Speakers at the Congress

Speakers at the 2017  Congress


A MessengerAndrew Messenger

Andrew has been a consultant dermatologist to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Sheffield Children’s Hospital since 1986. His undergraduate training was at the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne. He has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hair biology and disorders of hair growth and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He was a founder member of the European Hair Research Society and its president 2004-6. He was president of the 7th World Congress of Hair Research held in Edinburgh in 2013 and is current president of the Institute of Trichologists.





M CisternoMiguel Cisterna

Miguel is the President of Argentine Association of Trichology. Trichologist in Cheif at CABELLOySALUD ®. Professor at Buenos Aires University. Miguel Specialties include : Research and development of new botanical assets and products for the scalp and hair.

Holding workshops for medical professionals (dermatologists, surgeons, endocrinologists), pharmacists, biochemists, nutritionists, cosmiatras, beauticians and hairdressers through out South America, With many papers publicised in Brazil and Argentina about hair science, Miguel is the “Profesionales expertos en Tricología” and we are very honoured to have him visit us all the way from Argentina to speak about His experience of Trichology in South America.



C HIgginsClaire Higgins

Dr Claire Higgins obtained a B.Sc. in Natural Sciences in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Skin Developmental Biology from Durham University in 2007.  She performed postdoctoral studies researching both hair follicle induction, and diseases of the hair and scalp in the Department of Dermatology at Columbia University in New York from 2007-2013.  In 2014 she established her own research group in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London.  The main focus of the group is to understand how tissue develops and responds to different types of injury.  The hair follicle is used as a model system to study tissue regeneration, and as a source of cells which promote tissue repair.




Bessam Farjo

Dr Bessam Farjo has exclusively practiced all techniques of hair restoration surgery since 1993. Ambassador & Past President of International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, Past President and co-founder of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery, Diplomate and Past Board Director of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, Fellow, Board Governor & Medical Director of the Institute of Trichologists, and Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. Joint recipient of the 2012 ISHRS Platinum Follicle Award for ‘outstanding contribution to hair research’. Bessam is also a Medical Director of HairClone and will be standing in for Paul Kemp regarding the update on this exciting venture.




C MichaelidesCarole Michaelides

Carole has been practicing at the Philip Kingsley Clinic for over forty years. She is a past governor of the Board of the Institute serving mainly on the education committee. She is also a member of several other organisations including the Society of Cosmetic Scientists and the European Hair Research Society. Carole was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Trichologists in 2013 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of trichology.

Carole has appeared on television and radio programmes featuring hair and hair loss disorders and has contributed widely to newspapers and magazines on hair and scalp problems. She was instrumental in organising the teaching of hair science to hairdressers for Philip Kingsley Products, and has lectured for many other bodies.  She has contributed to a published dermatological review looking at the prevalence and treatment of scarring hair loss conditions across the UK. Carole served as a Steering Group member for the first ever Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) for hair loss, with the objective of identifying the most important hair loss research priorities for patients and clinicians.  It is hoped that defining these priorities for future research will encourage targeted projects that will benefit all hair loss sufferers.

Z PassamZoë Passam

Zoë has worked at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic for the past 13 years, qualifying with the Institute of Trichologists as a consultant trichologist in 2008, passing both sets of exams with distinction. She was awarded the John Firmage Certificate of Distinction in her first year, and the John Mason Memorial Award for Excellence upon graduating, which is only awarded when there is a student of high enough calibre. Zoë has previously lectured on black hair, and took part in a live web chat about post-pregnancy hair. Zoë presented at SCS Formulate at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, as part of ‘The Knowledge’, on the subject of ‘Haircare Trends’, and last year presented on the subject of hair and nutrition at FACE Conference 2016, at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, London. She presented at the first National Trichology Conference at Salon International, ExCel London, last October, and has also recently started work as an expert witness.



L TeareLouise Teare

Dr Louise Teare is a Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust. She has been closely involved in the integration of Infection Prevention and Control with the process of corporate governance and with the development of link practitioner systems for infection control. In 2011, Louise was invited to become a member of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry team to investigate the occurrence of Clostridium difficile infection at the Vale of Leven Hospital from 1st January 2007 onwards.  She was on the national enquiry team and was one of the authors of the Health Care Commissions’ report on Clostridium difficile at Maidstone Hospital.

Louise has contributed to the infection prevention and control medical literature, including a quality improvement paper in the British Medical Journal on Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). She has been a member of several national and regional committees and advisory boards on microbiology and infection prevention and control. Louise has worked with the St Andrews Burns and Plastics  Centre since its inception.  In addition to day to day management of cases, she is involved with managing the control of infection from patients colonised on admission with organisms such as MRSA, VRE and CPE.

T MaleedyTony Maleedy

Tony is a hair specialist, a cosmetic scientist, an expert on hair products and the founder of Tony Maleedy Hair, a new company dedicated to creating high quality hair treatments. He is a member and former governor of the Institute of Trichologists, and a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. He is a hair science consultant to the Remington Corporation, where he has helped develop many of their most successful brands. He has also created hair products and treatments for many companies and organisations, including The Institute of Trichologists and The Body Shop.

Tony has worked as a Trichologist for over twenty five years in New York and London. Tony spends much of his time carrying out hair research at the University of Bath, School of Material Science. This research underpins the development of new hair products and the greater understanding of hair conditions and disorders.


H RushtonHugh Rushton PhD, DSc. FIT

Hugh has been in hair research for over 35 years. He has a DSc entitled “Invention Of A Clinical Diagnostic Technique For Alopecia And The Resultant Discovery Of Clinically Significant Biochemical Abnormalities and their Subsequent Treatment”, a PhD entitled “Chemical & Morphological Properties of Scalp Hair in Normal & Abnormal States”, and has published over 50 papers and several book chapters relating to scalp hair problems. In addition, Dr Rushton advises consumer watchdog and government organisations on scalp hair matters.





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