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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 233-234  

Highlights of Hair India 2012

President, The Hair Research Society of India, No 10, Ritherdon Avenue, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007

Date of Web Publication26-Apr-2013

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Patrick Yesudian
President, The Hair Research Society of India, No 10, Ritherdon Avenue, Vepery, Chennai - 600 007

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.111197

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The second International Congress of Trichology, Hair India 2012 held between September 7-9 at GRT Radisson Temple Bay, Mahabalipuram, Chennai was a great success academically and socially, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Hair Research Society of India, and S. Murugusundram [Figure 1]. The venue of the conference with its serene and historic surroundings drew the appreciation of the participants. A total of 750 delegates from all over India and many from abroad attended the conference. A pre-conference workshop was conducted at the Chennai Skin Foundation and Yesudian Research Institute Chennai. The attendees, mostly young, practicing dermatologists and postgraduate students benefitted greatly by learning the correct approach to the management of hair disorders. Live hair transplant procedures were conducted by Sanjeev Vasa and his team. Interventional procedures in Trichology were demonstrated by Satish Savant and his team. Though there was a great demand, the number had to be limited to 100.
Figure 1: Inaugural ceremony

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The theme of the conference was to "abolish quackery in trichology", keeping in mind the huge numbers of unqualified charlatans, getting onto the bandwagon of trichology.

The scientific conference started with a presidential address. The opening lecture was by none other than Zoe Diana Draelos, the doyenne of Cosmetic Dermatology, on hair and scalp health for the Dermato-Trichologist. Hair dyes of various types were also discussed by her. As befitting this ancient appendage, the hair, the opening session was devoted to historical aspects of hair.

The next session was on pediatric trichology. The clinical aspects of genetic hair disease were vividly explained by Andrew G. Messenger from the UK. Another thought-provoking talk by A. G. Messenger postulated that though there may be commonality between men and women in the etiology of early-onset hair loss, we should look beyond androgens and genetics in Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL).

Pearls in pediatric trichology were presented by Paul Devakar Yesudian from the UK. P. D. Yesudian also spoke on challenges in cicatricial alopecia with special emphasis on lichen plano pilaris and suggested methods to monitor the treatment with the available drugs at present. K. Bagwandas from the UK presented a rare case of kikuchi-fugimoto diseases which had both scarring and non-scarring alopecia.

Original research work on melanin transfer was presented with great clarity by Desmond Tobin from the UK. In a session on hair and natural color he dwelt on how hair pigmentation is regulated and how aging changes occur in the hair.

Ralph Trüeb from Switzerland showed how perifollicular micro-information in pattern hair loss (PHL) can eventually cause fibrosis and permanent hair loss and suggested addition of anti-inflammatory agents to the current therapy of PHL. Ralph Trüeb emphasized the importance of nutrition in various forms of alopecia. He claimed that the CYP complex viz., L cystine, yeast and pantothenic acid definitely increases androgen hair growth rate when compared to placebo.

Vallary Randall from the UK spoke on Androgen Action influencing hair growth and pointed out the paradoxical androgen effect on the hair follicle viz., driving the hair growth at puberty and balding in the same person with the onset of PHL. She said that this could be explained by the presence of 5 alpha reductase Type II and androgen receptors in the hair bulb in the dermal papillae altered by paracrine regulators.

The second day of the conference started with presentations of interesting clinical studies by many young Indian Dermato-Trichologists. A session devoted to trichoscopy had leading luminaries like Ralph Trüeb and Antonella Tosti, who presented their trichoscopic findings on PHL, pigmented scalp and scarring alopecia.

Current update on alopecia areata and tricho-immunology was given by Desmond Tobin.

The important topic of Hair Cosmetics was spearheaded by Zoe Diana Draelos, where Alain Khaiat of Singapore spoke about ethical issues in hair cosmetics.

Ralph Trüeb discussed the use of light and lasers in the treatment of hair loss, while also discussing the new entity of sensitive scalp, a variant of scalp rosacea.

New concepts of treatment like bimetoprost, platelet-rich plasma were discussed and debated in detail. Ralph Trüeb's evidence-based Trichology and Ganesh Pai's humor in Trichology added value and glamour to the conference which concluded with the scintillating Sivamani on drums, whose passion for percussion kept the audience spellbound for several hours.

With the second International Congress successfully conducted once again with the sheer sense of educating the dermato-trichologists across the globe, I take this opportunity to invite you all for the Third International Congress on Trichology, Hair India 2014, scheduled from 29 to 31 August 2014 in the marvelous city of Madras that is Chennai. Mark your calendar to enjoy yet another memorable congress.


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