Hair Loss: Resources
The following are the only hair loss-related nonprofit or consumer organizations currently recognized by the American Hair Loss Association.
The American Academy of Dermatology www.aad.org
The American Academy of Dermatology is the largest and most representative of all dermatologic associations, with a membership of more than 10,420 dermatologists in the United States.
While the AAD is not specifically a hair loss organization they do support the furthering of hair loss awareness and have many hair loss experts in their membership.
International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons www.iahrs.org
The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons is a consumer organization that selectively screens skilled and ethical hair transplant surgeons. The IAHRS does not offer an open membership policy to doctors practicing hair transplantation, and is the only group that recognizes that all surgeons are not equal in their skill and technique. Its elite membership seeks to represent the best in the discipline. The IAHRS' goal is to provide a safe place for prospective patients to choose a surgeon based on skill and not on their ability to buy public opinion through advertising.
It is the only organization in the world whose membership is limited exclusively to state-of-the-art hair restoration surgeons. The IAHRS is the patient's advocate, the ethical physician's voice, and the standard for the profession.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation www.naaf.org
The mission of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) is to support research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, to support those with the disease, and to educate the public about alopecia areata. This mission is accomplished by:
Funding research and research workshops that add to the scientific knowledge about alopecia areata, its causes, and different treatments
- Providing local support and education for people with alopecia areata and their families.
- Informing the public about alopecia areata.
- Advocating the concerns of people affected by alopecia areata.
- Creating and distributing educational materials to health professionals as well as those affected, so that all may better understand alopecia areata.
Published on March 1, 2010