We are delighted to share the news that Dr Christos Tziotzios, Consultant Dermatologist and Senior Lecturer at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ has recently been awarded the prestigious Wycombe Prize by the British Association of Dermatologists. The award was presented to Dr Tziotzios in recognition of his research into frontal fibrosing alopecia, a relatively new disease which is becoming increasingly common. This research provides new scientific insight into what causes the condition at a genetic level whilst also providing the opportunity to identify risk-predictors and new treatment targets.

The British Association of Dermatologists is the professional membership body for dermatologists in the UK, representing over 2,400 members. In their work to advocate dermatology in the UK, they develop educational content and courses, and support and publish dermatology research. Additionally, the association also hold dermatology events and conferences, promote innovation in dermatology care, and engage with decision-makers and stakeholders within the both the dermatology and wider health communities.

The Wycombe Prize is awarded to one of its members every two years for their outstanding contribution to dermatology. Nominees are assessed on research that has been published within the previous three years, based on work undertaken at a hospital either in the UK or Ireland. The prize includes The Wycombe Chair, a boxed silver miniature replica of a Windsor chair, which is held by the winner for the duration of their tenure.

Upon receiving the Wycombe Prize, Dr Tziotzios said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive this award as recognition for our focused research efforts into alopecia. Alopecia is an illness of profound impact for patients and for which so little has been done to date, especially in comparison to other skin diseases. The award means a lot to all our patient participants, who have so enthusiastically engaged and helped with our research. We are continuing to work on frontal fibrosing alopecia with help from Alopecia UK, the British Skin Foundation and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, in collaboration with an extensive network of colleague clinicians across the UK, but also Spain, Italy, Germany and Greece.”

In addition to his ongoing genetic and translational research into frontal fibrosing alopecia, with ongoing support via an academic grant from Pfizer UK Dr Tziotzios is now engaged in a study about an autoimmune form of alopecia known as alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is a type of alopecia caused by the immune system attacking the hair follicle, which leads to hair loss that can affect the entire scalp or whole body. Dr Tziotzios has set up the ‘Alopecia+me’ study to examine the impact of alopecia areata and what it means for patients, and help with this study from those live with the condition will be key to accomplishing this.

If you would like to take part in the ‘Alopecia + me’ study, then please visit the trial website.

Huge congratulations to Dr Tziotzios for receiving the well-deserved Wycombe Prize, and we look forward to seeing the results of his ongoing research into alopecia.