Section of a human hair follicle bulb


The Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society aims to foster hair science through communication amongst Australian and New Zealand hair researchers, dermatologists and wool biologists.

The Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1996 to promote the scientific study of all aspects of hair, including its growth within the skin, structure, genetics, and disorders. The society provides a forum for interaction between doctors treating patients with diseases of the hair and scalp and scientists working in the field of hair and wool research. Hairs of the human scalp and wool grown by sheep have a common fundamental biology. Furthermore, humans and sheep share some peculiarities in regard to hair, for example, the comparatively prolonged growing phase of the hair cycle resulting in long, uniform, roughly cylindrical fibres. Thus, advances made in basic hair research can be relevant to applications in medicine, or hair care or the wool industry. Australia and New Zealand have a long and proud history of achievement in the scientific study of wool which has contributed to the foundation for our current knowledge of hair biology and structure. The AHWRS was established to continue this tradition and to enhance the understanding and clinical treatment of diseases of the hair and scalp.