• Biology of Human Hair Growth
    September 20, 2022 - December 6, 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
By the Charles Institute of Dermatology at UCD
When:
7-9pm every Tuesday
12 x 2-hour lectures
Duration:
September – December 2022
Location:
Online via Zoom
Cost:
Image Skillnet Member Price: €1120
Full price for non-Image Skillnet members: €1,600

Course Requirements
This certificate is suitable for a range of graduates from the biological, biomedical, biochemical, bioengineering, and/or general life sciences background, and is also open to clinicians (including nurses) and other professionals working in industrial (pharma/personal care) or academic research environments.

Applicants must have a BSc (NFQ Level 8 or international equivalent) in a biology or life sciences-based degree from a recognised Irish or international third level institution in subjects allied to medicine i.e. anatomy; physiology & pathology; pharmacology; toxicology; pharmacy; analytical sciences or laboratory practice.

Course Overview
This fully-online and part-time course with an  interactive lecture schedule and fact-based assessment series, will comprise of approx. 24 hours of direct teaching to provide a fundamental and comprehensive knowledge base in the human skin and hair follicle biological sciences. 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. While this professional certificate will not focus specifically on topics of overt clinical pathology of the skin, it will refer to common mild physiological changes (e.g., male pattern baldness, dry skin, oily skin) that may be of interest to the personal care market. 

Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human skin and its appendages (principally the hair follicle and nail) and will enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of skin function. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of skin and its appendages on our well-being. 

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
The topics covered in this course are as follows;

  • Introductory Lecture: Skin Anatomy/Histology (incl. hair follicle, nail, and sweat glands).
  • Skin Immune System
  • Skin Interaction with Light (UVR & visible light incl. blue light)
  • Skin Health & Nutrition (incl. nutraceuticals)
  • 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)
  • Skin Heath & Common Physiological Variants (dry/oil/sensitive skin)
  • Skin Pigmentation (in health & mild physiological variants)
  • Hair Follicle Immune System
  • Hair Pigmentation
  • Skin Aging (Part 1 & 2)
  • Hair Follicle Aging (incl. hair greying)
  • Hair Follicle Interaction with Light (UVR & visible light incl. blue light)
  • Skin Stem Cells
  • Skin Wound Healing
  • Hair Follicle Stem Cells
  • Hair Follicle & Wound Healing
  • Skin Microbiome
  • Skin in Personal Care / Cosmeceuticals
  • Hair Follicle Microbiome
  • Hair Follicle in Personal Care /Cosmeceuticals

Project Work / Work Experience / Exams
There will be a multiple-choice question (MCQ) based assessment (single correct answer) held at the end of the trimester, following a revision period. Assessment session will be based on lecture content. The exams will be e-proctored to ensure academic robustness. Students will need a device with integrated webcam and microphone for this.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding
Participants will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human skin and its appendages (principally the hair follicle and nail) and will enhance their knowledge of the scientific basis of skin function. They will also develop an understanding of the impact of skin and its appendages on our well-being.

On completion of the Professional Certificate, participants should have the following competencies:

  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of the biology of human skin
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of the human hair follicle (principally of the scalp)
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of the nail
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of skin aging
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of skin and hair follicle pigmentation
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of gender and geographic ancestry-related aspects of the skin and its appendages.
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of wound healing in the skin
  • Have a comprehensive introductory knowledge of skin and hair follicle stem cells
  • Appreciate the basics of skin and hair 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 experts in the field of skin and hair follicle science. The single assessment at the end of the trimester will evaluate the participant’s ability to contextualize their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The course puts assessment at the centre of learning, by incorporating an applied understanding of the topics including via problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based personal (non-medical) care.

On completion of this Professional Certificate in Skin and Hair Follicle Science we will expect the student to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the biology of skin and its associated appendages or adnexa
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how the skin and its appendages vary by age, gender, and geographic ancestry.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the skin and hair follicle responds in wound healing
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the basics of personal care to physiological or sub-clinical variations in the human skin and 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, so as to be able to separate fact from fiction.

On completion of the Professional Certificate participants should have the following competencies:

  • Critically appraise the current human skin and 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 human skin and hair follicle.
  • Evaluate personal learning and develop learning skills

Communication and Working Skills
On completion of this Professional Certificate in Skin and Hair Follicle Science we will expect the applicants to be able to:

  • Ensure that skin and hair 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
Students will receive an overall Pass/Fail mark at the end of the course. This course is set at Level 9 National Framework Qualification and is a special purpose 10-credit award.

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/postgraduate/professionalcertificateinskinhairfolliclescience/

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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