06.02.2017 16:25

Grand Round Conference at the Department of Dermatology , Universidade Federal Fluminense, Centro de Ciências Médicas, Hospital Universitário Antonia Pedro, Niterói – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 15, 2016

Personal Note of Appreciation

Upon instigation of Professor Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni Dias, M.D., Ph.D., from Niterói, Brazil, I was invited as guest lecturer.

Arrival at Rio de Janeiro International Airport




At Universidade Federal Fluminense, Hospital Universitário Antonia Pedro reception desk



Welcome address of Dr. Simone de Abreu Neves Salles, MD, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Universidade Federal Fluminense and President of the Fluminense Society of Dermatology at Niterói


Despite the obstacles of a recently broken right forearm, a current strike at Lufthansa Airlines, and a thunderstorm over Rio de Janeiro, my commitment to my Brazilian friends, and the moral support of Fernanda, made it possible for me to visit and share with the residents and faculty of the University Hospital, as well as peers from Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo, my opinions on „Prerequisites for Successful Investigations into Hair Loss“ at the University Hospital in the morning, and on „(How I Treat) The Difficult Hair Loss Patient“ at the H Niterói Hotel in the evening.


With Prof. Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, at the University Hospital after lecture on “Prerequisites for Successful Investigations into Hair Loss“




Lecture at the H Niterói Hotel on the “Difficult Hair Loss Patient”







Receiving plaque of recognition from Universidade Federal Fluminense, Serviço de Dermatologia, from representatives Prof. Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, and Dr. Dandara Missio, MD


Fernanda and her enthusiasm are to be commended for the excellent organization of a successful and unforgettable 1-day course on alopecia. Thanks to her passion and that of her invited speakers, including my former Dermato-Trichology trainee (August 2 through 31, 2013) Dr. Andréia Munck, MD, and Dr. Gabriela Juncá, MD, as well as the choice of the topics, the event excelled both in terms of originality and of practical relevance over all commonplace tutorials on hair usually held at the conventional international Dermatology meetings.


Dr. Andréia Munck, MD, from São Paulo, demonstrating real life performance of trichogram procedure


Projection of embedding of epilated hair probe




Microscopic hair root forms (anagen, catagen, telogen)




Also Biolab Farmacêutica is to be acknowledged for its dedication in providing the catering and technical equipment for the event. To the leader in the Brazilianprescription drug market, health and life quality are indispensable for the individual to realize a fulfilled life by virtue of his own strength. Therefore,Biolab commits itself to the research and development, and production and commercialization of respective pharmaceutics, also for hair growth and quality. 

Finally, Niterói was the ideal venue chosen, lying across the Guanabara Bay facing the city of Rio de Janeiro with an extended view on all of its attractions,such as the Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar), the Corovado mountain with the art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), andFort Copacabana, to name but a few. At the same time, the municipality has been classified as the richest city of Brazil, reflecting in its demographics,economy, education, and boasting numerable notable people in the fields of music, show business, sports, and politics.


Spectacular view on Rio de Janeiro from Niterói



With Fernanda Gavazzoni at the Confeitería Colombo in Rio de Janeiro for coffee and traditional Brazilian brigadeiros


In conclusion, I can only hook up with Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) who on the occasion of his exile 1940-1942 in Petrópolis from intolerance, authoritarianism, and Nazism in his European homeland, said of his host land Brazil and its people: “I've never beheld such a paradise. The people are enchanting…“. Indeed, „On the eighth day“, say the locals, „God created Rio“ – and it’s hard to disagree. It’s a city where luxuriant rainforests, soft beaches, and monolithic cartoon-like mountains combine to form one of the most distinctive landscapes of the world, with breathtaking views, while the people are patient, warm and accepting, less self-centered as in other cultures and therefore more connected to the world.



Monolithic cartoon-like mountain: Pedra do Elefante Itaipuaçu reminiscent of a reclining elephant



Dinner at trendy restaurant with residents and faculty of the Department of Dermatology of the Universidade Federal Fluminense



13.12.2016 22:15

12th Pan-Hellenic Congress of Dermatology and Venereology, Athens, Greece, November 3-6, 2016


Professor Trüeb at the congress venue in the Athens Hilton Hotel, Greece.



Congress President Professor Dimitrios Rigopoulos’ welcome address at the congress opening ceremony


Prof. Trüeb giving lecture on “Rational basis of multi-targeted and individualized treatment for alopecia”.


Professors Dimitrios Ioannides from Thessaloniki and Dimitrios Rigopoulos from Athens chairing the session.


At Speakers’ Dinner in trendy Athenian restaurant with Professors Rigopoulos and Ioannides.


The Acropolis of Athens located on an extremely rocky outcrop above the city contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historical significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Sightseeing opportunity of the cultural heritage of the Greek people was kindly provided by the congress organization.


Marble votive relief depicting the various phases in the curing of a patient (400-350 BC). Found in the sanctuary of Amphiaraos at Oropos. The shape of a temple, and the panel on a tall base in the background denote the sanctity of the area in which the healing events are taking place.


Fragment of a wall-painting depicting a female figure, the “Mycenaean Lady”, participating in a procession. Her elegant head is shown in profile, while her intricate hairstyle and rich jewellery are striking.


Ivory comb with two rows of sphinxes and a rosette in the middle. Both, wall painting and comb, are exhibited at the Athens National Archaeological Museum, underlining the significance of hair and hair style in Ancient Greek culture.


13.12.2016 21:45

Visit of Dr. Pedro Colli, M.D., from Department of Dermatology and Radiotherapy, Paulista State University, UNESP, Botucatu Medical School, São Paulo, Brazil, for traineeship in Dermato-Trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases, November 1st through 25th 2016


Testimonial
"Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality" (Dalai Lama XIV)

"One year would not be enough to learn all Professor Trüeb has to share from his beautiful mind. And I’m not talking about Dermatology, because in this case, one life perhaps could fit. Thank you Professor Trüeb for all your patience and for your beautiful gift of teaching. Spending time with someone eager about learning is definitely heavenly. Thank you for the countless laughs and for your great sense of humor. My appointments with the patients will never be the same! Of course, nothing would be possible without patients, so here goes my huge thankfulness to them.  My best wishes to your team, Dr. Antonia Fellas, Marija, Danijela, and Biella, who treated me as if I were a member of this select group. I hope meeting you soon again. PS: Give a delicious cookie to Paco (Professor Trüeb’s pet pug) for me today." (Dr. Pedro Colli)


Dr. Pedro Colli performing intralesional triamcinolone acetonide injection in patient with alopecia areata.



Receiving certificate from Professor Trüeb after successful traineeship in Dermato-Trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases.


Tasting Swiss cheese fondue at traditional restaurant “Le Dézaley” in Zurich.



At “Le Dézaley” (from left to right) with: Danijela Miscovic, Antonia Fellas, Marija Berisha.


Zurich Opera lit up in festive red colour for the Christmas market during the Advent.

At the opening of the Christmas market on the Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich on the occasion of the time of Advent (with Marija and Danijela): “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”


29.09.2016 12:05

6th Lisbon Trichology Symposium, 23rd/24th September 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

View on the congress venue at Parque das Nações at the eastern end of Lisbon‘s waterfront from the cable car. The futuristic architecture is a stark contrast to Lisbon's old quarters. Built by innovative architects for the World Fair in 1998, the Fair was special for hosting a record of 130 countries, being the 100th international exhibition since the Great Exhibition of London in 1851, and coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama's arrival in India. When the Fair was over, the new urban district was dubbed Park of Nations, and is now one of the largest urban re-development projects in Europe. The location offered the appropriate setting for Professor Trüeb’s concluding lecture on „Future of Trichology“ at the finale of the 6th Lisbon Trichology Symposium. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.“ (Abraham Lincoln).

Giving lecture on „Future of Trichology“ at 6th Trichology Symposium: “The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.“  (Ludwig Wittgenstein)
With international colleagues in the quest for excellence in clinical Trichology and invited speakers (from left to right): Laila El Shabrawi, MD, from Graz,  Austria, Bianca Maria Piraccini, MD, from Bologna, Italy, Lidia Rudnicka, MD, PhD, from Warsaw, Poland, and Pascal Reygagne, MD, from Paris, France. “Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.“ (Ludwig Wittgenstein).






