» » » BTW. Orogen Plus is a combination of PRP and a Matrix (yeah, a
» » »
» » » http://www.orogen.net/grants.php
» » » On Thursday September 4, 2008 Joseph F. Greco, PhD and Robert Brandt
» » » OroGen Biosciences, Inc. were awarded a $10,000 research grant by the
» » » International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery at the ISHRS Annual
» » » Meeting in Montreal, Quebec to “Study and Evaluate the Effects of
» » Platelet
» » » Rich Plasma and Various Growth Factors as a treatment for Alopecia
» » Areata.”
» » »
» » »
» » » Four percent of all dermatologic visits in the USA are for Alopecia
» » » Areata, an autoimmune condition that causes patients to lose hair on
» » their
» » » heads as well as on other parts of the body. Current treatment
» » are
» » » limited, and some of those options, like cortisone injections, have
» » side
» » » effects. In contrast, infusing the patient’s own growth factors is
» » » completely safe and may prove to be an effective treatment regiment
» » » this devastating condition.
» » »
» » » Both Dr. Greco and Mr. Brandt were awarded a 2007 research grant from
» » the
» » » ISHRS to study the “Effects of Platelet Rich Plasma and Various
» » » Factors on Non-Transplanted Miniaturized Hair,” and the study results
» » will
» » » be published in 2008 International Hair Transplant Forum.
» » This is what I meant when I proposed trying to raise money for hairloss
» » research. Dr. Greco received a 10,000 dollar grant from the
» » alot of money. If each of our 16oo plus members contributed only 20
» » dollars, we would have raised over 3 times that amount of money…and
» » then maybe we could be more involved in the research.
» Willy, I think you have a point here. We can build a website for raising
» money online from all those interested in tackling this condition, not only
» from this board but world wide, all they have to do is to make an online
» transaction, I m gonna prepare a thread soon about serious research that
» might offer us something. We have a diverse portfolio right now of research
» (Thank’s god).Things are progressing finally. We can select 2 or 3 most
» promising procedures. If 10.000 $ can make a difference then I’m sure we
» can make a bigger difference with our donations instead of crying all the
» time. (After all, this was the way Obama got to the White house, with
» volunteers and donations and Media).
» I think we need to have some kind of foundation in the US or Europe that
» is legally authorized to raise money and a good Communication strategy to
» ensure public awareness of the devastating effects of this condition so
» that we can push research forward through money and media. After all it’s
» not all about Aids and Cancer in the Medical Arena. There is already a US
» foundation (non-profit organization) for Hair loss , we need to contact it
» (its under the US medical society umbrella I think). But the question is
» the following , will we have some guys willing to volunteer and take the
» frontlines “vis a vis” the media and to handle the legal-daily management
» issues ???
Amilcar, I think that is a great idea. Unfortunately, I’ve brought this up a couple times before and most of the forum members “shot it down” rather quickly. This was discussed before ICX seemed to drop off and many said that they were so close to a cure that we would be wasting our time. Well, several years later, ICX is not showing much promise. Others claimed that we could not raise enough money to make a difference. Well, I’m pretty sure we could AT LEAST match a 10,000 grant between all of the members here. I actually had a few members here pledge significant amounts, but it never materialized.
I feel this way…we’ve been comming here for many years hearing the same “5 years away” routine. Most of us are sick of it by now. This forum contains over 1600 members with a common goal. Why shouldn’t we work together to at least TRY to help ourselves? Furthermore, if we did raise a fair amount of money and some company actually brought a treatment/cure to market before we became involved…we could always give the money to some other cause where people are suffering! Or at least that is what I would want to do with it.
Anyways, I really don’t think that this will ever happen. There are too many complacent people on this forum who would rather wait for others to solve their problem than to make ANY ATTEMPT to get involved. With as many people as we have here, that is ashame. With this many people, everyone could pitch in a LITTLE BIT (of time, money, effort, whatever) and we could get alot accomplished without any one person giving too much.
If you really feel that you would like to get involved with something like this, I’m more than willing to do my part.