plays a role in cytokine signalling. Cytokine signalling controls the growth of cells and the immune response. It is this immune response which causes alopecia areata. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the efficacy of topical JAK inhibitors ruxolitinib ointment, tofacitinib ointment, versus clobetasol diproprionate ointment and placebo.

Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation Inc.

Alopecia Areata is believed to be an immunological disease under genetic control, which disrupts the normal biology of the hair follicle. For more than 30 years, leading Dermatologists around the world have been studying hair growth patterns, genetic and immune theories, striving for a cure and an acceptable treatment for Alopecia Areata.

Today there is no cure! Today the treatments vary! Today we have hope!

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Promote positive image and respect for Alopecia Areata sufferers.
Assist individuals and families with coping strategies to live with Alopecia Areata.
Provide strategies against bullying / name calling.
Provide opportunities for Alopecia Areata sufferers to have a voice and participate in their communities
Increase awareness into our community about all forms of Alopecia Areata.
Attend schools to inform parents and school communities on the disease.
Raise funds into medical and psychological research.

JuliaWilsonJulia: Having Alopecia doesn’t have to be just bearable or just manageable. It will be part of you, but you can move on and it will not define you!
CatherineGrantCatherine - 21: Whether I have hair or not I am always thankful for what I have, rather on concentrating on what I don't have.
HeidiAHeidi: Alopecia isn’t something we should feel embarrassed or ashamed about.
stefStef: 16, telling her story through a poem.
camCam O'Rourke: 12, I first got AA in early 2010. It was a massive shock because it started off as just one tiny patch, and in about four weeks, it had all gone, apart from a couple of tiny patches.
MichelleMichelle: hair loss is something to be embraced. I'm ready for openness; I'm ready for people to be challenged; and I'm ready for bald women to feel empowered. I don't want to spend my life merely surviving as a bald woman. I'd much prefer to live.
SarahPSarah P: I’ve had ups and downs, I’ve been self conscious and I’ve been brave. I don’t know where I will be this time next year, or what my head will look like. But it’s an adventure, and its all part of my story.
JamesMillerJames Miller: Imagine you are 10 years old, and one morning you wake up to find you have a bald patch at the back of your head the size of a golf ball,this is what happened to me.
StellaStella 10 …..I’m VERY happy now in my school and I have a great family and friends and I’m happy to live a very bald and happy life!!!!!
Alex_WebAlex: Alison tells her story on son Alex ……We have a resilient, positive, strong willed young man. He may not have hair but he is healthy, wealthy and wise otherwise in his life – That’s the greatest gift of all!


NAAF's SeeUs raising awareness campaign video along with others, can be found on their website & YouTube! ...

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"My name is Katelyn Vicary. I am 11 years of age. I decided earlier this year I wanted to donate my hair to your organisation as I really wanted to help kids in Australia that needs wigs.
I looked up on the internet and found out how to donate my hair, and how it would help girls, maybe just like me, that needed a wig to make them feel better.
I kept growing my hair this year so it would be as long as possible and I have now had it cut. I have packed my hair up like it said, and Mum posted it yesterday.

I absolutely love my new short hair, and was able to have the cut length more than 30cm, I hope this will make a nice wig for a young girl like me.

I have some photos – before it was cut, and after, which I have attached to this email.
It was a great experience, and my friends were proud that I was donating my hair to wigs for kids.

I hope you love my hair."

Thanks Katelyn, we can't wait to receive your hair!!

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Thanks Michelle Turner for supporting our Wigs for kids program - looking forward to receiving your hair!! ...

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Carmen Whiting has donated her hair to help! Thanks Carmen 🤗 ...

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