16.08.2016 23:25

25. Fortbildungswoche für praktische Dermatologie und Venerologie, München, 23. – 29. Juli 2016 Mittagsseminar: „Haarsprechstunde: Erfahrungen aus der Praxis“


Professor Ralph Trüeb (Vorsitz) zusammen mit Ko-Referenten Dr. med. Uwe Schwichtenberg, Praxis für Dermatologie, Allergologie und Phlebologie, Bremen (links), und Dr. med. Andreas M. Finner, Trichomed® Praxis für Haarmedizin und Haartransplantation, Berlin (Mitte)


Zusammen mit Ko-Referenten und mit Jenny Latz von JENNY LATZ HAIR HAIRCOACHING® (links)






Beim Vortrag „Haarausfall bei Frauen: Erwartungen – Ergebnisse“: „Madame la Comtesse, Ihnen fehlt es mehr an Disziplin als an Medizin!“ „Na, ich habe Dutzende von Pariser Ärzten konsultiert, aber keiner hat je riskiert, mir von Disziplin zu sprechen.“ „Gerade darum mussten Sie erst so viele konsultieren.“ (aus: Axel Munthe. Das Buch von San Michele).







Der Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau in der Münchner Altstadt, kurz „Frauenkirche“ genannt, ist die Kathedralkirche des Erzbischofs von München und Freising und zählt zu den Wahrzeichen der bayerischen Landeshauptstadt München. Blick aus dem Zimmerfenster im „Hotel Bayerischer Hof“.








„Das blaue Pferd“ (1911) von Franz Marc (1880-1916), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus München. Das „Blaue Pferd“ ist mit seiner eindringlichen, vom Reiz des Neuanfangs verklärten Symbolkraft zu einem der bekanntesten Bilder Marcs und des „Blauen Reiter“ geworden. Die Rolle der blauen Farbe als Symbol des Geistigen, des Sieges über das Materielle, ist hier klar ausgesprochen. Marc dringt im Bild endgültig von der natürlichen „Erscheinungsfarbe“ zur „Wesensfarbe“ vor.


„Gegossene Schönheit“. Bronzeplastiken in der Residenz München: Kurfürst Maximilian I (1573-1651), Herzog von Bayern und Kurfürst des Heiligen Römischen Reiches. Neben dem Kaiser war er die führende Persönlichkeit der katholischen Fürsten im Heiligen Römischen Reich und war der eigentliche Gründer der Katholischen Liga. Er war eine prägende Person der Gegenreformation und der katholischen Reform.




Satyr mit Weinpokal, Carlo die Cesare del Palagio (1540-1598). Die figürlichen Bronzen stellen Hauptwerke der europäischen Bronzekunst des Manierismus und Frühbarock dar. Der Satyr ist in der griechischen Mythologie eine Figur im Gefolge des Weingottes Dionysos. Später wurde der römische Faunus als ein dem Satyr ähnliches Fabelwesen dargestellt. Nach ihnen wurden die medizinischen Begriffe fawn tail nevus oder „Faun-schwanz“ (lumbosakrale Hypertrichose) und Satyriasis (krankhaft gesteigerter männlicher Geschlechtstrieb) geprägt.


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29.06.2016 12:25

Visit of Dr. Mimi, Mee Chang, MBChB, MRCP, FHKCP, from The Prince of Wales Hospital and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, for traineeship in Dermato-Trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases, April 1st through June 27th 2016

Testimonial:

“知之為知之,不知為不知,是知也”- 孔子
“To know what we know, and know what we do not know, that is understanding.” (Confucius)

“I am most grateful for the opportunity to learn and work with Professor Trüeb. He is a good doctor and teacher, who not only knows and understands trichology and dermatology very well, but is also willing to share his work, knowledge, passion and humor. It is a truly inspirational experience which will guide my pursuit of the subspecialty. And of course, to the appreciation of arts, too! Lastly, I would like to thank Professor’s family, and the efficient staffs in the clinic (Dr. Antonia Fellas, Marija, Biella and Daniela), for their warm and hospitable company “有朋自遠方來、不亦樂乎“ Thank you for the teaching and friendship, Prof. Trüeb!” (Dr. Mimi Chang)


Receiving certificate and complimentary textbook “The Difficult Hair Loss Patient. Guide to Successful Management of Alopecia and Related Conditions” after successful 3-month traineeship in Dermato-Trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb.





In mutual appreciation of art: Bird’s-eye view on Hong Kong (Aquarell), Ukrainian landscape painting (Oil on Canvas), book on “Monet’s Trees” (Thames & Hudson): “I perhaps owe it to flowers,” wrote Claude Monet (1840–1926), “that I became a painter.” His fascination with trees, while perhaps of equal intensity, is less well-documented. A leading figure of the Impressionist movement and perhaps the most celebrated landscape painter of his age, Monet dedicated his life to capturing the subtleties of the natural world.


With pet Pug “Paco”. Legend has it that the ancient Chinese were looking into wrinkles for patterns that resembled Chinese characters. The most revered wrinkle patterns in the Lo-Sze (Pug) were the ones that formed the Chinese character for „Prince“ 王子






In Lucerne at traditional Swiss Restaurant “Wilden Mann” together with Dr. Antonia Fellas for regional culinary speciality “Luzerner Chügelipastete”. In 1517, when the Wilden Mann was first mentioned in records, it was not the refined place it represents today. In fact, it was a bar without a tavern licence. Later it became an inn. It was not until the 19th century with the rise of tourism in Switzerland that the Wilden Mann was transformed into a first-class address.




11.06.2016 19:25

Seoul Hair Forum and 12th Korean Hair Research Society (KHRS) Meeting, Seoul, Republic of Korea (South Korea), May 28-29, 2016


Congress venue: Seoul St. Mary Hospital, Catholic University of Korea. The Catholic University of Korea is a private Roman Catholic institution of higher education. The university's medical school, considered as one of the most prestigious in South Korea, has eight affiliated hospitals in major cities of the country. The university has been consistently ranked as one of the premier universities in South Korea and regarded in both national and international university rankings. Seoul St. Mary's Hospital is one of the affiliated hospitals. The new hospital opened April 2009.


Professor Trüeb at Seoul St. Mary Hospital, Catholic University of Korea, in front of replica of Statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Grotto. The Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous on 18 occasions at Lourdes, which became a major place of Roman Catholic pilgrimage and miraculous healings.


International invited speakers at Leeum Gallery (from left to right): Joyce Lee, MD, from Singapore (“Hair shaft disorders”, and “Overview of histopathologic findings in alopecias”), Xingqi  Zhang, MD, PhD, from First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China (“Clinical aspect of acute telogen effluvium, on clinical manifestation and possible mechanisms”, and “Clinical aspect of alopecia areata on pathogenic factors and  treatment”), and Chao-Chun Yang, MD, PhD, from National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (“Update on treatment of extensive alopecia areata”).


Giving lectures on “Rational basis of multi-targeted and individualized treatment for alopecia” at Seoul Hair Forum and Hamamelis virginiana-based scalp care and protection for sensitive scalp, red scalp, and scalp burn-out” at 12th KHRS Annual Meeting: one must remain open-minded for the possibility of a multitude of cause-relationships underlying hair loss, and combined treatments and multi-targeted approaches to enhance hair growth and quality. The scientific rationale for such an approach is given, but there is a need for studies to establish increase of efficacy of combination regimens for treatment of hair loss that go beyond topical minoxidil , and oral 5a-reductase inhibitors, to include nutritional therapies , and choice of appropriate hair and scalp care (such as witch-hazel based shampoo).


With Mr. Ki-Suo Han (center) from Human & Healthcare Co. Ltd, South Korea, and staff members, international distribution partner for original nutrition-based oral hair growth promoting agent Pantogar® (from Merz, Germany), and for Hamamelis virginiana-based scalp care products Erol Energy® Shampoo and Tonic (from Apomedica, Switzerland).


Group photograph from Seoul Hair Forum at Seoul St. Mary Hospital, Catholic University of Korea.








At traditional Korean dinner and social gathering: international invited speaker (left) Shigeki Inui, MD, PhD, from Osaka University, Japan (“How to use trichoscopy: proposal of practical algorithm”, and “From bench to hair clinic: Leptin as an anagen inducer for red LED-induced hair growth stimulation”), with Gwang Seong Choi, MD, from Inha University, Korea (“Quality of life in patients with alopecia areata”).


Addressing  KHRS representatives at social gathering: “Confucius said: „In learning and straightway practising is there not pleasure also? When friends gather round from afar do we not rejoice?” “A gentleman gathers friends by culture.” “All educated men are peers.“ Together with KHRS President Woo-Young Sim, holding KHRS Letter of Appreciation.




Group photograph from 12th KHRS Annual Meeting at Seoul St. Mary Hospital, Catholic University of Korea.
















