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CIHR Skin Research Training Centre
Core Mentors: Dr. Jerry Shapiro
Jerry Shapiro, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia
President, the Canadian Hair Research Foundation
Director, the Hair Clinic, University of British Columbia
Member, the American Academy of Dermatology, Canadian Dermatology Association, and the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

835 West 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E8
Tel: 604-875-4747
Fax: 604 873-9919
Website: http://www.skincarecentre.ca/about_us/doctors/jerry_shapiro.htm
Email: jerry.shapiro@ubc.ca


1973-1976 BSc. (Honours), McGill University
1977-1981 MD, McGill University
1981-1982 Internship Medicine, McMaster University
1982-1985 Residency Dermatology, University of British Columbia   

Awards and honors

1973-1978 J.W. McConnell Scholarship Winner - McGill University
1976 Medical Research Council of Canada Scholarship
1997 Donald M. Whitelaw Award for Outstanding Grand Rounds Presentation
2003 The CDF Lecturer for 2003, Canadian Dermatology Foundation, Hair Biology
2006 Bringing Clinical Renown to VA Award, Members of the Medical Dental & Allied Staff of Vancouver Acute, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Grant Support

National Alopecia Areata Foundation
Canadian Dermatology Foundation
DUSA Pharmaceutical
Hoechst Marion Roussel Canada Research Inc.
National Institute of Health, National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, Bethesda, MD
Merck Medical School Grant
QLT PhotoTherapeutics Inc.
Proctor and Gamble
Shiseido (Tokyo, Japan)
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
Canadian Hair Research Foundation
Galderma Canada
North American Hair Research Society
Canadian Institute of Health Research

Research interest

Professor Shapiro's three main professional goals have always been, since the start of his career, patient care, research and education. Dr. Shapiro is the founder of the first comprehensive integrated medical and surgical hair clinic in the world. His hair clinics are one of the busiest, if not the busiest, in the world. He has trained over thirty international hair fellows from four continents.
His major interests include basic science hair biology, alopecia areata, cicatricial alopecia,androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, and all other forms of hair loss as well as hypertrichosis/hirsutism (too much hair in women) and primary scalp skin disorders.
He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers including a review in the New England Journal of Medicine, 15 book chapters, and two books. He has lectured internationally on hair-related topics on 173 occasions on 6 continents.  

