Although 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.
AAAF Research Grant
Welcome to the AAAF Research Grants website. The aim of the Scheme is to provide financial support for independent research into any aspect of Alopecia Areata.
The grants are available to honours and post-graduate researchers on a competitive basis and as determined by
the AAAF Committee. Initial applications will be assessed by the Committee, and a short list chosen. Investigators on the short list will be asked to submit a full application which will then be sent to independent referees before a final
decision is made by the Committee. Application forms and further information can be obtained by contacting email@example.com
AAAF engaged the University of Victoria to do a study of AA in our youths. Please find the result of this study attached. Coping and the Psychosocial Impact of Alopecia Areata in Young Australians: An Exploratory Study by Louise Borg. Summary Paper - Thesis
New England Journal of Medicine, April 2012
Alopecia areata treatment guidelines from British Journal of Dermatology
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
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.