International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Hosts 16th Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal

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The world's leading hair restoration physicians plan to gather in Montreal to present their latest research findings and new scientific advances in diagnosing and treating hair loss.

From promising new research in cell therapy demonstrating how cloned hair in the laboratory can be duplicated to replace lost hair in ongoing human clinical trials to the psychological impact of using longer hair in hair restoration surgery to give patients a "sneak peak" of how their replaced hair will eventually look, the latest technological breakthroughs in diagnosing, treating and preventing hair loss will be presented by the world's foremost hair restoration experts at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery's (ISHRS) 16th Annual Scientific Meeting.

More than 500 physicians and surgical assistants from around the world dedicated to advancing the art and science of hair restoration are expected to attend this premier educational event, September 3-7, 2008, at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

"Exciting new research in the field of hair restoration surgery is poised to dramatically expand our options in treating hair loss within the next five years," said Bessam K. Farjo, MD, president of the ISHRS. "This meeting brings together the world's leading pioneers in hair restoration surgery to provide a Continuing Medical Educational program that offers an unmatched learning opportunity, including hands-on training, live patient demonstrations, expert panels and guest speakers."

A sampling of the hot topics to be presented at the ISHRS Annual Meeting include:

  •     A new method for measuring hair growth parameters could be useful for the diagnosis of female pattern hair loss and for the correct evaluation of the supply of donor hair
  •     Genetic testing for androgenetic alopecia could allow physicians to diagnose conditions in their early stages and start a course of hair loss treatment before baldness occurs
  •     How common hair care techniques and cosmetic products can cause significant hair damage, and even hair loss, in women
  •     New research suggesting that various growth factors and anti-oxidants may play a role in reversing hair loss caused by factors such as toxins, pollution and oxidative stress
  •     The best practices in transplanting facial hair for patients suffering from hair loss as a result of an accident or a serious burn, including cultural considerations for patients who live in areas of the world where a lack of facial hair - such as a moustache - is considered shameful.

One of this year's featured guest speakers is J. Kevin Thompson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, who will speak on "Body Dysmorphic Disorder: How to Identify and Deal with Such Patients." Dr. Thompson's research interests for the past 25 years have concentrated on body image disturbances and eating disorders. He has published more than 100 journal articles, 20 chapters and six books on these topics. Dr. Thompson's presentation will take place during the meeting's Opening Session on Thursday, September 4, at 1:30 p.m.

For a complete copy of the program, visit http://www.ishrs.org/16thAnnualMeeting.html. Media interested in attending the meeting can register for complimentary press passes by contacting Karen Sideris at (219) 922-7537.

In order to demonstrate the virtually indistinguishable appearance of today's hair transplants from everyday hair, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) also invites the public to take the "Hair Transplant Challenge." This new online survey is designed to test a person's ability to correctly identify hair transplant patients from fake patients in a series of photos and knowledge on hair loss and hair restoration procedures. To take part in the survey, go to http://www.ishrs.org/survey. The survey will be available until January 1, 2009.

Founded in 1993, the ISHRS is a non-profit medical association dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration. With a membership of over 750 physicians worldwide, the ISHRS provides continuing medical education to physicians specializing in hair loss and hair restoration surgery, and serves as a resource for the public on the latest medical and surgical hair loss treatment.

For more information and to locate a physician, visit http://www.ishrs.org.

About the International Society of Hair Restoration:

Founded in 1993, the ISHRS is a nonprofit medical association dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration. With a membership of more than 650 physicians worldwide, the ISHRS provides continuing medical education to physicians specializing in hair loss and hair restoration surgery, and serves as a resource for the public on the latest medical and surgical hair restoration treatment.

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