Traditional Korean barbecue cuisine with representatives of KHRS and international invited speakers: left row (2nd-4th): KHRS Past-President Woo-Young Sim, from Kyung Hee University, Korea, ByungIn Ro from Myongj Hospital, Korea, and Joyce Lee, right row (from front to back): Gwang Seong Choi, newly elect KHRS President Won-Soo Lee from Yonsei Wonju University, Korea, and co-author of “Male Alopecia. Guide to Successful Management” released by Springer 2014 on the occasion of WCHR Meeting on Jeju Island, Korea, with Ralph M. Trüeb, Chang-Hun Huh from Seoul National University, Korea (“Robotic hair follicle harvesting in hair transplantation surgery”), and Koh-eiToyoshima, from Japan (“Proof-of-concept of fully functional organ regenerative therapy fo hair follicle insufficiency”).


Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. The palace is a walled compound of palaces in Seoul that was inhabited by members of Korea’s Royal family during the Kingdom of Joseon (1392-1897). The palace has held a guard-changing ceremony since 1996 after historical research by leading historians. The ceremony held if front of the Daehanum Gate of the palace is a tradition similar to the Changing of Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a special opportunity to experience royal culture.


Changdeokgung Bullomun Gate. The stone Gate at the Changdeokgung Palace gardens, Bullomun (불로문), literally means “Gate of Everlasting Youth”.








Traditional Korean Dance developed under the influence of both Korean shamanic dance and Joseon Dynasty court performance.













Seoul Hair Forum Program and Abstract:


12th KHRS Meeting Program and Abstract:



12.05.2016 14:25

I  ҉  CAPRI Hair & Nail and Anti-Aging CORSO PRATICO, CAPRI, Hotel La Palma, Capri, Italy, May 6th-7th 2016


Welcome to Capri Hair & Nail and Anti-Aging Corso Pratico under the patronage of: Associazione Donne Dermatologhe Italia (DDI), Accademica Mediteranea Donne Dermatologhe


Professor Trüeb giving invited lecture on “Innovative nutricosmetics solution in hair loss treatment/Nutriceutici innovative per la caduta dei capelli”. Chairs: Dott.ssa Gabriella Fabbrocini (left) from Napoli, Italy, and Prof.ssa Antonella Tosti (right) from Miami, USA, and Bologna, Italy



With invited speaker Jerry Shapiro, MD, from New York, USA, and Course President Antonella Tosti at the Congress venue, Hotel la Palma****, on Via Vittorio Emanuele in Capri









Villa Jovis (Villa of Jupiter) is a Roman palace on Capri built by emperor Tiberius (42 BC-37 AD). Tiberius mainly ruled from there until his death. The palace is situated in the very northeast of the island at 334 meters elevation. Access is only possible by foot, and involves an uphill walk of about 2 kilometers from Capri town. Apparently the main motivations for Tiberius's move from Rome to Capri were his wariness of the political maneuverings in Rome and fear of assassination. The villa is situated at a very secluded spot, and Tiberius's quarters were particularly difficult to reach. According to Roman historian Suetonius (69-122 AD), the villa is also the place where Tiberius engaged in debauchery.Modern scholars regard these accounts as sensationalized, but Suetonius' stories at least paint a picture of how Tiberius was perceived by the Roman populace at the time.


Just as Villa Jovis from the height of Mount Tiberius expresses and sums up Capri's imperial period, the Certosa di San Giacomo (Charterhouse of St. Giacomo), sunk with its extended buildings within the narrow valley between the Castiglione and the Tuoro hills, expresses the mediaeval and monastic period of Capri in its most noble and monumental form. Legend has it that in 1380 the father prior of the monastery was taken unaware by the news of the arrival in Capri of Queen Giovanna I d’Anjou and made a flower arrangement with the most beautiful flowers of the island. The water was not changed for three days, and when the flowers were thrown away, the prior noticed that the water had acquired a wonderful fragrance. That water became the first perfume of Capri. “Se non è vero, è ben trovato”. History relates that in 1948 the prior of the monastery discovered the old formulas of the perfumes and, with permission from the Pope, revealed them to a chemist from Turin,who created a perfumes laboratory, and called it “Carthusia”.


In the atrium of the Villa San Michele at Anacapri with Dionyssios Kyvetos, ambassador of Greece to Iraq, Jerry Shapiro, Prof. Eckart Haneke from Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and Dr Bertrand Richert-Baran from Bruxelles, Belgium (from left to right). The Villa was built at the turn of the 20th century by the Swedish physician Dr Axel Munthe (1857-1949). In his later years, Munthe wrote his memoirs “The Story of San Michele” which gives account of how he first discovered the island and built the Villa, decorated with the remains of palaces built by the ancient Romans which he found on his land. Of himself, Munthe said: “I was not a good doctor, my studies had been too rapid, my hospital training too short, but there is not the slightest doubt that I was a successful doctor. What is the secret of success? To inspire confidence.” (The Story of San Michele).






The Egyptian Sphinx (overlooking the Island of Capri) is more wrapped in legend then any other object at San Michele. It is from the time of Ramses II (1279–1213 BC). How Axel Munthe came by it remains obscure. In “The Story of San Michele” he relates that he saw the sphinx in a dream, and when he awoke from the dream he rushed over to the country- side to fetch it. The choice of the sphinx as a symbol of the Villa may have been inspired by one of Munthe’s favorite authors,  German Romantic writer Jean Paul  (1763-1825), who compared Capri to a sphinx. “My house must be open to the sun, to the wind, and the voice of the sea, just like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!" (Axel Munthe)

Villa San Michele, the Bedroom. Probably the most enchanting of the rooms for its unique combination of ancient and newer objects. The room is divided into two parts by an arcade and a middle column, a recurrent architectural motif of the Villa. The 15th century wrought-iron bed is of Sicilian origin, and was presumably a camp-bed. On the tables and on the walls are ancient Roman artifacts. Furnishing is antique too, dating back to the 15th and 18th centuries. The twilight pervading the room inspires reflection and meditation. “The soul needs more space than the body.” (Axel Munthe)



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21.04.2016 19:25


2nd International Congress of the Cyprus Society of Dermatology and Venereology, Limassol, Cyprus, March 25th-27th 2016


Professor Trüeb with Dr. Andreas Pallouras, MD, Dermatologist, Cyprus, and President of the Scientific Committee


With Dr. Andreas Fellas, MD, Dermatologist, and long-standing friend, Member of the Organizing Committee, at his private office and laser center in Nicosia, Cyprus


Giving lecture on “Male Hair Loss: Insights, Therapy, and Risks” and on “The Difficult Hair Loss Patient: A Special Challenge” (the topics of Prof Trüeb’s latest book releases with Springer Scientific Publications) 


Session chaired by Dr. Antonia Fellas, MD, daughter of Andreas Fellas, and associate at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb, and Dr. Constantinos Symeonides, MD, Secretary of the Society


At “Salomi” Cyprus Traditional Tavern, Ayios Tychonas Village (VIP table reservation)






Complete table party (from left to right): Dr. Elena Orfanos, (second) with husband Volker, from Berlin, Germany, Dr. Andreas Fellas,Prof. Christiane Bayerl, from Wiesbaden, Germany, Prof. Ralph Trüeb, Elena Fellas, Prof. Constantin Orfanos, Professor emeritus from Berlin, Germany, with wife Vera, and Dr. Ahmed Halim, from Cairo, Egypt


With Prof. Harald Gollnick, from Magdeburg, Germany, Dr. Antonia Fellas, and Prof. Christiane Bayerl, from Wiesbaden, Germany, both Directors at the Departments of Dermatology, where Antonia Fellas did her residency in Dermatology before joining the staff at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb in 2016


Enjoying Cypriot live music and dance: Dr. Andreas Fellas with daughters Antonia and Elena doing the Sirtaki at the Grand Resort, Limassol, Cyprus







25.03.2016 21:05

New Acquisition:


Ijiraq

Inuit
Sculpture by Maudie Rachel Okittuk (artist, *1944)
Taloyoak 1995

In Inuit mythology, the ijiraq is a sort of shape shifter who kidnaps children, hides them away, and abandons them. It can appear in any form, making it particularly deceptive. When you are for instance hunting somewhere that ijirait (plural) inhabit, you will see them in the corner of your eye for a fleeting moment. If you try to observe them directly however, they are completely elusive. They are sometimes helpful, sometimes fatally deceptive. Ijirait are said to inhabit a place between two worlds; not quite inside this one, nor quite outside of it. Their abode is said to be cursed, and one will lose the way, no matter how skilled or familiar with the surroundings. Nevertheless, the inuksuk (human-made stone landmarks of the Inuit people) allow children to find their way back home, once they have convinced the ijiraq to release them.



