Featured Guest Speakers

Featured Guest Speakers will present on important topics related to hair growth, hair loss, and hair research in Bangkok.


Optimizing Hair Health

What we apply to our hair and scalps matters. The value of the global haircare market amounted to nearly 100 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. You can imagine that there are hundreds of thousands of invalidated marketing claims. What is the truth about certain products? Which ones really work? What should we recommend to our patients – or for that matter, to use on ourselves and to recommend for our family and friends – to optimize our hair health? Learn from an accomplished hair research scientist and have the opportunity to ask your questions!

Thomas L. Dawson, Jr., PhD

Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR), Institute for Medical Biology, Singapore

Dr. Dawson is a Senior Principal Investigator at the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR) Institute for Medical Biology (IMB) in Singapore. He is a research scientist and author on more than 50 original articles, book chapters, papers and other scientific communications, including authoring the Dandruff and Hair Growth chapters of Cosmetic Dermatology for several editions. While at the Procter & Gamble Co. Dr. Dawson’s research team discovered the fungal cause of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, identified the key microbes, Malassezia, and discovered and launched new technology in Head & Shoulders (the worlds largest shampoo brand). He also leads the Malassezia Research Consortium, a global multi-disciplinary collaboration on Malassezia biology, genomics, and pathogenicity.

Dr Dawson’s hair and scalp research is focused on stopping or reversing changes in women’s hair with age and menopause, via intervention in the metabolism and function of anagen hair follicles. A recent hair biology advance led to development of a successful in-market technology which improves the diameter of women’s scalp hair.

Dr. Dawson was recognized with the “John Smale” award as Procter & Gamble’s top technologist in 2002, and he is appointed to the faculty of Miami University (Ohio) Department of Botany as Adjunct Assistant Professor and the Department of Biochemistry and Drug Discovery at the Medical University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor. Prior to joining A*STAR IMB Dr. Dawson was a Senior Principal Investigator at the Procter & Gamble Co. where he led the Life Sciences Innovation team for the Singapore Innovation Center. He was a Fellow in Pediatrics with Duke University Medical Center and investigated genetic metabolic disease, including development of a Pompe Disease treatment (Myozyme). He earned his Ph.D. at the Lineberger Cancer Center at UNC-CH, where he studied breast cancer, a novel human proto-oncogene, c-mer; and ROS in orthotopic liver transplantation. Dr. Dawson grew up in WV and earned a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from West Virginia University.


Managing Androgenetic Alopecia with Medical Therapy & Platelet-Rich Plasma for the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia

We are all familiar with the tried and true topical minoxidil and oral finasteride. But what about oral minoxidil? Is it an effective medication for AGA? Based on the research trials thus far, what is the appropriate dosing, what are the side effects? The popularity of injecting PRP to treat hair loss has been growing exponentially. There are many protocols and no set treatment standard. Many doctors report positive results. What do we know about PRP for AGA? What is the theory about why it should work? DOES it work? What are the concentrations, intervals, and protocols that doctors are using?

Ramon Grimalt, MD

Department of Dermatology, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Ramon Grimalt, MD, PhD is Licensed in Medicine and Surgery, a Specialist in Dermatology and received his PhD in Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Grimalt is currently Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. He has trained in the University of Barcelona, University of Illinois, and Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy). He worked as an expert member of the (SCCP) Scientific Committee for Consumer Products at the European Community in Bruxelles (2004-2008). Dr. Grimalt has presented his work in more than 100 international and more than 90 national congresses. He is a peer reviewer of 10 scientific journals, including Associated Editor of the Medical Journal “Medicina Cutanea Ibero Latina Americana.” Dr. Grimalt’s research is divided in 4 investigator lines: Cutaneous lymphoma, Cosmetics, Histiocytosis, and Hair Dysplasia. His two main fields of interest are Pediatric Dermatology and Tricology. Dr. Grimalt has published 12 books as author or co-author, 43 chapters in a book and 1 medical translation from the English to Spanish of a hair cosmetics book. He is able to lecture in 5 different languages. English, Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan.


Allogeneic Hair Transplantation: Current Status

You likely get the following question asked by your patients…”My friend/brother/cousin has so much hair! Can’t you take some of his and transplant it to me?” Is it possible to transplant hair from one person to another? It has been tried in the past, but success would require harsh immunosuppressive drugs and for this reason, was not a logical treatment. Dr. Kwon has been conducting research on mice and will share with us new, exciting developments. Could this be the future of the field of hair restoration surgery?

