Institute of Trichologists Research Partnership

Annual Psychodermatology UK January 2019, St Thomas Hospital, London
Thursday 24th January 2019

Board member Lisa Gilbey MIT and Clinical Tutor Stephanie Moore AIT attended this annual event at the Governor’s Hall at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London along with many dermatologists, psychiatrists and other medical professionals.

The event was hosted by well-respected dermatologists Dr Janet Angus, Dr Susannah Baron and Dr Tony Bewley where the psychological element of patients suffering with many different forms of cutaneous disorders like eczema and psoriasis, additional to hair related alopecia areata and trichotillomania were discussed.

The objective of this event is for lecturers to share their research into the psychological impact on skin and hair disorders of their consented patients. They disclosed their data of how and what treatment methods they have been implying to improve the psychological wellbeing for these patients.

One particular support group “The Eczema Outreach Support Programme” informed us about their Scottish organisation expanding out to help others in the rest of the UK last September 2018.

The EOS offers support and advice for children, teenagers and families going through their daily routines such as school and social events with this chronic condition. For more information on EOS or if you want to become a member please visit

Many sponsors at this event were able to share details of their new skin products such as their prescription only medication (POM) psoriasis treatments. Sponsors of the day included many pharmaceutical companies: Abbvie, Almirall, Celgene, CeraVe/La Roche Posay, Janssenn-Cilaag, Leo, Novartis and Sanofi.

Annual Psychodermatology UK Seminar at the Royal College of Physicians, London

Thursday 26th January 2017

Board Members Anita Ashcroft, Tracey Walker, Deborah Heal, Lisa Gilbey and former Vice Chair Barbara Kemp attended this annual event at this prestigious venue.

Many of today’s lectures were about the psychology side of patients experiencing many skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It was noted that one-third of all dermatology appointments are of psychological needs due to their condition and the way it affects their quality of daily life. Of course, budget is a problem across the country as not everywhere can provide a Psychodermatology clinic to help patients with this side of their condition. Treatments such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven to help people with their feelings on dealing with the conditions they suffer from. Nicola Salmon was one of the lecturers and explained how she is setting up a Psychodermatology clinic in Edinburgh.

Lecturers Jon Goulding, Richard Jerrom, Helen Mortimer, Maria- Angeliki Gkini and Joao Machado Nogueira (travelled from Portugal) all gave case histories and how they helped their patients with Delusional Infestation. They shared the different ways that they helped treat this condition for each of their patients.

Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy at Changing Faces shared with us the charity’s new online psychosocial training module to improve the knowledge and confidence of health care professionals working with patients with skin conditions. Changing Faces supports children, young people and adults with disfigurements. They encourage everyone that they can live life to the full and face disfigurement with confidence. A survey has been produced to investigate all aspects of living with a condition, mark or scar that affects their appearance.

Additional to the lectures, the IOT had opportunity to network with the trading stands, enquiring about new products or medications to help patients suffering with skincare problems. Stands included; Neutrogena with their skincare range, Mirvaso for acne treatment, Soolantra for rosacea, Sterlara for arthritic psoriasis and Cetraben. Otezla also attended, introducing their oral medication for psoriasis sufferers, changing the way they can treat the condition. This POM oral medication will be suitable for adult patients who failed to respond to, or have contraindications, or are intolerant to previous treatments such as cyclosporine, methotrexate or psoralen and PUVA. It also stated that it sustained efficacy in psoriasis to include pruritis, nail and scalp disease and quality of life.

First Grey Hair Gene is Discovered

March 2016

The Institute of Trichologists’ Vice President Professor Tobin recently collaborated in an international study that reported on the discovery of several genes associated with hair traits, including the first grey hair gene.

The study was lead by UCL and Professor Tobin’s collaborative research was carried out at The University of Bradford.

The finding of the IRF4 gene variation responsible for grey hair that was associated with greying hair reveals for the first time that grey hair has a genetic component additional to environmental factors. IRF4 is associated with the storing and regulation of melanin, the colour pigment responsible for hair, skin and eye colour.

The cessation of melanin is what causes hair to grey, therefore scientists can now investigate the IRF4’s role of this. More knowledge could lead to developing new cosmetic applications that could alter the appearance of a growing hair in the follicle by slowing down or blocking the greying process of the hair.