Selected recent publications

  1. Yu M, Kissling S, Freyschmidt-Paul P, Hoffmann R, Shapiro J, McElwee KJ. Interleukin-6 cytokine family member oncostatin M is a hair-follicle-expressed factor with hair growth inhibitory properties. Exp Dermatol 2008 Jan;17(1):12-9.
  2. Buckley C, Hoffmann V, Shapiro J, Saari S, Cambazard F, Milsgaard M. Calcipotriol plus betamethasone dipropionate scalp formulation is effective and well tolerated in the treatment of scalp psoriasis: a phase II study. Dermatology. 2008;217(2):107-13.
  3. Otberg N, Wu WY, McElwee KJ, Shapiro J. Diagnosis and management of primary cicatricial alopecia: part I. Skinmed 2008 Jan-Feb;7(1):19-26.
  4. Wu WY, Otberg N, McElwee KJ, Shapiro J. Diagnosis and management of primary cicatricial alopecia: part II. Skinmed. 2008 Mar-Apr;7(2):78-83.
  5. Martin KA, Chang RJ, Ehrmann DA, Ibanez L, Lobo RA, Rosenfield RL, et al. Evaluation and treatment of hirsutism in premenopausal women: an endocrine society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008 Apr;93(4):1105-20.
  6. Yu M, Zloty D, Cowan B, Shapiro J, Haegert A, Bell RH, et al. Superficial, nodular, and morpheiform basal-cell carcinomas exhibit distinct gene expression profiles. J Invest Dermatol. 2008 Jul;128(7):1797-805.
  7. Kang H, Alzolibani AA, Otberg N, Shapiro J. Lichen planopilaris. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jul-Aug;21(4):249-56.
  8. Otberg N, Kang H, Alzolibani AA, Shapiro J. Folliculitis decalvans. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jul-Aug;21(4):238-44.
  9. Shapiro J. Cicatricial alopecias. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jul-Aug;21(4):211.
  10. Finner AM, Otberg N, Shapiro J. Secondary cicatricial and other permanent alopecias. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jul-Aug;21(4):279-94.
  11. Olsen EA, Callender V, Sperling L, McMichael A, Anstrom KJ, Bergfeld W, et al. Central scalp alopecia photographic scale in African American women. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jul-Aug;21(4):264-7.
  12. Alzolibani AA, Kang H, Otberg N, Shapiro J. Pseudopelade of Brocq. Dermatol Ther. 2008 Jul-Aug;21(4):257-63.
  13. Zhang J, Adam DN, Stebbing E, Gerbrandt J, Lui H, Shapiro J, et al. Efficacy of a day-care program in the treatment of psoriasis. J Cutan Med Surg. 2008 Sep-Oct;12(5):211-6.
  14. Zhang X, Yu M, Yu W, Weinberg J, Shapiro J, McElwee KJ. Development of alopecia areata is associated with higher central and peripheral hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal tone in the skin graft induced C3H/HeJ mouse model. J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Jun;129(6):1527-38.
  15. Alsantali A, Shapiro J. Androgens and hair loss. Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2009 Jun;16(3):246-53.
  16. Hemmati I, Otberg N, Martinka M, Alzolibani A, Restrepo I, Shapiro J. Discoid lupus erythematosus presenting with cysts, comedones, and cicatricial alopecia on the scalp. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Jun;60(6):1070-2.
  17. Restrepo I, Otberg N, McElwee K, Shapiro J. Two sisters, two different hair shaft abnormalities. Br J Dermatol. 2009 Aug;161(2):479-80.
  18. Wu WY, Otberg N, Kang H, Zanet L, Shapiro J. Successful treatment of temporal triangular alopecia by hair restoration surgery using follicular unit transplantation. Dermatol Surg. 2009 Aug;35(8):1307-10.
  19. Calderon P, Otberg N, Shapiro J. Uncombable hair syndrome. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2009 Sep;61(3):512-5.
  20. Alsantali A, Shapiro J. Management of hirsutism. Skin Therapy Lett. 2009 Sep;14(7):1-3.
  21. Otberg N, Wu WY, Kang H, Martinka M, Alzolibani AA, Restrepo I, et al. Folliculitis decalvans developing 20 years after hair restoration surgery in punch grafts: case report. Dermatol Surg. 2009 Nov;35(11):1852-6
  22. Blume-Peytavi U, Atkin S, Shapiro J, Lavery S, Grimalt R, Hoffmann R, et al. European Consensus on the evaluation of women presenting with excessive hair growth. Eur J Dermatol. 2009 Nov-Dec;19(6):597-602.
  23. Strober BE, Menon K, McMichael A, Hordinsky M, Krueger G, Panko J, et al. Alefacept for severe alopecia areata: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Arch Dermatol. 2009 Nov;145(11):1262-6.
  24. Hamilton T, Otberg N, Wu WY, Martinka M, Shapiro J. Successful hair re-growth with multimodal treatment of early cicatricial alopecia in discoid lupus erythematosus. Acta Derm Venereol. 2009;89(4):417-8.
  25. Yu M, Bell RH, Ross EK, Lo BK, Isaac-Renton M, Martinka M, et al. Lichen planopilaris and pseudopelade of Brocq involve distinct disease associated gene expression patterns by microarray. J Dermatol Sci. 2010 Jan;57(1):27-36.
  26. Alkhalifah A, Alsantali A, Wang E, McElwee KJ, Shapiro J. Alopecia areata update: part II. Treatment. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Feb;62(2):191-202, quiz 3-4.
  27. Alkhalifah A, Alsantali A, Wang E, McElwee KJ, Shapiro J. Alopecia areata update: part I. Clinical picture, histopathology, and pathogenesis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Feb;62(2):177-88, quiz 89-90.
  28. Lo BK, Yu M, Zloty D, Cowan B, Shapiro J, McElwee KJ. CXCR3/Ligands are significantly involved in the tumorigenesis of basal cell carcinomas. Am J Pathol. 2010 May;176(5):2435-46.
  29. Kang H, Wu WY, Lo BK, Yu M, Leung G, Shapiro J, et al. Hair follicles from alopecia areata patients exhibit alterations in immune privilege-associated gene expression in advance of hair loss. J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Nov;130(11):2677-80.
  30. Aubert J, Reiniche P, Fogel P, Poulin Y, Lui H, Lynde C, et al. Gene expression profiling in psoriatic scalp hair follicles: clobetasol propionate shampoo 0.05% normalizes psoriasis disease markers. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2010 Nov;24(11):1304-11.
  31. Olsen EA, Callender V, McMichael A, Sperling L, Anstrom KJ, Shapiro J, et al. Central hair loss in African American women: Incidence and potential risk factors. J Am Acad Dermatol. Epub 2010 Nov 12.
  32. Monselise A, Chan L, Shapiro J. Break dancing: A new risk factor for scarring hair loss. J Cutan Med Surg 2011; Vol 15, No. 3 (May/June): pp. 177-179.
  33. Lo BKK, Jalili RB, Zloty, Ghahary A, Cowan B, Dutz JP, Carr N, SHAPIRO J, McElwee KJ. CXCR3 ligands promote expression of functional indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase in basal cell cacinoma keratinocytes. Brit J Dermatol 2011, 165, 1030-1036.

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