International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Hosts 16th Annual Scientific Meeting in Montreal, September 3-7, 2008

    World's Leading Hair Restoration Physicians Gather to Present
    Latest Research, Scientific Advances in Diagnosing and Treating Hair Loss

    GENEVA, Ill., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From promising new
research in cell therapy demonstrating how cloned hair in the laboratory can
be duplicated to replace lost hair in ongoing human clinical trials to the
psychological impact of using longer hair in hair restoration surgery to give
patients a "sneak peak" of how their replaced hair will eventually look, the
latest technological breakthroughs in diagnosing, treating and preventing hair
loss will be presented by the world's foremost hair restoration experts at the
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery's (ISHRS) 16th Annual
Scientific Meeting.

    More than 500 physicians and surgical assistants from around the world
dedicated to advancing the art and science of hair restoration are expected to
attend this premier educational event, September 3-7, 2008, at Fairmont The
Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    "Exciting new research in the field of hair restoration surgery is poised
to dramatically expand our options in treating hair loss within the next five
years," said Bessam K. Farjo, MD, president of the ISHRS.  "This meeting
brings together the world's leading pioneers in hair restoration surgery to
provide a Continuing Medical Educational program that offers an unmatched
learning opportunity, including hands-on training, live patient
demonstrations, expert panels and guest speakers."

    A sampling of the hot topics to be presented at the ISHRS Annual Meeting

    -- Genetic testing for androgenetic alopecia could allow physicians to
diagnose hair loss in its early stages and start treating the condition before
baldness occurs
    -- New research suggesting that various growth factors and anti-oxidants
may play a role in reversing hair loss caused by factors such as toxins,
pollution and oxidative stress
    -- Best practices in transplanting facial hair for patients suffering
from hair loss as a result of an accident or a serious burn, including
cultural considerations for patients who live in areas of the world where a
lack of facial hair - such as a moustache - is considered shameful
    -- A new method for measuring hair growth parameters could be useful for
the diagnosis of female pattern hair loss and for the correct evaluation of
the supply of donor hair
    -- How common hair care techniques and cosmetic products can cause
significant hair damage, and even hair loss, in women

    One of this year's featured guest speakers is J. Kevin Thompson, Ph.D.,
professor of psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla., who
will speak on "Body Dysmorphic Disorder: How to Identify and Deal with Such
Patients."  Dr. Thompson's research interests for the past 25 years have
concentrated on body image disturbances and eating disorders.  He has
published over 100 journal articles, 20 chapters, and six books on these
topics.  Dr. Thompson's presentation will take place during the meeting's
Opening Session on Thursday, September 4, at 1:30 p.m.

    For a complete copy of the program, visit  Media interested in attending
the meeting can register for complimentary press passes by contacting Karen
Sideris at

    In order to demonstrate the virtually indistinguishable appearance of
today's hair transplants from everyday hair, the International Society of Hair
Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) invites the public to take the "Hair Transplant
Challenge."  This new online survey is designed to test a person's ability to
correctly identify hair transplant patients from fake patients in a series of
photos and knowledge on hair loss and hair restoration procedures.  To take
part in the survey, go to  The survey will be available
until January 1, 2009.

    Founded in 1993, the ISHRS is a non-profit medical association dedicated
to the advancement of the art and science of hair restoration.  With a
membership of over 750 physicians worldwide, the ISHRS provides continuing
medical education to physicians specializing in hair loss and restoration
surgery and serves as a resource for the public on the latest medical and
surgical hair restoration treatments for hair loss.  For more information and
to locate a physician, visit


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For further information: Karen Sideris, +1-219-922-7537,,
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