An Organization Dedicated to Hair Disorder Research
Photo courtesy of Marna E. Ericson, PhD and Maria Hordinsky, MD
The American Hair Research Society (AHRS) is a nonprofit organization composed of dermatologists, scientists, and industry partners. Our members support collaborative scientific research of hair disorders. We are dedicated to the advancement and education in the field of hair biology to provide improved patient care.
What are the Current AHRS Activities?
We provide a forum for sharing clinical, therapeutic, and scientific information at annual meetings associated with the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology as well as intercontinental meetings every three years. A major goal of the society is to encourage the 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 AHRS seeks to decrease the lag time between the advent of new technology and its application to hair research. Similarly, the AHRS promotes the translation of findings in the laboratory to new treatments that can help patients with hair loss.
AHRS seeks to support physicians interested in studying hair diseases and taking care of patients with hair loss. We sponsor mentorship grants to allow young physicians to spend time with recognized leaders in hair research.
Currently, AHRS provides small seed grants to support hair research projects. Our hope is that the funded investigator will then obtain National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to continue their research.
The AHRS is a founding member of the Intercontinental Meeting of the Hair Research Societies
The AHRS website facilitates enhanced communication among members of the hair research community. It also functions as an educational resource for medical and basic science professionals and the public.