21.03.2016 20:45


74th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Dermatology, Washington, D.C., USA, March 4-8, 2016



Welcome to 74th Annual Meeting of the AAD, at Walter E. Washington Convention Center




Prof. Trüeb at AAD technical exhibit discussing with Celgene representatives Drs. Michael
Zürcher and Natalie Graf  from Switzerland efficacy of Apremilast in scalp psoriasis 


Reception at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C., by appointment of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, in front of a bust of Philipp II of Spain (1527-1598). In 1563, the Venetian ambassador Paolo Fagolo said of Philipp: "He dresses very tastefully, and everything that he does is courteous and gracious."


At the Spanish Embassy reception with Dr. Sergio Vañó Galván, dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon at Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal and of the Clínica Grupo Pedro Jaén in Madrid, Spain, and with Dr. Antonella Tosti, Professor for Dermatology at the Universities of Miami, Fl., USA, and of Bologna, Italy.


At the Rotunda of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.





French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) with and without perruque, by Jean Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. Voltaire was a satirical polemicist famous for his wit. The quotation: “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it.” is attributed to him.





01.03.2016 15:45

Visit of Paul Gressenberger, cand. med., from Medical University of Graz, Austria, at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases, February 24th through 26th 2016

“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.” - Marilyn vos Savant

Testimonial: “Auf Empfehlung von Frau Univ.-Prof. Dr. Daisy Kopera, Betreuerin meiner Diplomarbeit über das Thema Haar- und Kopfhauterkrankungen, bin ich zu Herrn Prof. Dr. Trüeb nach Zürich gekommen, um einen Einblick in diese komplexe Thematik zu bekommen. Ich habe in der eindrucksvollen Praxis von Professor Trüeb sehr viel gesehen und gelernt und würde ihn  jederzeit gerne wieder besuchen.“ (cand. med. Paul Gressenberger). 



17.02.2016 19:41

Visit of Professor Rodney Sinclair, MBBS, MD, FACD, from University of Melbourne, and Sinclair Dermatology, Melbourne, Australia, at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb on January 18 2016


On the occasion of Rod Sinclair’s surprise visit, we had the opportunity to discuss such controversial topics as spironolactone and low dose oral minoxidil for treatment of female androgenetic alopecia, oral cyclosporine for alopecia areata, and surgery for the inflammatory scarring alopecias.




22.12.2015 11:41

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Dermatologie und Venerologie (ÖGDV), Jahrestagung 2015, 4.-6. Dezember 2015, Wien, Österreich


Professor Trüeb beim Vortrag über “Haarausfall (erfolgreich behandeln)“ zum Anlass 125 Jahre ÖGDV


Beim „President’s Dinner“ im Palais Coburg mit Frau Univ.-Professor Daisy Kopera, aus Graz


Weihnachts-Deko im Palais Coburg




Im Hotel Sacher mit Professor Kopera mit Ehemann


In der „Blauen Bar“ im Hotel Sacher mit Frau Magister Alexandra Winkler bei Original Sacher Torte


Weihnachtsmarkt beim Stephansdom



Weihnachtsbeleuchtung am Graben bei Wiener Pestsäule


Vor dem Portrait von Kaiserin Elisabeth („Sisi“) von Österreich-Ungarn (1837-1898) *

* „Sie (Kaiserin Sisi) betrieb einen Aufwand um ihr fast bodenlanges Haar, der jeder Beschreibung spottet. Es musste mehrmals die Woche mit zwölf Eidottern gewaschen werden. Sie engagierte die frühere Burgtheater-Coiffeuse Fanny Feifalik als ihre persönliche Friseuse. Wenn sie sich das Haar bürsten liess , mussten ihr die Mädchen danach den Kamm zeigen. Fanden sich Haare darin, soll sie … fürchterliche Wutanfälle bekommen haben, … . Ihre langen, schweren Flechten verursachten Elisabeth oftmals Kopfschmerzen.“ (Auszug aus: Konrad Kramar, Petra Stuiber. Die schrulligen Habsburger. Marotten und Allüren eines Kaiserhauses. Serie Piper).




14.10.2015 19:50


24th EADV (European Academy of Dermatology) Congress, 7th-11th October 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark


Congress venue at the Bella Center Copenhagen, Denmark



Professor Trüeb at EADV Congress Copenhagen with Dr. Adel Botros Zaghloul, MD, from Cairo Skin Venereal Disease Hospital, Egypt


Chairing session on “Hair Disorders” with Professor Eli Sprecher from Tel Aviv, Israel


At EADV invited lecture on “Androgenetic Alopecia”



With Ms Juliette Ruth Kleemann from Springer at the Wisepress booth


Newest 2015 book release with Springer Scientific Publications


Giving lecture on patient adherence issues to Swiss dermatologists on Scientific Psoriasis Evening at Restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, Frederiksberg Have


Mielcke & Hurtigkarl is a gourmet restaurant set in one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful royal gardens. It represents a curious and stylish cabaret of gourmet experiments


Pittoresque setting of Nyhaven, a 17th-century waterfront and canal originally constructed by King Christian V. It was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years. Today, it is mainly a tourist entertainment center with bars, cafes, and restaurants


With Marguerite Krasovec, MD, from Switzerland, at Restaurant “Cap Horn”, Nyhaven






The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon


The Throne Chair of Denmark located in the Castle of Rosenborg. According to legend, it is made of the horn of unicorns. In reality, it is made from narwhal tusks




Halloween at Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen. Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 and has enchanted many international visitors. Hans Christian Andersen visited many times, as did Walt Disney and many other celebrities, who fell in love with the gardens. Part of its secret is that there is something for everyone


A ride in the “Flying Trunk” at Tivoli Gardens takes you on a journey through fairy-tale scenes of Hans Christian Andersen (clockwise from top left): The Little Mermaid (publishing year 1835), Thumbelina (1837), The Little Girl with the Matchsticks (1845), and The Emperor’s New Clothes (1837)


Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875): Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. His popularity is not limited to children; his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality

Abstract:





25.09.2015 11:50
Dr. Ramanauskaite by the lake of Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), Switzerland.


Brazilian Society of Dermatology 70th Congress 2015, São Paulo, September 5-8, 2015


Professor Trüeb with Professor Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio De Janeiro (left), and Doctor Andréia Munck, MD, from São Paulo, Brazil (right)     


At the reception of the Brazilian Study Group of Hair and Scalp Diseases on the occasion of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology 70th Congress in São Paulo,  Brazil


With Brazilian Study Group of Hair and Scalp Diseases


In conversation with astute members of the Brazilian Hair Study Group (“Tricho Girls”)


Receiving plaque of recognition form Brazilian Study Group of Hair and Scalp Diseases


At the Pantogar Symposium giving lecture on “Clinical Practice and New Evidence” (of Superiority of Combination Treatment with Pantogar over Monotherapy with Topical Minoxidil for Female Alopecia)


With Drs. Ricardo Romiti (far left) and Roberto Terzian (left) on the occasion of the Pantogar Symposium on “New Developments in Treatment of Female Hair Loss” 


Professor Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni opening session on “Alopecia Areata” at the Brazilian Society of Dermatology 70th Congress in São Paulo


Giving lecture on “Evidence-Based Medicine in Treatment of Alopecia Areata (Sense or Nonsense?)”


In Q & A session on “Alopecia Areata”

Lecture Abstracts: 





11.08.2015 18:10

Inaugural Dissertation of Barbara Hotzenköcherle Trüeb at the University of Zürich Faculty of Medicine


Doctor Barbara Hotzenköcherle Trüeb with certificate of doctor’s degree


With Professor Klaus Grätz, Dean, University of Zürich Faculty of Medicine

In her inaugural dissertation (University of Zürich, 2015) under the mentorship of Professor Ralph M. Trüeb, graduate Barbara Hotzenköcherle Trüeb successfully demonstrated the impact of seasonality of hair growth and shedding on study results with hair growth promoting agents through inhomogeneous inclusion of study patients in relation to the season. She concluded that the  impact of seasonality of hair growth and shedding on clinical trials with hair growth promoting agents should always be taken into consideration, especially in studies with small numbers of patients and study durations < 12 months, since heterogeneity of patient inclusion may be enough to distort clinical efficacy results.

Congratulations!





03.08.2015 11:18

NEW BOOK RELEASE 2015 IN SPRINGER SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS: COMING UP SOON!

