Updated on May 18, 2017
HairClone in Action, Scar Prevention: Weekly Thoughts 2/4/17
Welcome to another edition of Weekly Thoughts. I’ve been looking for some significant info to share with you all and today I came across just that. I expect this news to create quite a positive ripple in the hair enthusiast crowd. Let’s see what’s going on.
Dr. Bessam Farjo tweeted this photo today:
— Dr Bessam Farjo (@BessamFarjo) February 4, 2017
Exciting 2017 indeed.
For those unaware, Dr. Farjo is is one of the founding clinical partners of HairClone, a company developing a cellular based hair regeneration treatment. In this tweet he tagged @HigginsBioeng which is the Twitter account of Dr. Claire Higgins’ lab. Apparently the entire team has been working diligently and they are moving things forward. CEO of HairClone Paul Kemp recently told me they will be providing an update on their work soon.
Dr. Farjo also added on Twitter “(we are) Not trialing yet @HairClone, but doing investigative clinical work in preparation.”
For those who have been asking lately if HairClone could begin treatments this year (2nd half 2017) and how this would be possible please refer to this article A New Approach to Solving Hair Loss: HairClone. The company continues to seek funding to continue their plan of development.
New Plikus/Cotsarelis Research
A scientific paper was recently published on the role that hair follicles could play in preventing scar formation. The team responsible for the paper was quite large and included two familiar names: Maksim Plikus of the University of California at Irvine and Dr. George Cotsarelis of the University of Pennsylvania.
The team of researchers discovered that in order for fat cells to regenerate in a wound, there needed to be hair follicles present first. Scar tissue, which is normally devoid of both hair follicles and fat cells, forms from wounds. When hair follicles are added to a wound environment, the hair follicles naturally recruit fat cells. The presence of fat cells or ‘adipocytes’ in a wound environment promotes normal tissue regeneration instead of scar tissue.
This article does a great job of breaking it all down, and here is the original article from Science Magazine. I wonder how this research could be applied to the use of scar prevention during hair transplant surgeries.
Until next time, be well.