Speakers & Itinerary for 2019 Congress


Saturday 7th September

9.00   Registration

9.30   Hair Loss & Hair Treatments Throughout The Ages – Eva Proudman MIT

10.15   Getting Under The Skin of Hair Ageing – Rachael Sedman

11.00   Trichological Practice Around The World – David Salinger IAT

11:45   Coffee Break

12.00   The Formation of Curly Hair – Gill Westgate PhD

12.45   Insights Into The Cause of Hair Breakage in Afro Textured Hair – Paul Cornwell PhD

13.30   Lunch

15:00   Clinical Diagnosis & Treatments of More Perplexing Hair Conditions  – Dr Sharon Wong

15:45   Alopecia Areata in Childhood – Dr Ramon Grimalt

16:30   Panel Discussion: Alopecia Areata

17.15   Close


Sunday 8th September

9.00   Registration

9.30   State of the Art Hair Transplant Surgery – Educating & Protecting Patients from the Black Market – Dr Francisco Jimenez

10.15   When To Refer Patients for Hair Transplant Surgery – Dr Dilan Fernando

11:00   Coffee Break

11:30   Hair Bond Builders – Bob Hefford PhD

12.15   In Vitro Hair Follicles – The Next Generation of Modelling – Prof Michael Philpott PhD

13:00   Lunch

14:00   Talk Sponsored by Philip Kingsley

14:30   Panel Discussion: Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

15:15   Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation – Sonia Anderson

15:45   Live Demo: Scalp Micropigmentation

16:30   Close




Gill Westgate PhD

Dr. Gillian E Westgate. Centre for Skin Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK.

Gill works at the University of Bradford as Business Development Manager for the Centre for Skin Sciences. Gill has a BSc Hons in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in hair research.

Her cosmetics and personal care industry experience was obtained at Unilever Research in the UK, where she led their scalp and hair biology research programme for many years. During this time, Gill developed in vitro models that provided both fundamental understanding of the regulation of hair growth. Gill has a long standing interest in how the hair follicle forms fibres with curl and twist and will bring some interdisciplinary thinking into this topic.

Dr Westgate will be talking about The formation of curly hair – a fascinating multidisciplinary topic of interest to hair researchers.


Rachael Sedman

Rachael has a BSc(hons) and a MSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Bradford.

She is currently working as a research assistant in the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradford and doing a part time PhD studying ‘aging in the female scalp’; this is in
collaboration with the hair care company Aveda. This project allows Rachael to combine her interest in fundamental biology and the beauty industry and how we can translate the research into functional cosmetics.

Rachael will be speaking on ‘Getting under the skin of hair ageing’.




Bob Hefford PhD

Dr Bob Hefford is a consultant in the cosmetics science industry.

Educated in chemistry at the University of Leeds, in his early years Bob worked with Keracol Ltd, Unilever Research, Isleworth Laboratory and eventually started working on skin and hair products at Port Sunlight, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Clairol (hair colour and care). At Clairol Bob was introduced to the intricacies of hair dyes, hair colouring products and their manufacture.

He was involved in the European launch of Herbal Essences and has represented Clairol on a number of CTPA and COLIPA (as it was then) committees.

In 2002 after the take-over of Clairol by P&G he left to become an independent consultant. His jobs as a consultant have been many and varied from formulation, testing and regulation through to acting as an expert witness.

Dr Hefford will be speaking on the growing phenomena of ‘Hair Bond Builders’


Paul Cornwell PhD

Paul Cornwell is a technical consultant and business development manager for TRI Princeton, a leading cosmetic science research institute based in New Jersey, USA.

Paul has over 23 years’ experience working in the cosmetics industry working in various leadership roles in Unilever R&D and PZ Cussons.

He is a qualified pharmacist and experienced cosmetic chemist with extensive knowledge of hair biology, hair fibre science, hair product science.

Paul is member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (of Great Britain), and the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. He is a visiting lecturer on cosmetic science at Sunderland University and contributes to the Evaluation and Statistics modules on the UK SCS Cosmetics Science Diploma course.

Paul will be speaking on “Insights into the causes of hair breakage in Afro-textured hair”


Professor Mike Philpott

Mike Philpott is currently Professor of Cutaneous Biology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and leads the AFRUK Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (ARC) at QMUL.

Mike Philpott originally studied Marine Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Wales, graduating in 1986. He obtained his D. Phil from the University of Oxford in 1990, the title of his thesis was ‘Studies on isolated hair follicles’ from which he published on the in vitro culture and growth of human hair follicles now referred to as the ‘Philpott model’.

He continued his research into hair follicle biology at the University of Cambridge before taking up an academic post QMUL in 1996. His research interests include hair biology, wound healing, the role of cortisol in skin biology, steroidogenesis and sebocyte differentiation and the role of hedgehog signalling and Gli transcription factors in the development of basal cell carcinoma.
During his PhD Mike Philpott developed a very strong interest in animal replacement science and much of his subsequent career has focused on the development of human models for human skin disease.

