John Ebling Award

Each year since 1993 the EHRS sponsors a lecture in memory of the late John Ebling, an internationally renowned zoologist. This lecture was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Unilever 1993-2002 and Johnson & Johnson from 2008-2012.

John Ebling

1918 - 1992

A Professor of Zoology at the University of Sheffield from 1968 to 1983, and subsequently an Emeritus Professor of Dermatology. Dr. Ebling's hair research work was mainly devoted to understanding how hair growth and sebaceous gland activity is regulated, particularly the role of the endocrine system. As well as his interest in skin biology, he was also a marine biologist and a behavioural scientist.

Recipients of the John Ebling Award

  • 1993

    Roy F. Oliver, "Encounters of a nice kind – people, follicles and hair growth".

  • 1994

    Colin Jahoda, "Developmental biology - clues to hair follicle enigmas".

  • 1995

    William .J. Cunliffe, "The sebaceous gland: its physiological and pathological role".

  • 1996

    George Rogers, "The role of wool research, past and present in hair research".

  • 1998

    Lawrence Pinto, "Identification of the genes involved in complex biological systems: What we have learned from the genetic molecular analysis of circadian rhythms".

  • 1999

    George Cotsarelis, "Hair follicle stem cells".

  • 2000

    Cheng-Ming Chuong, "Events during skin appendage development".

  • 2002

    Rodney P.R. Dawber, "Hair between the lines".

  • 2003

    Francisco M. Camacho-Martinez, "From Montagna to 2003".

  • 2004

    Rudy Happle, "The hair in clinical genetics".

  • 2005

    Jurgen Schweizer, "Keratins of the Human Hair Follicle".

  • 2006

    Fiona Watt, "Generating new hair follicles in adult epidermis".

  • 2007

    Hans Clevers, "Wnt and Notch signaling pathways in development and cancer of the gut".

  • 2008

    John Sundberg, "To B6 and to be bald: Updates on cicatricial alopecias revealed by laboratory mice".

  • 2009

    Kurt Stenn, Bioengineering the hair follicle: paradigm and paradox“.

  • 2010

    Ralf Paus, "Neuroendocrinology of the hair follicle: A hitchhiker's guide through the skin galaxy”.

  • 2011

    Desmond Tobin, "The hair follicle melanocyte - A reporter cell for some of the hair follicle‘s wows and woes".

  • 2012

    Angela Christiano, "Genetic basis of structural hair disorders".

  • 2013

    Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, "The hair follicle: Root of the future”.

  • 2015

    Mike P. Philpott, "Hairs to hedgehogs: From in vitro modeling of the human hair follicle to basal cell carcinoma“.

  • 2016

    Jerry Shapiro, "Trichologic medicine over three decades: My journey in an academic setting“

  • 2017

    Andrew Messenger, "Hair research: clues from the clinic".

  • 2018

    Antonella Tosti, ‘The value of hair’

  • 2019

    Valerie Randall, “Sex and Drugs and Human Hair Growth”

  • 2022

    Abraham Zlotogorski, "My way on Hair"

Jurgen Schweizer Prize

The EHRS launched a new award in 2008 for the best basic research presentation at an Annual EHRS Meeting in honor of Professor Jürgen Schweizer, who has made an enormous contribution to the cutaneous research field with his singular work on human hair follicle-associated keratins. This award was supported from 2008-2013, and from 2018 onwards by an educational grant from L’Oreal.

Recipients of the Jürgen Schweizer Award

  • 2008

    Viljar Jaks, “Lgr5 marks dynamic hair follicle stem cells”

  • 2009

    Felix Brockschmidt, “Genetics of Male Pattern Androgenetic Alopecia”

  • 2010

    Claire Higgins, “Generation of induced pluripotent stem cells by reprogramming human dermal papilla cells”

  • 2011

    Maria Kaspar, “Wounding reprograms hair follicle stem cell progency and promotes tumorigenesis”

  • 2012

    Natalia Botchkareva, “MicroRNA-214 controls skin and hair follicle development via modulating the activity of Wnt and BMP signaling pathways”

  • 2013

    Lynn Petukhova, “Functional Genomics and Next Generation Sequencing Points to ULBP6 as a critical node in the NKG2D axis in alopecia areata”

  • 2018

    Lara Hochfeld, “Insights into male pattern baldness: differential gene expression profiling of plucked hair follicles and integration with genetic association data”

  • 2019

    Joy Ng, "Sox2 in the dermal papilla regulates hair follicle pigmentation"

Travel Grants

The EHRS Board awards travel grants to support early career scientists and clinicians to attend our conferences. Information about previous recipients can be found on the past conference pages.


EHRS Travel Grants 2022

The European Hair Research Society (EHRS) Board awards travel grants to support early career scientists and clinicians to attend our conferences. This year, for the First Barcelona Hair Meeting, 29th September – 1st October, the EHRS is offering travel grants to facilitate attendance at the meeting. Grants are awarded to encourage attendance by younger investigators, who are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation at the meeting. The grant of 500 Euros is designed to help cover the applicants’ travel, hotel and/or other expenses. The EHRS will also provide complimentary conference registration to travel grant winners.


This year we have 10 grants available.  Of these, 5 will preferentially be awarded to Ukrainian Hair Research Society members.


Information for Applicants

  • Young investigators working in Europe are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will go to those in early career scientific and clinical positions (including but not limited to undergraduates, PhD students, residents, 1st/2nd year postdoctoral scientists) who demonstrate financial need.
  • If the applicant is not currently a member of the EHRS, membership fees will be deducted from the awarded amount.
  • Awards will be conditional on the abstract being accepted by the meeting organizers.
  • The deadline to apply for an EHRS Travel Grant is 5pm UK time on May 16th Please do not leave until the last minute to prepare and submit your application. NB The abstract deadline is May 15th 2022.

Submit your abstract at the following web link: First Barcelona Hair MeetingPlease do NOT register for the meeting.  If you are awarded a travel grant, we will organise registration on your behalf.  If you are not awarded a travel grant, assuming you have submitted an abstract you can register at the reduced registration rate up until September 1st.


Submit your travel grant application by emailing Yuval Ramot <>with the required documents.


The awards will be decided by the EHRS board and notification will be confirmed by email by May 30th 2022.


The EHRS Secretary will announce the successful grant recipients during the General Assembly on Friday September 30th 2022. Awardees are requested to attend the General Assembly to receive their certificates.


Applications process Please submit the following documents compiled into A SINGLE PDF to with ‘EHRS2022 Travel Grant’ written in the subject line.


  1. A short letter (200 words) explaining why this candidate is eligible and entitled for this grant. If you are a UHRS member please indicate this within this letter.
  2. A copy of the submitted abstract indicating if it is submitted for an oral/poster presentation.
  3. Short Curriculum Vitae (2pg max).
  4. A supporting letter from the candidate’s supervisor.


Collaboration Grants

Starting as a new initiative in 2018, the EHRS now gives travel grants worth £2000 to its members wishing to establish collaborations with other members. Information about the next round of collaboration grants will be posted on the website in March 2020.


Collaboration Grant Recipients 2019

In 2019, two individuals were awarded collaboration grants. Outputs arising from these collaborations will be presented at the EHRS2020.

  • Ophelia Veraitch from University College London, UK, who will visit Bianca Maria Piraccini and Michela Starace at the University of Bologna, Italy.
  • Andrew Schulz from Georgia Tech, USA, who will visit Claire Higgins at Imperial College London, UK.