Revolution in hair loss understanding

Revolution in Hair Loss Understanding

Results from the work of a team at the Rockefeller Institute have unveiled a revolution in hair loss understanding. A new grasp of how hair growth works, one that will undoubtedly bring the day of the cure nearer. We take a closer look at some cutting edge science.


Rockefeller University Researching Hair Loss

Professor Elaine Fuchs, at the Rockefeller University, led an international team through a journey of discovery. They were examining the activity and role of stem cells around the hair follicle. During the journey, they made some astonishing discoveries, discoveries that have led to a revolution in hair loss understanding. It seems entirely plausible that this new understanding might very well lead to a technique that can cure hair loss. Or potentially outdo that and give us access to hair we had only dreamed about.

Revolutionary Understanding

Professor Fuchs’ team knew that stem cells resided in niches, ready to go to work when required. Deciding exactly when to go to work and, just as importantly, when to stop is critical. Those niches are microenvironments, somehow the stem cells inside knew when to begin producing new hair. At the other end of the growth cycle, they also needed to know when to stop growing and allow the hair to die.

The team discovered a lymphatic network of capillaries associated with the niches for the hair follicle. This was key to unlocking the mystery. Now they had a mechanism with which the stem cells could coordinate their activity, doing all the right things at all the right times.

By producing mice with transparent skin the team was actually able to observe this mechanism in action. They identified the individual switches, in the form of stem cell secretions, that the system uses for its various functions.

Bright Future For Hair Loss?

The work is at its earliest stages. The ambition would be to exert precise control over these switches. It is when that messaging system is disrupted that the instruction to grow new hair becomes distorted and does not get through.

There are two angles of investigation here it would seem. The first is to control those stem cell secretions. These, in turn, alter the microenvironment around them using that lymphatic network to send their messages. So the health of that lymphatic system is just as vital to the process. Learning to sustain and repair it will be essential too.

Hair Loss For Women

The sudden discovery of an entirely new mechanism involved in hair growth is a remarkable moment. One that teases the possibility of scientists developing stem cell-based tools to cure hair loss. It is still impossible to predict when that might be exactly, but it feels like it just got a whole lot closer.

Ranbir Rai-Watson

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