The EHRS has an international membership of scientists, dermatologists, and professionals working in academia, private practice and industry. The EHRS represents its members by promoting the pursuit of excellence and the dissemination of information regarding hair biology and encourages the scientific careers of young investigators. The EHRS does not test or endorse any products or services.


Founding members of the EHRS


Number of active EHRS members as of April 2024

Objectives of the EHRS

The EHRS serves as an advocate and resource for increasing public and government awareness of the needs for, and advances resulting from, hair research.

The EHRS supports and organizes meetings dedicated to the presentation of new research findings, exchange of information, education of its members, and the advancement of science.

The History of EHRS

The idea to create the first hair society was agreed in London April, 1989, and was soon followed by its formal constitution in Brussels November, 1989 with 39 founding members.

The original vision of the EHRS, to be an accessible forum established for the exchange of scientific information within the hair research community, remains strongly held today.

The EHRS has held meetings in many different European cities since the first meeting in Brussels in 1989. The hard work of successive local organising committees is reflected in the great success of the meetings and the long standing membership of several eminent scientists and clinicians working in Europe and beyond.

The relationship of the EHRS with partners from Industry has also been a strong and productive one, with members from Industry in the founder group. Companies recognise and value the EHRS meetings as an opportunity to link industrial and basic research to ensure translation from basic science into products and therapies that benefits patients and consumers. Many companies sponsor the meetings and exhibit their products to delegates. This, in turn, has enabled organisers to offer best value to delegates in terms of facilities and reduced fees for students.

Board Members

Board members are voted in by, and represent the members of the EHRS.


Dr. Claire Higgins

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7594 5826


Department of Bioengineering
Imperial College London
London SW7 2AZ, UK


Dr. Sergio Vano Galvan

Tel: + 34 91 431 78 61


Department of Dermatology
Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal
Madrid, Spain


Dr. Michela Starace

Tel: + 39 051 6364867


Department of Specialised Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine,
Università of Bologna
Bologna 40138, Italy

Dr. Maria Kasper

Stockholm, Sweden

Dr. Lidia Rudnicka

Warsaw, Poland

Dr. Andrey Panteleyev

Moscow, Russia

Dr. Yuval Ramot

Jerusalem, Israel

Honorary Members of the EHRS

The EHRS recognises that several members have contributed extensively to the EHRS throughout their careers. As such, it has awarded honorary membership to these deserving individuals.

Professor Valerie Randall

Professor Andrew Messenger

Dr Bruno Bernard

Professor Francisco Camacho

Professor Dominique Van Neste

More about past EHRS Presidents, Treasurers and Secretaries

Presidents of the EHRS

  • 1989 - 1991

    Prof. Rodney Dawber, Oxford, United Kingdom.

  • 1991 - 1992

    Prof. Antonella Tosti, Bologna, Italy.

  • 1992 - 1993

    Prof. Dominique Van Neste, Tournai, Belgium.

  • 1993 - 1994

    Prof. Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Berlin, Germany.

  • 1994 - 1996

    Prof. Roy Oliver, Dundee, Scotland.

  • 1996 - 1998

    Prof. Valerie Randall, United Kingdom.

  • 1999 - 2001

    Prof. Rudi Happle, Marburg, Germany.

  • 2001 - 2004

    Prof. Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Berlin, Germany.

  • 2004 - 2006

    Prof. Andrew Messenger, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

  • 2006 - 2008

    Prof. Rolf Hoffmann, Freiburg, Germany.

  • 2008 - 2011

    Prof. Ralph M. Trüeb, Zürich, Switzerland.

  • 2011 - 2014

    Dr. Gill Westgate, Bedford, United Kingdom.

  • 2014 - 2017

    Prof. Abraham Zlotogorski, Jerusalem, Israel.

  • 2017 - 2022

    Prof. Bianca Maria Piraccini, Bologna, Italy.

  • 2022 - current

    Dr Claire Higgins, London, United Kingdom

Secretaries of the EHRS

  • 1989 - 1992

    Prof. Dr. Dominique Van Neste, Tournai,Belgium.

  • 1992 - 1996

    Dr. Valerie Randall, Bradford, UnitedKingdom.

  • 1996 - 1998

    Prof. Dr. Rudi Happle, Marburg, Germany.

  • 1998 - 2001

    Dr. Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Berlin,Germany.

  • 2001 - 2006

    Prof. Dr. Rolf Hoffmann, Marburg,Germany.

  • 2006 - 2008

    Prof. Dr. Ralph Trueb, Zurich,Switzerland.

  • 2008 - 2011

    Dr. Gill Westgate, Bedford, United Kingdom.

  • 2011 - 2014

    Prof. Abraham Zlotogorski, Jerusalem, Israel.

  • 2014 - 2017

    Dr. Bianca Maria Piraccini, Bologna, Italy.

  • 2017 - 2022

    Dr. Claire Higgins, London, United Kingdom.

  • 2022 - current

    Dr Sergio Vano Galvan, Madrid, Spain

Treasurers of the EHRS

  • 1989 - 1997

    Dr. Bernadette de Brouwer, Tournai, Belgium.

  • 1998 - 2005

    Dr. Michael Philpott, London, United Kingdom.

  • 2005 - 2008

    Dr. Desmond Tobin, Bradford, United Kingdom.

  • 2008 - 2013

    Dr. Andrew J McDonagh, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

  • 2013 - 2018

    Dr. Nilofer Farjo, Manchester, United Kingdom.

  • 2018 - Present

    Dr. Michela Starace, Bologna, Italy