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This blog explores topics in 'Trichology' (the orthodox sciences of human hair). We welcome you either as an interested visitor or a prospective student seeking to study trichology to share your comments and experience. As the archives continue to accumulate, probably at some point they will become a useful reference for all. This hair loss forum may help you to grow hair too!


The Transient Role for Calcium and Vitamin D During the Developmental Hair Follicle Cycle

The role for 1,25(OH)2D3 and/or calcium in hair follicle (HF) cycling is not clear despite their impact on keratinocyte differentiation. We found that calbindin-D9k null (KO) pups generated from calbindin-D9k KO females fed D deficient low calcium (0.47%) diet (D-/ low Ca) develop transient alopecia. The pups appear phenotypically normal until 13 days of age, after which the hair progressively sheds in a caudocephalic direction resulting in truncal alopecia totalis by 20-23d, with spontaneous recovery by 28d. (Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology)

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As a Dermatologist and Informatician my research mainly involves application of bioinformatics techniques and tools in dermatological conditions. However my research interests are varied and I have publications in areas ranging from artificial intelligence, sequence analysis, systems biology, ontology development, microarray analysis, immunology, computational biology and clinical dermatology. I am also interested in eHealth, Health Informatics and Health Policy.

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