• Biology of Human Hair Growth
    September 21, 2021 - December 7, 2021
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
by UCD
When:
7pm-9pm on a Tuesday
6 x 2-hour lectures
Duration:
September 21st-December 7th, 2021 (dates are below)
Location:
Online via Zoom
Cost:
Image Skillnet Member Price: €562.50
Full price for non-Image Skillnet members: €750

Course Requirements
This CPD course is suitable for a range of students (graduates and non-graduates) from biological or general life sciences backgrounds, and is also open to clinicians (incl. nurses) and other professionals working in industrial (pharma/personal care) or academic research environments. 

Course Overview
This part-time and wholly online webinar based Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course includes an interactive lecture schedule of 12 hours of direct teaching to provide a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge base in human hair growth biology. The lecture block will cover an introduction to the biology of the skin and its appendages, and where relevant, will include variations with gender, age, and geographic ancestry. This then will be followed by a series of lectures specific to hair follicle biology (incl. hair growth cycle, hair fiber, hair pigmentation etc.) While this course will not focus specifically on topics of overt clinical pathology of the hair follicle, it will refer to common ‘physiological’ changes (e.g., male pattern baldness) that may be of interest to those in the personal care market.

The lectures will be delivered by Prof. Desmond Tobin, Full Professor of Dermatological Science and an active skin and hair follicle researcher. There may be occasional lectures delivered by invited specialists.

Course Content
This CPD course will cover aspects of human hair growth biology, with a comprehensive lecture schedule delivered by a world-respected skin scientist who is an expert in this field. Lectures will be delivered through an interactive webinar series and organised into one block over a single trimester. Content will cover the following areas:

  • Introductory Lecture: Skin Anatomy/Histology (including of hair follicle, nail, and sweat glands)
  • The Human Scalp Hair Follicle & Hair Fibre
  • Hair Growth Cycle Part 1
  • Hair Growth Cycle Part 2 & Nutrition (incl. nutraceuticals)
  • Hair Growth in Health & Common Physiological Variants (thinning)
  • Hair Follicle Immune System
  • Hair Pigmentation
  • Hair Follicle Aging (incl. hair greying)
  • Hair Follicle Interaction with Light (UVR & visible light incl. blue light)
  • Hair Follicle Stem Cells
  • Hair Follicle & Wound Healing
  • Hair Follicle Microbiome
  • Hair Follicle in Personal Care /Cosmeceuticals

Project Work / Work Experience / Exams
This course does not have an exam or any follow-up project work. Additional reading around the lecture content will be encouraged and supported via a key recent review article for each lecture.

Learning Outcomes
Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human hair follicle and will enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of hair science. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of skin appendages on our well-being.

On completion of the CPD course, participants should have the following competencies:

  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of the biology of the human hair follicle.
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of the hair growth cycle (principally pertaining to the human scalp).
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of hair follicle aging
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of hair follicle pigmentation
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of gender and geographic ancestry-related aspects of the hair follicle.
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of wound healing in the context of the hair follicle.
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of hair follicle stem cells
  • Appreciate the basics of hair and scalp care issues

Applying Knowledge and Understanding
Webinars will be interactive, allowing the participants to actively engage with the lecturer and facilitating discussion by the participants with an expert in the field of hair follicle science. There will NOT be a formal assessment at the end of the trimester.

On completion of this CPD course we will expect the student to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the biology of the human hair follicle.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how the hair follicle varies by age, gender, and geographic ancestry.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the hair follicle responds in the context of wound healing.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the basics of personal care to physiological or sub-clinical variations in the human hair follicle.

Making Judgements
Throughout this lecture series there will be a significant emphasis on the need for self-directed learning and the importance of understanding skin/hair-related research. Critical appraisal of scientific literature will be a major feature of all lectures, to be able to separate fact from fiction.

On completion of the CPD course participants should have the following competencies:

  • Critically appraise the current human hair follicle science landscape.
  • Develop a structured approach to critical appraisal of the cutaneous scientific literature.
  • Assess the contribution of cutaneous research to the development of personal care strategies for the hair follicle.
  • Evaluate personal learning and develop learning skills.

Communication and Working Skills
On completion of this CPD course we will expect the applicants to be able to:

  • Ensure that hair growth variations are not inappropriately dismissed as trivial or unimportant to the individual.

Learning Skills

  • Participants should further develop a multitude of learning skills. During this interactive webinar series participants will be encouraged to further explore the content of every webinar through self-directed learning and critical appraisal of current literature.
  • Participants will also be requested to reflect on their webinar-based content and apply what they have learnt to their current occupational contexts where appropriate. Interactive webinar-based question and answer sessions should further develop their ability to ask pertinent skin/hair personal care-relevant questions.

Qualification Awarded on Completion
Upon completion you will receive a Certificate of Attendance with total CPD points stated.

Timeline Schedule
Week 1 (21st September 2021)

  • Introductory Lecture: Skin Anatomy/Histology (incl. hair follicle, nail & sweat glands)

Week 2 (5th October 2021)

  • The Human Scalp Hair Follicle & Hair fibre
  • Hair Growth Cycle Part 1

Week 3 (12th October 2021)

  • Hair Growth Cycle Part 2 & Nutrition (incl. nutraceuticals)
  • Hair Growth in Health & Common Physiological Variants (thinning)

Week 4 (26th October 2021)

  • Hair Follicle Immune System
  • Hair Pigmentation

Week 5 (9th November 2021)

  • Hair Follicle Aging (incl. hair greying)
  • Hair Follicle Interaction with Light (UVR & visible light incl. blue light)

Week 6 (23rd November 2021)

  • Hair Follicle Stem Cells
  • Hair Follicle & Wound Healing

Week 7 (7th December 2021)

  • Hair Follicle Microbiome
  • Hair Follicle in Personal Care / Cosmeceuticals

* Please note dates and lecture order may be subject to change

About Professor Desmond Tobin
Desmond Tobin is a Full Professor of Dermatological Science at UCD School of Medicine and Director of the Charles Institute of Dermatology, University College Dublin (since Sept 2018). 
Over the past 25+ years he has researched in basic and applied skin/hair sciences, with a particular focus on the regulation of hair growth in health and disease especially those conditions with an immune-medicated basis, and on the biology of human melanocytes/pigmentation in health and disease.

Des Tobin holds fellowships of:
Royal College of Pathologists (UK)
Royal Society of Biology (UK)
Institute of Biomedical Sciences (UK),
Institute of Trichologists (UK) (Vice-President 2000-2021).
Elected member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Chair of the British Society for Investigative Research 2018-2020
Panel member of the REF 2021 (UK) (Sub-panel 3 (Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy).

Des serves(ed) on several editorial boards including Associate Editor of Experimental Dermatology. He has published over 150 publications, incl. 3 books.

For more information on this course go to https://www.ucd.ie/charles/education/cpd/cpce01130biologyofhumanhairgrowth/

If you need help in booking on to this course, contact us at info@imageskillnet.ie or 071-9640438. Course must be fully paid for in advance of the start date.

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