Following Aging Hair (2010), Female Alopecia (2013), and Male Alopecia (2014), the fourth work in the Trüeb Tetralogy is soon expected to be released:

The Difficult Hair Loss Patient. Guide to Successful Management of Alopecia and Related Conditions (2015).


You could read every textbook available on hair growth and disorders, and still not be able to treat hair loss effectively. This book is a thorough guide going beyond the technical aspects of trichology and evidence based medicine, providing specialists and primary care physicians experienced in the basic management of hair loss with the extra know-how to master the ultimate challenge of the difficult hair loss patient.





21.07.2015 08:45
Dr. Ramanauskaite by the lake of Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), Switzerland.

23rd World Congress of Dermatology, June 8-13 2015, Vancouver, Canada 


Professor Trüeb at the Vancouver Convention Center



Giving lecture on “The Impact of Oxidative Stress on Hair” at the P&G Satellite Symposia Series with leading experts in skin & hair science (see pdf. below)


Chairs: Prof. Dr. Ulrike Blume-Peytavi from Berlin, Germany, and Dr. John Gray from Durban, South Africa


At the traditional Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, famed for its Art Déco style and gargoyles  


At the Gastown steam clock with Prof. Dr. Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


At the Capilano Totem Park


View on the Capilano River from the Suspension Bridge

P&G Satellite Symposia Series:





08.05.2015 16:30

Visit of Ausrine Ramanauskaite, M.D., from Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos, Center of Dermatovenereology, Vilnius, Lithuania, for traineeship in trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases, April 7 – 28, 2015

Dr. Ramanauskaite by the lake of Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), Switzerland.

Dr. Ramanauskaite by the lake of Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), Switzerland.

Testimonial: "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." (Plutarch, On Listening to Lectures). I am thankful for the opportunity and honor to take the traineeship in Trichology in the DERMATOLOGICAL PRACTICE AND HAIR CENTER PROFESSOR TRÜEB. I am returning home not only with knowledge, but also with motivation and desire to develop and flourish the frequently neglected, but so important and interesting branch of dermatology.  It was a great pleasure  not only to work and learn, but also to be immersed into art and history, which is surrounding every corner of the outstanding practice and everyday life. Again, thank you for the generous and meaningful gift - knowledge and friendship. (Dr. Ausrine Ramanauskaite).

Welcome toast at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Disease Professor Trüeb

Enjoying ephemeral beauty of Magnolia spring 
blossoms in Zurich 

At the traditional “Zürcher Sechseläuten” April 13th 2015 (photograph by A. Ramanauskaite)

Receiving certificate and complimentary textbook after successful traineeship in trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb.

A night at the Zurich Opera (La Traviata)



21.04.2015 17:30

New Acquisitions:


Tupilak

Inuit 
Greenland 
Sperm whale tooth 
Dimensions: H x W: 6.5 x 6 cm

“I shall create a tupilak! he crooned vindictively” (From: T. Everett Harré, “The Eternal Maiden”).

Tupilak means 'soul of the ancestor’ and is a carved figure that protects its owner against enemy attack.

The history of the tupilak goes back 5’000 years. In Greenlandic Inuit tradition, the tupilaq represents an avenging monster fabricated by a practitioner of Shamanism by using various objects such as animal parts (bone, skin, hair, etc.). The creature was given life by ritualistic chants, and then placed into the sea to seek and destroy a specific enemy. The tupilak attacked in the form of the creature it represented. It was a magical implement devoid of independent will and, thus, compelled to obey a person possessing insight into the supernatural world.

Because tupilaqs were made in secret, and usually from perishable materials, none of the past have been preserved. Early European visitors to Greenland, fascinated by the native legend, have been eager to see what tupilaqs looked like, so the Inuit began to carve representations of them out various, more durable materials, such as narwhal and walrus tusk, wood and caribou antler. 

Today, tupilaqs of many different shapes and sizes have become an important part of Greenlandic Inuit art and are highly prized as collectibles. 

Purchased on March 19th 2015



Petrified whale ear bone 
(Ability to obtain wisdom of the past)

This is the tympanic bone of a prehistoric whale and likely to be between 14'000’000 and 23'000’000 years old. The tympanic bone is unique to whales. It houses the bones of their inner ear. Unlike many bones in a whale's skeleton, the tympanic bone is very dense. You can sometimes find these bones washed up on the beach. The fossilized inner ear bone shows a striking similarity in form to the human outer ear. 

Well-preserved fossils from whales have helped scientists understand how whales evolved organs to cope with the peculiarities of the marine environment. Specifically, ear bone fossils reveal how the ancestors of whales developed their finely tuned underwater hearing. While sounds travel farther and faster underwater, hearing in the marine environment presents a different challenge to hearing on land. On land, sound vibrations strike the mammalian eardrum through an air-filled, outer ear canal. However, when a typical mammal is submerged, water fills the ear canal, diminishing the ability of the eardrum to transmit sound. Therefore, the ear canal of whales is not thought to be functional. Alternatively, in the whale, sound easily transfers from water through the animal's body, arriving at the ears via the bone and tissue of the head. 

Whales have extraordinarily well developed hearing abilities. Ears are important for hearing, but also for the whales’ navigation and socialization. Some have suggested that the hearing in whales has evolved to a kind of sixth sense that can be described as “seeing with the ears.” 

The whale figures in the folklore of all cultures and is regarded as a creature of great antiquity. In Ameridian legends the whale is associated with the time before the sea engulfed whole continents, and is therefore regarded as the carrier of ancient knowledge and wisdom. 

Whale as a power animal is concerned with bringing messages out of the depth of your being, specifically our ancestral memories that lie deep within us. The answers to many of life’s greatest perplexities lie hidden there, as well as the record of our own past and indications to our personal destiny. Whale can help to go deep into the oceans of Time and to discover and understand the ancient wisdom. Whale can help us to sense our own sound pattern and our power song that can link us to the rhythm of the universe. 

As the stone represents, listen carefully outwardly with your physical ears, but also attempt to listen and pay attention to any inner messages you may receive.

Ref. Kenneth Meadows. Shamanic Experience. A Practical Guide to Psychic Powers. Bear & Co, Rochester, Vermont 2003 

Purchased on March 19th 2015 

(The objects may be viewed at special request and by appointment)


17.03.2015 11:23

Dermatologische Praxis, 13.-15. März 2015, Congress Forum Frankenthal, Deutschland


Beim Vortrag: „Haarausfall erfolgreich behandeln: aktuelle Therapie- und Pflegeoptionen“


An der Industrieausstellung: „Gute Nacht Haarausfall!“. Mit Dr. Hans Karrer

Vortragsabstract:


06.03.2015 17:23

1. Symposium Spectrum Dermatologie Kompakt, 27.-28. Februar 2015, Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Wien, Österreich


Professor Trüeb beim Vortrag über „Haarausfall erfolgreich behandeln“.



Beim Expertengespräch „Ästhetische und Kosmetische Dermatologie“ zusammen mit Univ.-Prof. Daisy Kopera aus Graz, und Prof. Berthold Rzany aus Berlin.


Kaiserliche Rindfleischküche beim Schloss Schönbrunn. Mit Univ. Prof. Daisy Kopera, Prof. Berthold Rzany, Dr. Veronika Lang (von links nach rechts) und Begleitung im Stammhaus der Familie Plachutta unweit vom kaiserlichen Schloß Schönbrunn. Der Plachutta in Hietzing ist eine Institution im Bezirk und für die ganze Stadt beliebter Treffpunkt für Freunde der klassischen Wiener Küche.


Der Tafelspitz ist ein Gericht der Wiener Küche und besteht aus einem in Brühe gekochten Stück Rindfleisch, das in Scheiben geschnitten mit der beim Kochen entstandenen, abgeseihten Suppenbrühe, Wurzelgemüse, Apfelkren, Schnittlauchsauce, Kartoffelschmarrn und Spinat serviert wird.




