In a new stem cell research study presented at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) annual meeting last week, a dermatologist presented a new clinical research study in which children with Alopecia Areata were treated for baldness with their own Adult Stem Cells.
Adult Stem Cells for Alopecia Areata
Dr. Marwa Fawzi, a dermatologist at the University of Cairo, treated 8 children who were suffering from Alopecia Areata and thus were balding. Alopecia Areata is a condition that causes hair loss and can happen at any age. People (children and adults alike) with this condition are often teased and shunned and many have low self esteem.
Process of Stem Cells for Baldness
- Small amounts of skin were removed from the scalps of the children
- The hair follicle stem cells that stimulate hair growth were isolated and then multiplied in a lab
- After one month, the children’s own Adult Stem Cells were injected back into their scalps where the baldness was occurring.
Stem Cell Research Results
6 months after the stem cell treatment, 5 of the 8 children had at least a 50% increase in the amount of hair on their heads.
2 of the children had a small increase in the amount of hair and 1 child had no change.
Not bad for a simple procedure with no side effects or down side.
From the stem cell article:
She also took new skin samples and examined the hair follicles themselves and could see that the injected stem cells had migrated into the follicles. There, the stem cells stimulated the follicles to transition from a dormant phase to a hair-generating phase, Fawzi said.
In a poster that she presented at the meeting, she showed photographs of an 8-year-old boy named Mahmoud who was almost completely bald before the treatment and had a nearly full head of hair afterward.
Mahmoud was socially isolated before and always wore a hat to hide his baldness, she said. He now calls her almost every day to talk and thank her for the treatment.
Adult Stem Cells- improving more lives each day.
A similar stem cell research study for Alopecia Areata in adults is also going on in the United States now too. Hopefully, we can expand this into treating male pattern baldness as well. Why not?