With hair loss in women on the rise and men becoming increasingly concerned about their receding hairlines, it’s good to hear that the amounts of money being poured into cures for baldness aren’t being wasted.
The success of stem cell regeneration in producing hair growth in mice has been well documented over the past decade but Aderans Research Institute Inc. (ARI) recently announced the launch of its Phase 2 clinical study on cell-based hair regeneration in men and women.
“The second phase of this study is another step in our efforts to truly understand the impact of regenerative cell therapy on pattern hair loss. It’s a tremendous opportunity,” said Kurt Stenn, MD, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer.
The research focuses on taking the two primary cell types within hair follicles – fibroblasts and keratinocytes – and promoting their growth in controlled laboratory environments before recombining them and inserting the “combined hair cells” in the patient’s skin, where they are expected to generate hair growth.
“This is research the industry has always wanted to do, and ARI has combined the support, the market, and the scientific wherewithal to do it,” said Vice President Vern Liebmann.
The treatment in this study, however, is only suitable for pattern hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, and not intended for those with a different underlying condition. Other experimental treatments claim they may help hair grow back regardless of why it fell out, but caution is advised until conclusive evidence proves their safety and efficacy.
John Satino, clinical director at the “Hair and Scalp Clinics” in Clearwater, FL explained how his experimental stem cell treatment is intended to work on humans.
“This treatment involves drawing the blood of the patient, their own blood,” Satino said. “It’s then separated. It’s called PRP or platelet rich plasma which contains stem cells and growth factors. Those factors then are injected into the scalp in the affected area.”
Satino said his stem cell treatment, which can cost several thousands of dollars, also uses a laser to agitate the skin so the stem cells can migrate into the hair follicles. The procedure can be uncomfortable but Satino said it’s a one hour treatment that only needs to be performed once.
Satino’s treatment is still in experimental stages and is not open to the general public. The results will be published in a study but in the meantime, if you’re losing your hair there are several other hair loss treatment options available.
Each year we take a step closer to discovering what stem cell regeneration could mean to men and women suffering from hair loss. We haven’t reached the Holy Grail yet but this latest information definitely gives us an understanding of where we might be down the road.
In the meantime, to get a thorough understanding of your particular condition and to find out more about the most effective treatments for hair loss, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. You can even fill in the online diagnostic form if you can’t make it into the centre and get free access to expert advice and recommendations.