Question: I am 33 and have been suffering with hair loss since my twenties and I have had two FUE treatments and currently on finasteride and using minoxidil. I was wondering how you are able to put yourself forward for testing of new JAK inhibitor products for the manufacturers?
It’s something I would highly consider but I am unsure how to apply in the testing market.
Answer: Hi Shaun, we are often asked about how people can take part in clinical trials we report on in our hair loss blog.
Belgravia is not involved in any of the clinical trials reported on our site to date and therefore the best way to get involved with any you find of interest is to contact the company or institution named in the article.
Many of the JAK inhibitor hair loss trials are conducted in the USA and are predominantly for the treatment of severe Alopecia Areata – an autoimmune disorder and not the genetic condition you have, Male Pattern Baldness. We are aware of one such current trial which is being carried out by the medical facility at New York’s prestigious Columbia University which is responsible for developing many new JAK inhibitor drugs which its trustees have exclusively licensed to Aclaris Therapeutics.
However, there are various genetic hairloss treatment trials going on too so, aside from contacting the companies or researchers detailed in our blog stories, you can also search online clinical trial registries. These will tell you which trials are currently recruiting in which countries. They will also detail the criteria for each trial – you will need to check this to see if anyone who has previously had hair transplant surgery or has recently been using male pattern hair loss treatment is eligible.
If you are in the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has a website called the UK Clinical Trials Gateway which allows you to search relevant research studies near you. Most importantly, it also provides information on what to expect when participating in a clinical trial, including what you should prepare yourself for and the potential risks involved. It is crucial that anyone volunteering for any medical study is fully aware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for in both the best case and – most importantly – worst case scenarios, before confirming their involvement.
It’s unclear from the medications you mention if you have been using over-the-counter products since your hair restoration surgeries. If this is the case, we would recommend having a consultation as, not only will a specialist be able to assess whether your hairloss is likely to respond to currently available clinically-proven hair loss treatments but, if the prognosis is optimistic, they can make personalised recommendations. These may include topical medications from the range of formulations available at Belgravia in-clinic pharmacies and additional non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products which can be used alongside primary topical and oral drugs.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.