Alright, finally feeling less tired. Got enough energy to start posting about the World Congress for Hair Research. Here we go! As you can see from the photo above, the next WCHR will be in about 1 and a half years in Barcelona, Spain. First things first, the venue is amazing. It’s located at the north end of Kyoto and surrounded by hills. Getting there was real easy; just take the subway (Karasuma-Oike Line) all the way to the last station. There’s a tunnel pathway that leads basically straight to the conference centre with directional signage in both Japanese and English. Honestly, I was really surprised how easy transportation is in Japan. Some photos below. Next, the congress itself. As you can see from the pics below, NO photos or videos allowed! As you can see from the photo below, Dr. Cotsarelis looks either bored or tired, lol. However, like many of us, he too is suffering from baldness. He’s freakishly tall though, so it’s hard to notice it. However, it’s clear he hasn’t really taken advantage of his own discoveries… Thank god for food this time DURING presentations, the whole schedule was rammed with almost NO breaks or time for anything during the day. Once I post some of presentations you’ll be able to hear a lot of noise from everyone eating from their ekibens. This schedule actually caused some problems for me; 1) I was late for some of the presentations that followed the ones I was already in. 2) I had no time to meet / greet the researchers. 3) Even when I did meet the researchers, they had no time afterwards as they themselves were busy, but even if they DID have time, I had to be in the presentations!! 4) Even when I was done with presentations afterwards, I had a hard time finding the researchers. They were gone. 5) I also never heard from back from many of them via email 6) A lot of them didn’t show up to the conference; Histogen, Replicel, Samumed were all absent. 7) Some that WERE supposed to be there, couldn’t make it; Dr. Gerd Lindner from Dr. Lauster’s team. Furthermore, I never spoke with Dr. Cotsarelis. I did speak with Dr. Washenik (very briefly) and he gave me answers on some stuff; Follica is still doing trials (but couldn’t comment on details) and Kerastem should be releasing results shortly from further trials. I also DID manage get a hold of Dr. Koh-ei Toyoshima from Tsuji labs, and said he’d have time in between presentations, but as I said, I’d have to sacrifice being at presentations. So I had to make a choice; I either miss out on what I could ONLY hear at the conference from the presentations (not good) and postpone interviews to a later date (these CAN be done at a later time) or attempt the interview NOW… BUT, that was another problem; Dr. Toyoshima’s english isn’t very good. So even if I did attempt to conduct an interview, it probably wouldn’t be the best one. However, postponing may actually be a good thing considering I’ve got his entire presentation which will more than likely raise even MORE questions. So, I suppose it could be best to just save all the questions for later and fire them off for another round of questions like HairLossTalk.com did before with a translator. Might take a while, but hey, won’t matter as it won’t speed things up anyway. Finally, the whole congress seemed to be a much more quaint. As nice as it was, there just didn’t seem to be a whole lot of traction, crowds, vendors, etc. And finally, Shiseido’s poster: I actually inquired about the work with Replicel and they wouldn’t comment on it and told me I had to get in touch with Replicel’s team as the project had been transferred to them. Not sure what this means but… ??? Anyway, I’ve got ALL of the posters on hand I’ll be sharing those first as it was the easiest thing to get put online. I also have photographs of the actual slides from essentially ALL of the presentations this time! However, there’s about 800+ images of them so this is going to be a massive project for me to handle. Fortunately, I took pics with my phone and had folders setup to move them accordingly to their respectively labeled folder. Otherwise, I’d probably VERY lost with a straight camera. Thank god for Android since I know iPhones are absolute garbage for file management.