@ The Society for Hair Science Research (SHSR) was founded in 1993 with the aim of advancing research in hair biology and hair-related medicine, and currently boasts a membership of around 100, comprising dermatologists, physicians interested in hair diseases, and researchers in academia/industries, who are engaged in a broad range of fundamental research. The SHSR holds one general meeting and academic conference annually.
@The SHSR works closely with hair researchers and academic organizations world-wide: the first scientific conference of the SHSR held in Tokyo with the current honorary director and the founder of SHSR, Dr. Hideoki Ogawa, as chairman, which also provided the occasion for the very first Intercontinental Meeting of Hair Research Societies. Since then the SHSR has held annual meetings and conferences domestically, while steadily working towards its stated aims of advancing hair biology and disease research. At the same time, the Intercontinental Meeting, initially only of modest proportions, has enjoyed a similar increase in membership from all over the world and now has expanded its framework to continue its mission as the World Congress for Hair Research, or the WCHR, which is held every two years.
@The SHSR has adopted the policy of holding the scientific meeting in Japan every other year to avoid overlapping with WCHR gatherings. As mentioned above, SHSR hosted the first WCHR held jointly with the very first SHSR meeting, and the 3rd WCHR in Tokyo, both took place under the chairmanship of Dr. Ogawa. In 2017, the SHSR together with the Japan Society of Clinical Hair Restoration once again served as the host of the 10th WCHR in Kyoto with great success.
@The current executive committee of the SHSR consists of 19 directors. The post of president, initially held by Dr. Ogawa, then in successive years by Dr. Seiji Arase and Dr. Kensei Katsuoka, and Dr. Ryoji Tsuboi. I am honored to take over this position as of December 2018. With the vice president Dr. Yutaka Shimomura and this core staff of SHSR members, and all SHSR members, I would to further enhance our understanding of hair follicle biology and the etiopathogenesis and pathophysiology of hair diseases and advance therapeutic approaches.
@On another note: in 2017 we updated the guidelines for alopecia areata and male/female pattern hair loss. I regard such contribution to medical community represents one of the most important mission of SHSR which needs to be continued.
@With unwavering resolution, I would like to do my best to improve and expand the SHSR. To this end, I would like to ask your kind and continuous support.
Thank you very much,
Manabu Ohyama, MD, PhD
President of SHSR