i just wrote harvard skin study and they are still accepting new patients for the follica trial. kind of disappointing since you would figure they have all the patients they need by now. here is part of the e-mail i recieved. there are an interesting notes about microdermabrasion and immunomodulators.
Description - The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of microdermabrasion on hair growth. The study may last up to 2 months and subjects will receive $1,000 for completing all visits and procedures. It involves 2 skin biopsies. Eight study visits are required. To participate in this research study, the subject will have to stop all other anti-aging treatments except emollients approved by the study doctor.
III. SUBJECT SELECTION
Caucasian males 20-50 years of age
Has male pattern baldness.
Current or recent use (within the past year) of isotretinoin (Accutane).
Is currently taking hormone therapy, or steroids or other immunomodulators (examples are methotrexate, cyclosporine) or has taken these medications within the past thirty (30) days (inhaled steroids are acceptable).
Currently using Rogaine or Propecia or used them in the past forty-five (45) days
Is immune compromised or undergoing therapy to treat an immune disorder.
History of keloids or hypertrophic scarring.