The American Hair Research Society (AHRS) was founded in 1990 by a group of dermatologists in order to provide a forum for promoting hair research and to facilitate communication on hair disorders between and among clinicians and basic researchers. Two annual national and every 3 year international meetings, sponsored by the AHRS, have been, until recently, the primary means of presenting the latest information on hair and its growth to researchers in the field. However, in 2001 the AHRS sponsored the first of what we hope are many workshops on hair, this one being on cicatricial (scarring) alopecia. The findings of that meeting were subsequently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (Olsen E, Bergfeld W, Cotsarelis G, Price V, Shapiro J, Sinclair R, Solomon A, Sperling L, Stenn K, Whiting D: Summary of AHRS-sponsored workshop on cicatricial alopecia, Duke University Medical Center, February 10 and 11, 2001. J Am Acad Dermatol 48:103-110, 2003).
Out of this effort is a recently (2004) initiated multicenter study on the causes of scarring hair loss in African American women.
The AHRS has since then developed several other new avenues for promoting research in hair including establishing grants for specific hair research projects and for mentorships. Research grants were distributed in 2003 and 2004. Six, seven, and seven mentorship grants were given in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively. The 2005 mentorship grants are online here. The mentorship grants allow young physician/scientists to work closely for a limited period with someone who has expertise in an area of hair research or hair disorders that they wish to focus on in their future careers.
Bosley Medical, Inc has kindly agreed to the mentorship grants through 2006. The AHRS hair research grants, however, do not have renewable funding in place: this is an area of acute need for the AHRS. The AHRS is in need of support for advancing research projects and to put in place new website initiatives such as a registry of various rare or uncommon hair disorders. We feel communication is key to moving forward in promoting better understanding of hair disorders and their treatment.
The AHRS is a nonprofit organization that welcomes and needs your financial support. All donations are tax deductible (the AHRS is a 501-C3 organization). Contributions can be made in the name of a special family member or friend: all contributors, and their honorees, if there is one, will be listed on this website at the end of each year. Within broad categories, donations may also be designated for a particular area of hair research.
If you are interested in making a donation, please download the attached form, fill out, and send or FAX to:
American Hair Research Society
303 West State Street
Geneva, IL 60134 USA
Telephone: 1-630-578-3991; Fax: 1-630-262-1520
If you are considering a contribution and wish to discuss a potential contribution further, indicate an email address or phone number on the attached form so that someone from the Society can be in touch with you.