In recent hair loss news, a study performed by Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute was released in the journal PLOS One. According to this study, which was published just a few days ago on January 26th, researchers may be closer than ever to determining a means to generate new hair follicles. The study introduces a novel idea of using a cell-based treatment approach for hair loss. Researchers were able to show how a unique type of cells, termed human pluripotent stem cells, can ultimately lead to the growth of new hair. These cells dictate the formation of hair-follicles and determine the growth cycle. When transplanted into mice, they differentiate into dermal papilla cells thus yielding new hairs. For the 61 million Americans suffering with alopecia, this could be the beginning of the breakthrough treatment they have been waiting for.
“Our next step is to transplant human dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells back into human subjects,” said Vasiliy V. Terskikh. “Partnership is needed to implement this final step.”