Jun 25, 2019

Studies uncover new approaches to combat hair loss in men and women

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Two recent studies highlight novel ways to combat pattern hair loss in men and women using small molecules such as JAK inhibitors that reawaken dormant hair follicles, as well as stem cell therapies aimed at growing new follicles.

In the first study, researchers led by Angela Christiano, Ph.D., the Richard & Mildred Rhodebeck Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, discovered previously unknown cells that keep mouse follicles in a resting state and show that inhibiting the activity of these cells can reawaken dormant follicles.

In a second study, Christiano’s team created a way to grow human hair in a dish, which could open up hair restoration surgery to more people, including women, and improve the way pharmaceutical companies search for new hair-growth drugs.


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