Zusammen mit Dr. med. Veronika Lang, Medizinisch- wissenschaftliche Leitung, L'Oréal Österreich, vor einem Bildnis des Kaisers Fran Josef I. von Österreich. Franz Werfel definierte die soziale Stellung des Kaisers der Donaumonarchie als sakrosankte, fast religiös überhöhte Spitze der Gesellschaftspyramide: „Der höchste Beamte war Gott. Gott aber war eine unsichtbare Instanz, zu der nur ein indirekter Dienstweg […] beschreitbar war. Gott trug weder eine Zivildienst- noch eine Militäruniform. Seine k. u. k. Apostolische Majestät, der Kaiser in Wien, trug als nächster im Range eine Generalsuniform mit Eichenlaub am Kragen, wodurch er sich von der anderen Generalität unterschied. Vom Kaiser ging die Leiter ununterbrochen abwärts …“


Die Wiener Pestsäule ist eines der markantesten plastischen Kunstwerke der Wiener Innenstadt. Die barocke Dreifaltigkeitssäule wurde 1679 nach einer Pestepidemie errichtet und weist ein komplexes ikonographisches Programm auf. Dessen Grundaussage ist, dass durch die persönliche Frömmigkeit und Fürbitte Kaiser Leopolds I. die Gefahren der Pest und Wiener Türkenbelagerung, die beide als Strafe Gottes für Verfehlung verstanden wurden, abgewendet werden konnten. Die Säule stellt somit gleichzeitig ein Siegesdenkmal für Leopold I. dar.






Die Wiener Karlskirche ist eines der Wahrzeichen Wiens und zugleich eine der bedeutendsten barocken Kirchenbauten nördlich der Alpen. Während der letzten großen Wiener Pestepidemie, gelobte Kaiser Karl VI. 1713, eine Kirche für den Pestheiligen Karl Borromäus zu bauen. Durch das kaiserliche Versprechen sollte die Pest von der Stadt abgewendet werden. Die römisch-katholische Pfarrkirche wurde als zentrale Verbindung zwischen Rom und Byzanz gestaltet und lehnt sich entsprechend architektonisch an die Hagia Sophia und an die Trajanssäule an.


Schloss Schönbrunn wurde 1740 von Kaiser Karl VI. seiner Tochter Maria Theresia geschenkt, die das Anwesen zum kaiserlichen Sommersitz der Habsburger erkor. Der Name geht auf Kaiser Matthias zurück, der hier im Jahr 1619 auf der Jagd einen artesischen Brunnen entdeckt und ausgerufen haben soll: „Welch’ schöner Brunn“. 1805 und 1809 hielt sich Napoleon mit Gefolge im Schloss auf, als die Franzosen Wien besetzt hatten. 1830 wurde hier der mit 18 Jahren zum Kaiser proklamierte Franz Joseph I. geboren. 1832 starb hier Napoleons Sohn im Alter von 21 Jahren.

Wissenschaftliches Programm:



02.03.2015 18:34

Pantene Hair Research Institute (PHRI)  Summit VI, February 14-15 2015, Dolder Grand, and Euro Media Event, February 16 2015, Park Hyatt, Zürich, Switzerland


Pre-summit meeting with Dr. Sotaro Kurata, MD, with wife, from Japan at traditional Swiss Fondue Restaurant “Le Dézaley” in Zurich


Swiss wine tasting: "Le vin est la plus saine et la plus hygiénique des boissons" (Louis Pasteur)



At Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb. Testimonial: “I was very impressed to see many artistic artworks. Photo of John & Yoko is one of my favorite. Because I’m consulting a wig company ‘Hairpiece’. This experience inspired me lots of things to do about my clinical issues about hair” (Dr. Sotaro Kurata, MD)


Visit of PHRI at Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases Professor Trüeb: From left to right: Drs. Amy McMichael, Mike Davis, Jennifer Marsh, Sandeep Satur, Maria Hordinsky, Vicky Jolliffe, Ralph Trüeb, John Gray, Antonella Tosti, Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, Joel Coret, Vero Sanchez, Shuxia Yang, Jeni Thomas, and Sotaro Kurata


Professor Trüeb’s welcome address of the PHRI at traditional restaurant “Wirtschaft zum Doktorhaus” in Wallisellen


PHRI summit meeting at the Dolder Grand, Zurich: Drs. Amy McMichael, John Gray, Vicky Jolliffe, Antonella Tosti, and Maria Hordinsky


With Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Brazil, at the Dolder Grand, Zurich


With Drs. Sandeep Satur from India (left) and Sotaro Kurata from Japan (right) at the Pantene 70th Anniversary, Park Hyatt, Zurich



Post-summit touring with Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Brazil, in Einsiedeln: enjoying the snow and scenery at the monastery (left), and encounter with the “Hörelibajassen” on “Güdelziischtig” of the traditional Swiss carnival at Einsiedeln (right)


Professors Trüeb and Gavazzoni in Schwyz in front of fresco commemorating the victorious battle of the Swiss Confederacy over the Austrian soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire at Morgarten in 1315 (left), and Professor Gavazzoni holding pug “Paco” for a snapshot in front of the monument of Swiss national hero William Tell (with legendary crossbow and son) in Altdorf, Uri (right).


Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, savouring Swiss cheese fondue at “Le Dézaley” in Zurich. There is always a bite also for pug “Paco”!


Visit of Professor Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases. Testimonial: “Dear friend Ralph, it was a great pleasure to spend some time with you in this beautiful medical office. Outstanding! Thank you for being this so exquisite friend. This is exactly why all your patients love you and come a long way to see you and have their hair problems solved!” (Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD).




06.01.2015 15:21

Visit of Ekta K. Bhardwaj, DCP, PhD, from Renovia Medical Aesthetics and Hair Center, Manchester, UK, for traineeship in trichology at the Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases, December 2nd through 24th 2014


Testimonial: “I can honestly say that it was an amazing journey. I have learned so much during the trichology traineeship.
Prof. Trüeb, thank you very much for having me at your practice. During this traineeship I had an opportunity to learn about management of various hair and scalp disorders. I really adore the warm and friendly atmosphere at Prof. Trüeb's practice. I would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Prof. Trüeb's clinic. I am looking forward to put into practice the new things I have just learned. Once again, thank you Prof. Trüeb” (Dr. Ekta Bhardwaj).



19.11.2014 11:33

The 19th Japan Society of Clinical Hair Restoration (JSCHR), Okayama, Japan, November 23rd-24th 2014


Japanese calligraphy 'heijo-cin' meaning one's presence of mind or one's self-possession


Professor Trüeb giving lecture at JSCHR on “Patterned Hair Loss, Hair Aging, and Anti-Aging Strategies” (Chair: Prof. Ryoji Tsuboi, MD, PhD, Tokyo, Japan)


Wit Professor Ryoji Tsuboi, MD, PhD, Chief Director of Tokyo Medical University Hospital



With Dr. Shinsaku Kawada, MD, PhD, Annual President of JSCHR, receiving Fuji Yama Award for Excellence in Hair Restoration


With Dr. Sotaro Kurata, MD, (far left), Dr. Kuniyoshi Yagyu, MD (far right), and international faculty (from left to right): Dr. Vincenzo Gambino, MD, with wife, rom Milan, Italy, and Professor Andy Goren, MD, from Rome, Italy


With Drs.Chang-Hun Huh, MD, PhD, from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea, Geang Seong Choi, MD, PhD, Inha University Medical Center, Korea, Kuniyoshi Yagyu, MD, with wife (center), Shinsaku Kawada, MD, PhD, Professor Shigeki Inui, MD, PhD, Dr. Sotaro Kurata, MD, and Professor Akio Sato, MD, PhD (from left to right)


Traditional Japanese Koto performance on the occasion of the Congress Gala






Idylic river scene in Bican historical area, Kurashiki, Okayama


Himeji Castle, World Cultural Heritage Site, and National Treasure of Japan


On the Shinkansen from Okayama to Kyoto with Drs. Chang-Hun Hu, Geang Seong Choi, and Sotaro Kurata (from left to right)





At the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku). Its arson in 1950 is the topic of Japanese author Yukio Mishima’s (1925-1970) book “The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” (1956), in which a young Buddhist acolyte afflicted with an ugly face becomes obsessed with beauty and the urge to destroy it. The temple was rebuilt in 1955


With Professor Akio Sato, MD, PhD, at Kiyomizu Temple. The temple is Part of the historic monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. The main hall has a large veranda, that juts out over the hillside and offers impressive views


Colorful leaves (koyo) are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous koyo spots both in the mountains and in the cities


Ancient Kyoto by night: stone paved street, rikshaw, and night lanterns. Built in AD 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was The imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens


At traditional Japanese restaurant in Ancient Kyoto: “The moon is the guide,Come this way to my house, So says the host of a wayside inn”, Haiku by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)





“Maiko’s gracefulness:
Flowers bud out of her hair
Sweetness in her words”

Haiku by Ralph M. Trüeb





Maiko is an apprentice Geiko (or Geisha) in Kyoto. Their jobs consist of performing songs, dances, and playing the shamisen (three-stringed Japanese instrument) for visitors during feasts. Maiko are usually aged 15 to 20 years old  play the shamisen, and become Geiko after learning how to dance the Traditional Japanese dance, and learning Kyō-kotoba (dialect of Kyoto)


At Japanese bar ‘maru-ume’ (round plum) in Gion, Kyoto. This bar used to be a traditional ‘ochaya’ teahouse and place for playing with Geisha and Maiko. “Oh, what a lovely pose!” she said, leering from the side. “Was that appearance or reality, Sensei?” From 1986 Shusaku Endo novel “Scandal” telling the story of a Catholic writer struggling with aging and the feeling that he yet has to write his magnum opus


Back home: Bonsai Tree and Japanese stone lantern on terrace at Center for Dermatology and Hair Diseases.





