This year, the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting hosted in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (ISHRS is now the biggest and worldwide recognized forum for doctors committed to hair restoration surgery). During 4 days the spacious halls of luxurious Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel were the venue for the sessions devoted to the latest trends in this field of medicine. The day before, i.e. September 2, the ISHRS board meeting took place which Jerzy Kolasiński, MD, also participated in. One of the most important decisions undertaken was that it would be Poznan which would host the ISHRS workshops next year. They will be organized on July 17-19, 2009 and will focus mainly on the causes and the process of balding in women. It is a huge challenge for the Kolasinski Clinic team especially when we take into consideration the fact that many doctors from the entire world have already signed up for it.
The following day, September 3, the Global Council of HRS Societes Meeting was organized. It was the meeting of the presidents of particular societies of hair restoration surgery from the entire world. The Polish Society was represented by Małgorzata Kolenda, MD (present president of the Polish Society) and Jerzy Kolasiński MD (its former president). The meeting participants exchanged their experience in terms of particular Societies’ activities in different parts of the world.
On Thursday, September 4, the session started. The first important event was a general assembly of the ISHRS during which a new board was elected. It is a pleasure to inform you that Jerzy Kolasiński won second term. The following days were abundant in lectures, reports, panel discussions, courses and presentations of the patients. They confirmed a huge progress which had been made in terms of hair restoration surgery in recent years. A full coverage of this event can be found on the first page. Dr Kolasiński was also a lecturer. He provided a course on extremelly difficult cases of alopecia, and one of the most interesting plenary sessions on the comparison and contrast of the two basic methods of hair transplants extraction, namely strip technique and FUE. He also presented his research paper on the application of the Trichoscan technique in the process of evaluation of the donor area. The paper aroused a huge interest the result of which was a proposal made by Walter Unger, MD, who asked dr Kolasiński to write a chapter on the evaluation of the donor area in the latest edition of the book titled Hair Transplantation.
The Society’s Annual Meeting was accompanied by numerous get-togethers which are the best way to integrate the medical world. The whole event ended with a formal banquet during which many prizes and honorable mentions were awarded. On saying goodbye, the following day, everybody wished to see each other next year, in Amsterdam (the venue of the next ISHRS assembly) , and in Poznan at the next year’s ISHRS workshops.