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Results of the Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership

November 2015

The Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership commenced in January 2014.

Members of the public , The Institute of Trichologists’ Members and allied healthcare professionals were invited to complete an online survey.

The results of the survey can be found on the Alopecia UK’s website:

Psychodermatology Seminar at the Royal College of Physicians

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Board Members Barbara Kemp (Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of External Relations), Tracey Walker (CEO of Education), Lisa Gilbey (Administrative Director) and Dr Ingrid Wilson recently attended the Psychodermatology seminar.

There were many informative lecturers ranging from Dermatologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Gynaecologists, Endocrinologists and General Practitioners.

During the breaks we used the opportunity to introduce ourselves as the representatives of the Institute of Trichologists to the officers of The Psoriasis Association, Changing Faces Charity and to the representatives of all the pharmaceutical companies and to as many delegates as possible.

I could write about many of the informative lectures we heard on this seminar, but here a few most related to trichology.

Mrs Elizabeth Allen, a Trustee of the British Association of Skin Camouflage is an experienced and passionate lecturer. She has lectured for our students and for our Institute of Trichologists CPD seminar in Central London and for other allied societies.

Speaking at this event today, she expressed the language that some medical practitioners utilise during their consultations with patients.

The choice of words used can so often be misinterpreted, misleading or confusing to patients especially when diagnosing and giving a prognosis of a condition.

She encouraged the health professional to view things from a patient’s perspective and encouraged everyone to be aware of the need to consider the choice of words we use and their appropriateness for the situation.

Dr Lynne M Drummond is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer with South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust since 1985. She has an incredible wealth of knowledge pertaining to severe Obsessive-Compulsive and Body Dysmorphic Disorders (OCD/BDD). She is a highly respected author, lecturer and has appeared on television programmes speaking about anxiety disorders and how she treats patients with cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT).

Dr Drummond co-incidentally has also lectured to The Institute of Trichologists’ Members and students at an annual CPD seminar day about the subject that she is so passionate about.

Dr Drummond discussed Body Dysmorphic Disorder which accounts for approximately 2-3 % of the adult population and is a serious, common condition that needs medical attention to reduce anxieties. She gave us an insight into how they diagnose an individual with BDD and how they use CBT to help the patient into a better state of mind in helping them to get better.

We, as Trichologists,will of course be aware that mental health is such an important area to recognise especially if deep anxieties need to be addressed.

Referring patients in the first instance to the G.P for referral on to the appropriately qualified medical practitioner is acting in the best interests of the welfare of our patients.

Dr Susannah Baron is a Consultant Dermatologist specialising in many areas of dermatology. She is a lead for paediatric dermatology at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital where she employs a holistic approach to treatments, understanding the huge impact skin conditions have on peoples’ lives. She sometimes combines treating some skin complaints with her medical hypnotherapy diploma.

The lecture gave us an insight into hypnotherapy for treating adults and children with moderate to severe atopic eczema. Very interestingly, this was a pilot study as she wanted to help to alleviate the symptoms of this chronic condition.

She presented us with clinical cases where she altered the patient’s state of consciousness.

One of the results of the study revealed that the patients were not scratching as much at night, which in itself was hugely beneficial for the patient in reducing excoriations, soreness and sleep disturbances.

She therefore elaborated on the fact that she could reduce the itch-scratch cycle that helped with some relief of this long term, difficult and distressing condition.

Lisa Gilbey MIT

September 2014

The Institute of Trichologists are a partner to The Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership and are supporting the facilitation of this process in order to help identify the top 10 priorities, which will help to further research in to hair loss in the future

  • Have you ever had a question about the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of hair loss (alopecia) and not been able to find out the answer?
  • Are there aspects of hair loss which you feel could benefit from research?
  • If so, please take part in the Hair Loss Priority Setting Partnership Survey.

The survey is open from Monday 8th September until Friday 31st October*. Whether you have hair loss yourself, care for someone with hair loss or treat people with hair loss, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard and your opinion count. Get involved and help shape the direction of future research into hair loss. The survey can be found by following the link

*This survey is now closed.