Abstracts:



29.11.2014 10:43

Visit of Melanie Macpherson, MD, from Lima, Peru, for traineeship in Trichology, November 1st through 28th 2014


Testimonial: „Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets" said Leonardo da Vinci. I came for a trichology traineeship, but not only did I learn about hair and scalp diseases, but Prof. Trüeb taught me also that exhaustion is not admitted when you are committed and passionate for what you do. Fear only ignorance and the lack of ability to keep learning new things. When the right choice is made, even if the outcome is not what you expected, do not regret it,  but keep an open mind for new possibilities. I learned very unique life lessons from the excellent, dedicated, and wholehearted family of Dr. Trüeb’s practice and for that I am thankful” (Dr. Melanie Macpherson).


Welcome to Switzerland! Sunday excursion to the Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln (bottom left). The famous shrine incorporates  the relics of St. Meinrad (797-861), the miraculous Black Madonna statue (its dark colour is traditionally explained by years of candle smoke), and a Benedictine Abbey. The Salve Regina is the daily highlight of religious ceremonies in Einsiedeln. Following the Gregorian Vesper celebrations in the choir, the monks march in a solemn procession to the Lady Chapel an sing there the chant of the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen).




21.11.2014 19:23

Hair India 2014, 3rd International Congress of Trichology. The Leela, Chennai, India, August 29th-31st, 2014

‘The senses are superior to matter; mind is higher than the senses; and higher than the mind is intelligence; but the soul is still higher’
(Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 42)


Saraswati
is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, and wisdom depicted as a beautiful woman to embody the concept of knowledge as supremely alluring. It is believed that Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of speech, Wisdom, and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness, and ego. In practice, educated people worship her for knowledge and wisdom.


The Lamp of Wisdom and Professor Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni giving lecture on “Low Level Laser Therapy of Pattern Hair Loss” (Ref. Munck A, Gavazzoni MF, Trüeb RM. Use of low-level laser therapy as monotherapy or concomitant therapy for male and female androgenetic alopecia. Int J Trichology 2014;6:45-9).


Professor Trüeb giving lecture on “Red Scalp, Trichodynia, and Scalp Burn-Out” (Ref. Trüeb RM. North American Virginian Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)- Based Scalp Care and Protection for Sensitive Scalp, Red Scalp, and Scalp Burn-Out. Int J Trichology 2014;6:100-3).



With faculty (from left to right): Jerry Shapiro, MD, from Vancouver, Canada, and New York, USA, Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and Sundaram Murugusundram, MD, from Chennai, India (Secretary of Indian Hair Research Society, and Congress President of Hair India 2014).


Lecturing in Mumbai (with Webinar) on “Comprehensive Management of Hair Loss:
What is the Missing Link?” (sponsored by Abbott Health Care, India).




Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi. Humayun (1508-1556) was the second Mughal Emperor. The tomb was commissioned by his first wife Bega Begum, and designed by a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.



Krishna with Radha (ISKCON Temple, Delhi). Radha Krishna are collectively known within Hinduism as the combination of both the feminine as well as the masculine [aspects of God. With Krishna, Radha is acknowledged as the Supreme Goddess, for it is said that she controls Krishna with Her love. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha enchants even Him. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all.


Abstracts:



9.11.2014 20:53

DermaCosmètica Congreso 2014, October 15th - 18th 2014, Mexico City, Mexico


Professor Trüeb with Professor Javier Ruiz from Mexico City, Mexico


Lecturing on “State of the Art in Management of Aloepcia”



At the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacán


At the (New) Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Holding a Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican Hairless Dog)


Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the New Basilica




9.11.2014 20:03

23rd EADV (European Academy of Dermatology) Congress, 8th-12th October 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Professor Trüeb at Amsterdam RAI Exhibition & Convention Centre


Lecturing on “How Do I Treat Hair Loss”



Lecturing on “Spotlights on Hair Diseases and Scalp Disorders”


Q&A with international attendees from the audience



Co-chairing session on “Scarring Alopecia” with Professors Ulrike Blume-Peytavi from Berlin, Germany (right) and Pascale Reygane from Paris, France (left)


With Doctors Melanie MacPherson from Lima, Peru (left), and Andréia Munck from Sao Paolo, Brazil (right)



Visit at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam


At one of the many Amsterdamer Grachten


Interview on Patient Compliance Issues in Psoriasis at the Prinsen Gracht:

Interview with Professor Trüeb

Oral Presentations (Abstracts):




4.11.2014 15:37

Advanced Hair Course, Warsaw, Poland, 4. 10. 2014


View on Old Town of Warsaw



Professor Lidia Rudnicka, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Dermatology,  Warsaw, Poland, with Professor Trüeb


Professor Trüeb giving lecture on “How I Treat Hair Loss”


With Professor Rudnicka for traditional Polish Dinner




4.11.2014 14:37

96. Jahresversammlung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Dermatologie, Basel, 4.-6. 9. 2014


Kongress Center Basel




Professor Trüeb beim Vortrag „Therapie der nicht-vernarbenden Alopezien“ (Vorsitzende: Prof. Dr. med. L, French, Zürich,  und Prof. Dr. med. P. Itin, Basel)

Vortrag (Zusammenfassung):




2.10.2014 9:47

Visit of Dr. Chuchai Tanglertsampan, M.D., Board of Dermatology, Instructor, Mae Fah Luang University, School of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand, September 30th through October  6th 2014


Testimonial: „I have studied Professor Trüeb’s books on hair, and now enjoy the unique opportunity of visiting him in his practice in Switzerland on the occasion of the upcoming 2014 EADV meeting in Amsterdam. We both share a deep enthusiasm for hair and the quest for excellence in the management of alopecia and related disorders.” (Dr. Tanglertsampan)




27.07.2014 18:17

24. Fortbildungswoche für praktische Dermatologie und Venerologie, München, 19.-25. Juli 2014 

Mittagsseminar: „Behandlung von Haarausfall: Systematisches Vorgehen in der Praxis und neue Erkenntnisse zu Wirkstoffen und Therapie“

 


Prof. Ralph Trüeb zusammen mit Ko-Referenten Dr. Andreas Finner, Berlin (links), und Dr. Harry Abts, Frankfurt (Mitte)


Beim Vortrag: „Erfolgreiche Behandlung von diffusem Haarausfall: Individualisierte und Pathogenese-orientierte Therapie unter Berücksichtigung der Wirkmechanismen Cystin-haltiger Kombinationspräparate“.

Mops „Paco“ im Hotel Mandarin Oriental München


Vortrag: „Erfolgreiche Behandlung von diffusem Haarausfall: Individualisierte und Pathogenese-orientierte Therapie unter Berücksichtigung der Wirkmechanismen Cystin-haltiger Kombinationspräparate“



28.06.2014 22:17

Visit of Agnieszka Gerkowicz, MD, PhD, from Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Pediatric Dermatology, Medical University of Lublin, Poland, for traineeship in Trichology, June 02-30 2014


Dr. Agnieszka Gerkowicz receiving certificate of Trichology Traineeship from Prof. Trüeb



29.05.2014 20:31


8th WORLD CONGRESS FOR HAIR RESEARCH, May 14th-17th 2014, Jeju Island, Korea


Congress opening ceremony

 


Welcome address of Congress President, Professor Won-Soo Lee, Co-author of: Trüeb, Lee. Male Alopecia. Springer 2014


Professor Trüeb at  ICC Jeju



Giving lecture on “Superiority of Combination Treatment Over Monotherapy for Female Alopecia”


With Professors Byung In Ro, Goyang, Republic of Korea (Chair), and Jerry Shapiro, Vancouver, Canada, and New York, USA (Co-Chair), in Symposium on “Cicatricial Alopecia”


With Professors Maria Hordinsky, Minneapolis, USA, and Lidia Rudnicka, Warsaw, Poland, at “Picnic Lunch with Pacific Spirit”



