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THE NORTH AMERICAN HAIR RESEARCH SOCIETY
Dedicated to the advancement of research and education in the field of hair biology

WHO IS THE NAHRS?
The North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) is a non-profit organization composed of dermatologists, scientists and industry partners who support collaborative scientific research of hair disorders in order to provide improved patient care.

HOW IS THE NAHRS SUPPORTED?
NAHRS activities are financially supported by the membership, public advocates, industry and government partners.

WHAT IS THE NAHRS HISTORY?
The NAHRS was founded in 1990 by a group of dermatologists dedicated to furthering research in hair-related disorders. A need for an organization that supports hair research was identified. The benefits of having clinicians, pathologists, clinical investigators and basic scientists interacting was of paramount importance. Over the past decade, the connection between clinical and basic researchers interested in hair biology has nurtured the Society.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE NAHRS?

  • To strongly encourage and promote scientific research in the field of the normal and disordered hair growth.
  • To promote dissemination of state of the art knowledge on hair biology and medical hair disorders.
  • To promote interdisciplinary interaction between basic scientists and clinicians through - regular meetings, -publications and - innovative communication.
  • To establish links with other international hair research societies and to arrange combined meetings on a periodic basis.
  • To educate both our colleagues and the public on hair biology and the pathophysiology and treatment of hair related conditions.
  • To create and maintain a database of hair disorders that will foster greater enhanced communication between bench scientists, clinicians, industry, patient support societies.

HOW DO WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH THESE GOALS?

  • By promoting interactions between scientists and clinicians
  • Recruiting established and new basic scientists to study the hair follicle in novel ways
  • Introducing the hair follicle as a useful model for studying many cellular processes not readily attributed to hair follicle biology (for example, pigmentation, apoptosis, stem cell biology)
  • Bringing together investigators from different backgrounds together in order to improve the study of hair biology and loss

WHAT ARE THE NAHRS ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE?

  • Developing mentorships in hair research for recent graduates of dermatology residency programs or young faculty interested in careers in hair research
  • Awarding seed research funds to investigators in the area of hair biology or hair disorders
  • Supporting online hair research resources
  • Creating a sophisticated interactive website to allow society members to share information and ultimately to serve as a source of clear, accurate information for patients with hair disorders.

WHAT ARE THE CURRENT NAHRS ACTIVITIES:

  • Providing a forum for sharing clinical, therapeutic and scientific information at annual meetings associated with the Society for Investigational Dermatology, the American Academy of Dermatology and intercontinental meetings every three years (view meetings here). A major goal of the society is to encourage active interchange of ideas between clinical practitioners, clinical investigators and basic researchers interested in hair. This is important because rapid advances in basic research, such as the sequencing of the human genome, need to be applied to problems in hair research. The NAHRS seeks to decrease the lag time between the advent of new technology and its application to hair research. Similarly, the NAHRS promotes the translation of findings in the laboratory to new treatments that can help patients with hair loss.
  • Sponsoring mentorship grants to allow young physicians to spend time with recognized leaders in hair research. NAHRS seeks to support physicians interested in studying hair diseases and taking care of patients with hair loss.
  • Encouraging and funding hair-related research. Currently, NAHRS provides small seed grants to support hair research projects with the hope that the funded investigator will then obtain NIH funding to continue their research
  • Participating in the regular Intercontinental Meeting of the Hair Research Societies. The NAHRS is a founding member of the IMHRS.
  • Sponsoring the NAHRS website which provides enhanced communication among members of the hair research community and functions as an educational resource for medical and basic science professionals and the public

NAHRS HEADQUARTERS ADDRESS
North American Hair Research Society
303 West State Street
Geneva, IL 60134 USA
Telephone: 1-630-578-3991; Fax: 1-630-262-1520
E-mail: info@nahrs.org

  

NAHRS Officers & Board Of Directors Minimize

NAHRS OFFICERS:

Dr. Wilma Bergfeld
President:
Wilma Bergfeld, MD, 2011-2015


Senior Dermatologist; Co-Director Dermatopathology; Director, Dermatopathology Fellowship; Professor, Dermatology and Pathology; Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA; Past President, American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Dermatopathology
Dr. Maria Hordinsky
Secretary-Treasurer:
Maria Hordinsky, MD, 2011-2015


Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

NAHRS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Dr. Ken Washenik
Immediate Past-President:
Ken Washenik, MD, PhD, 2011-2015


Medical Director, Bosley; Executive Vice President of Scientific and Medical Development, Aderans Research Institute; Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; NY, USA
Dr. Victoria Holloway Barbosa
Victoria Holloway Barbosa, MD, MPH, MBA, 2012-2016

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA; Founder, Millennium Park Dermatology, Chicago, IL, USA
Dr. Angela Christiano
Angela Christiano, PhD, 2012-2016

Professor of Dermatology and Professor of Genetics & Development; Director, Basic Science Research Group of Dermatology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
Dr. Luis Garza
Luis Garza, MD, PhD, 2013-2017

Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Dr. Antonella Tosti
Antonella Tosti, MD, 2013-2017

Professor of Clinical Dermatology, Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA
  

NAHRS Administrative Staff Minimize
  • Victoria Ceh, MPA, Society Administrator
  • Kimberly Miller, Headquarters Manager
  • Jeffrey Miller, Database and Technical Support
  • Jule Uddfolk, CMP, Meetings & Exhibits Manager
  • Melanie Stancampiano, Project Manager
  • Melinda Urbas, CPA, Accountant
  • Sue Reed, Administrative and Accounting Assistant

NAHRS Website Team Minimize
  • Elise Olsen, MD, Website Chair
  • Kurt Stenn, MD
  • Vicki Kalabokes
  • Paradi Mirmirani, MD
  • Ken Washenik, MD, PhD
  • Douglas Pariseau, Website Manager
  

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