Ohsang Kwon, MD

Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Ohsang Kwon, MD, PhD is currently a Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He clinically specializes in alopecia of both male and female, the scalp diseases, and hair restoration surgery. His research interests are mechanism of alopecia and hair follicle regeneration. He is conducting fundamental experiments in the field of stem cell biology and regeneration of hair follicles and trying to develop new treatment for hair loss including the experimental and translational approach of allogeneic hair transplantation. He has been actively conducting on hair-restore clinical trials, including the landmark phase 3 clinical trial to validate the efficacy and safety of dutasteride in male pattern hair loss.

Dr. Kwon received his medical degree from Seoul National University College of Medicine in 1994 and Ph.D degree from Graduate School, Seoul National University in 2005. He received Dermatology residency and fellowship training at the Seoul National University Hospital. He also worked as a visiting scholar at the laboratory of Dr. George Cotsarelis at the University of Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2009.

He joined the faculty at the Seoul National University and began to serve as a physician at the Seoul National University Hospital in 2005.


Will Performing Hair Transplant Surgeries Cripple You? Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

The delicate microsurgery and repetitive nature of techniques performed during hair restoration surgery has always lent to concerns of neck and back strains, and thus, proper ergonomics during surgery, for both the surgeon and the technicians. With the popularity of FUE, there are additional concerns as so many hours per day are involved with focus on a small surgical field. Learn and practice from an Applied & Clinical Physiologist about proper posture during surgery and possible ergonomic aids to minimize strain, as well as what exercises and stretching should be incorporated to maintain musculoskeletal balance and health.

Janet L. Nelson, MS, ACSM

Manhattan Applied Physiology, New York, USA

Janet Nelson practices both Applied and Clinical Physiology. Physiology is the science of muscle, organs and connective tissue in terms of form and structure. Applied Physiology is more concerned with the purpose and function of these systems and how the entire human body functions together. Therefore, Janet’s treatment sessions specialize in diagnostic and manual hands-on tissue therapy. Her practice focus is education based, whether lecturing to a group or working one on one with her patients.

As a C.O.E. (Certified Office Ergonomist), Janet is well versed in understanding the postural issues resulting from the demands of the workplace and work associated travel. She is qualified to assess and implement both equipment and work habit changes resulting in improved body position, reducing the load on the body and in many cases immediately reducing pain. During the diagnostic assessment of her patients Janet utilizes muscle and nerve response testing methodologies that allow her to identify the root cause of the movement dysfunction or reported pain.

Janet’s approach results in a comprehensive diagnostic map creating the path for treating not only the movement dysfunction and associated physical pain, but also the root causes of both. Drawing from her specialization in soft tissue therapy, Janet utilizes soft tissue system/movement based therapy techniques that treat problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Janet has 26 years experience treating competitive and elite athletes, ballerinas, and chronic motion injuries from the work place. She has most recently developed an ergonomic “Office On The Go” lecture presentation including helpful portable tools to assist the home office or traveling professional.


Adipose Derived Stem Cells: Where Are They From and What Are They Doing for the Hair Follicle?

We have been hearing a lot about injecting fat as an adjunctive therapy for hair loss and to improve HRS outcomes. What is the rationale? What are the different types of adipose tissue and what is the clinician aiming to do? What does the research say?

Gillian Westgate, PhD

Centre for Skin Sciences, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Dr. Westgate has a degree in Biochemistry and obtained her PhD in 1997 studying hair follicle biology, for which she is now internationally recognized as an expert. She began her career in the cosmetics and personal care industry at Unilever Research in the UK, where she led their scalp and hair biology research program for many years. During this time she developed many in vitro models that provided both fundamental understanding of the regulation of hair growth as well as producing scientific claims support for several global brands. Dr. Westgate has an established consultancy business, combining her experience and knowledge of skin and hair science with the needs of R&D in Industry. More recently, Dr. Westgate helped establish the Centre for Skin Sciences (CSS), a major centre of excellence for skin and hair research at the University of Bradford, UK. Her role in the CSS is developing sustainable partnerships between industry and academic researchers and to help translate science into commercial opportunities. Dr Westgate is a past Secretary and President of the European Hair Research Society and she regularly serves on the organizing committees for UK and international conferences. She continues to publish articles on various aspects of hair biology and to share her knowledge at conferences and industry-sponsored educational courses.