Mike will be speaking on In-vitro hair follicles: the next generation of modelling.





Dr Sharon Wong

Dr Sharon Wong Consultant Dermatologist subspecialises in treating hair loss and scalp disorders and runs a dedicated hair clinic in the private sector.

She is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the British Hair and Nail Society (BHNS). She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation and is the medical advisor for the Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation (CARF) in London.

Dr Wong has worked with Alopecia UK to develop e-learning modules for the Royal College of GPs and has co-authored a hair loss patient support programme (PSP) in collaboration with talkhealth UK. In 2018 she created Get Ahead of Hair Loss, the first large scale public awareness event on hair loss in aid of charity.

Dr Wong will be conducting an interactive talk on the clinical diagnosis and treatments of the more perplexing hair loss/scalp disorders


Dr Ramon Grimalt

Ramon Grimalt, MD, PhD (Terrassa, Spain 1965), Licensed in Medicine and Surgery (1989), Specialist in Dermatology (1994) (UNESCO code 320106), Doctor (PhD) in Medicine and Surgery (1995) and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Barcelona (2000) and Associated Professor, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator Professor of Dermatology at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (2012).

He worked as an expert member of the (SCCP) Scientific Committee for Consumer Products at the European Community in Bruxelles (2004-2008)

Grimalt’s 3 main fields of interest are Paediatric Dermatology and has more than 60 papers.

He has been re-elected (8 years) General Secretary of the European Society for Paediatric Dermatology. Has been President of the ESPD for 4 years also and Tricology. He is member of the Board of the European Hair Research Society.

Ramon will be speaking on “Insights into the causes of hair breakage in Afro-textured hair”


Dr Dilan Fernando

Dr Fernando is a Full Medical Member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery, he successfully established South London’s first Care Quality Commission regulated hair
transplant clinic.

Dr Fernando has a strong belief in safe surgical practice, with patient care at the heart of his clinical work. Dr Fernando keeps abreast of the latest developments in technology and science around hair loss and marries this information with his passion for patient safety education and contributes to making this information available through his blogs and educational material which provide a source of high quality, trusted information on hair loss and hair restoration surgery.
He is also the Lead Hair Transplant Surgeon and Medical Director of The Treatment Rooms in London.

Dr Fernando will be speaking on “When to refer for hair transplant surgery”.



Dr Francisco Jimenez

Francisco is a Dermatologist and Hair Transplant Surgeon working in his private clinic Mediteknia in Gran Canaria.

He is also Vice-President of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and received the Platinum Follicle Award from the ISHRS in 2011. He also has the position of Associate Professor at the University Fernando Pessoa Canarias.

The title of Francisco’s talk will be “State-of-the-Art Hair Transplantation and the Educated Patient – Protecting Patients from the Black Market”



Eva Proudman MIT

Eva Proudman MIT is one of the Directors for The Institute of Trichologists and is a much sought after independent hair loss specialist with in excess of 18 years’ experience.

Eva has several Trichology Clinics across the UK specialising in all types of hair and scalp conditions. When not in clinic Eva consults for leading global brands on research and development programmes, helping to develop new hair products and has successfully delivered products and solutions in to the hair loss market that work in harmony with the hair and scalp.
She also lectures and delivers her unquestionable knowledge and experience in master classes to a carefully selected group of British hairdressing professionals as well as writing regularly for trade journals.

Eva will be speaking on “Hair loss & hair treatments throughout the ages”.



David Salinger

David Salinger obtained degrees from the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics before studying to become a Trichologist.
During 1974/75 he worked at the University of Southern California, developing a trichology course with a group of medical experts. Once the course was completed, it was given to the
International Association of Trichologists (IAT) to administer and David has been the Director of IAT since that time.

He has trained students in 40 countries, including supervising clinical training in Australia, the U.K, USA, Russia, Canada, India, Kenya, Vietnam, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Jamaica and South Korea.

David’s book ‘Hair Loss Handbook’ has sold throughout the world and he was the first person to use tyrosine to treat such autoimmune problems as psoriasis and alopecia areata. He runs clinics in Sydney and Adelaide.

David will be speaking on “Trichological practice around the world”.


Sonia Anderson

Sonia is the founder and Managing Director of Micropigmentation UK. Designed to unite the UK industry and raise standards, in 2016 Sonia launched the Annual
Micropigmentation UK Conference and Awards, which has been growing in popularity year on year.

Sonia is a qualified micropigmentation practitioner and trainer with over 10 years of experience in the field. After completing her training in 2008 at Harley Street in London, she established her first permanent makeup business, Sonia Anderson Permanent Makeup, which she has run successfully for over 10 years providing treatments and training across East Midlands.

Sonia will be speaking about ‘The Benefits of Micropigmentation’.