Wonders of Nature: Jusangjeolli Cliffs


At the “Spirited Garden”: petrified tree trunks


At the “Spirited Garden”: with Jeju-typical Dol hareubangs



With Professor Aida Gadzhigoroeva from Moscow, Russia, Co-Author of “Superiority of Combination Treatment Over Monotherapy for Female Alopecia”


At Jeju Folk Village: Shaman’s House  


Interior view of Shaman’s House


Oral Presentations (Abstracts):

Poster: 




20.05.2014 23:25

MINTOP HAIR SUMMIT 2014, April 30th – May 5th 2014, India:
Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai



‘Where the ships rode at anchor bent to the point of breaking laden as they were with wealth, big trunked elephants, and gems of nine varieties in heaps’
(from an 8th century Tamil text written by Thirumangai Alvar)


Professor Trüeb lecturing on “Female Pattern Hair Loss. Clinicotherapeutic Update and Controversies”


With faculty at Chennai (from left to right): Drs. P. Yesudian, S. Murugusundram, and G. Ravichandran


With faculty at Bangalore (from left to right): Drs. A. Abraham, B.S. Chandrashekar, S. Sachidanand, and R. Dhurat


With Dr. Rachita Dhurat from Mumbai, in Bangalore at the ITC Windsor Manor



With faculty at Mumbai (from left to right): Drs. N. Patwardhan, S. Mutalik, R. Dhurat, S. Murugusundram, and S. Sattur


With Dr. Sandeep Sattur at his office in Mumbai




In front of the Taj Palace Hotel, Mumbai


At the Gateway of India, Mumbai




10.04.2014 03:00

Tibetan Carved 5 Ganesha Naga Conch Shell Sankha



Purchased on January 6th 2014

The conch or the shankh is generally acklowedged to represent the most ancient blown instrument. In Hinduism, the shankha is a sacred emblem of the Hindu preserver god Vishnu. According to Indian mythology, the demon Shankhasura defeated the Gods, and the Vedas were lost to the bottom of the ocean. The devas appealed to Lord Vishnu for help. In his fish incarnation Matsya Avataara, the Lord defeated Shankhasura, and shaped from the demon’s head and ear the conch. When Lord Vishnu blew the conch, the „Om“ sound emanated from it, and from this the Vedas re-emerged. Therefore, all knowledge enshrined in the Vedas is understood to be an elaboration of „Om“. The conch is thus named after Shankhasura. It is still used as a trumpet in Hindu ritual, and in the past was used as a war trumpet. In the Mahabharata, the blowing of the conch in the morning heralded the start of warfare on the battle field of Kurukshetra, and the close of the day was signaled once more by the blowing of the Shankh. 

The sonorous sound of the conch, its spiral form, and the sound of the ocean represent the beginning of existence: The blowing of the conch salutes and honors the Lord of Creation. It was the divine sound "Om" and primordial sound of creation. Therefore, devotees blow the Shankh before the supreme God with sentiments of welcoming Him in their hearts at the beginning of worship. The blowing of the conch is said to purify the environment from evil, and the sound from the conch is acknowledged to awaken one from ignorance, and increase positive attributes in the atmosphere, such as: courage, hope, determination, will-power, and optimism, ultimately bringing good luck, and prosperity.

The spiral form of the conch represents the infinite space that gradually expands in a clock-wise direction, and is symbolic of the human journey through birth, life, and reincarnation. Ultimately, the shell's hard casing is understood to protect life. 

„Shankham" also derives etymologically from Sanskrit "Shum" which means something good, and "Kham" meaning water. Therefore, Shankam is the conch holding the sacred water. The water from the Shankha is said to purify the sinner, and is believed to cure ailments which cannot be cured by other medicines. Therefore, Shankha powder is also used in several Ayurvedic medicines.

This example of a Conch Shell Sankha is adorned with the elephant-headed deity Ganesha in five varied postures.

Unlike other deities, the depiction of Ganesha shows wide variations and specific patterns changing over the ages. Ganesha is a popular deity of the Hindu pantheon, that is widely worshiped. His image is found throughout India and Nepal, and devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused, extending beyond India and to Buddhists. Although he is known by many attributes, Ganesha's elephant head makes him easy to identify. One of his popular forms, Heramba-Ganapati, has five elephant heads. Ganesha is revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and is therefore also invoked as patron of letters and learning.

Chinese Kraak Blue and White Porcelain Charger, Wanli Period (Late Ming Dynasty)



In Chinese Buddhism, the conch shell signifies a prosperous journey.

This fine piece of Chinese Kraak ware acquired at auction depicts a conch rising out of the waves of the sea.

It originates from the Captain M. Hatcher Collection of sunken cargo. In 1999, Hatcher succeeded to make one of the biggest shipwreck finds of the 20th century, the cargoes of which have provided valuable scholarly information. The immense treasure of Chinese Porcelain dating from the 15th through 19th century salvaged from the South China Sea was recovered from the Chinese Junk Tek Sing („True Star“) that sank in 1822. The Tek Sing was one of the last of the great Chinese ocean-going junks, part of a tradition stretching back to the days of early Ming Dynasty fleet admiral Zheng He (1371–1433) and the legendary Treasure Ships. The Tek Sing was a maritime disaster of epic proportions with nearly 2,000 people on board when it sank, and has come to be labelled the „Titanic of the East“.

Crystal glass, laser etched, from Santiago de Compostela, Spain



In Christianity the scallop shell is the emblem of St. James, the patron Saint of pilgrims, so the shell came to symbolize a pilgrimage.

A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a location of importance to an individual’s creed and faith. Originally, Christian pilgrimage was made to sites related to the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of the Christ. Later, pilgrimages began to be made also to places associated with the Apostles, Saints, and Christian martyrs, as well as with apparitions of the Holy Mary.

A popular pilgrimage site of the past and present is Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, Spain, in reference to the Apostle St. James the Greater. Recently, it has gained much popularity through contemporary film and literature, such as literature Nobel Prize laureate Paul Coelho’s „O Diario De Um Mago“ (1987), American Actress Shirley Maclaine’s „The Camino. A Journey of the Spirit“ (2000), German entertainer Hape Kerkeling’s „Ich bin dann mal weg. Meine Reise auf dem Jakobsweg“ (2006), and American drama film „The Way“ (2010), directed, produced and written by Emilio Estevez, starring his father Martin Sheen.

This example of a laser etched glass (by SEYART, Spain), representing the scallop shell, emblem of St. James the Greater, is a souvenir from Santiago de Compostela, presented by a patient to Professor Trüeb as a token of gratitude.




07.01.2014 16:00


New Acquisitions:



Icon of Saint Onuphrius

Russian Orthodox
Russia, 18th Century
Paint on wood
Dimensions: H x W: 36 x 15.5 cm

An icon is a religious work of art from Eastern Christianity,. In the icon-painting Christian traditions, the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting Jesus, Mary, the Saints, Angels, or the Holy Cross. In stark contrast to pagan art, creating free-standing, three-dimensional sculptures of holy figures was resisted by Christian tradition throughout centuries out of the belief that demons inhabited the respective sculptures. In obedience to the commandment to withhold producing graven images, Orthodox icons may never exceed three-quarter bas relief.

In the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition there are reports of particular, wonderworking icons that emanate myrrh (a fragrant oil believed to be Holy), or perform miracles upon petition by believers. They are understood as miracles performed by God through the intereception of the respective Saint depicted on the icon, rather than result from magical properties of the painted wood itself. Therefore, all icons are considered to be sacred from a theological point of view, and are supposed to be miraculous by nature, at the same time repredenting a means of spiritual communion between the earthly and heavenly realms.

St. Onuphrius was one of the Desert Fathers who made such a deep impression on Eastern spirituality, around the time that Christianity was emerging as the dominant faith in the Roman Empire of the third and fourth centuries. At the time, Christians felt compelled to go out into the bearness of the desert to live in prayer in a harsh environment of extreme heat and cold, with little to eat or drink, and surrounded by dangerous animals and robbers. It is uncertain when Onuphrius exactly lived.

The account of Paphnutius the Ascetic, who encountered him in the Egyptian desert, forms the sole source for our knowledge of the life of Saint Onuphrius. According to this account, Paphnutius undertook a pilgrimage to study the hermits’ way of life. Wandering through the desert, on the 17th day, Paphnutius came across a wild figure covered in hair, and only with a loincloth of leaves. Frightened, Paphnutius fled, but the figure called him back, crying: “Come down to me, man of God, for I am a man also, dwelling in the desert for the love of God.” Paphnutius turned back to the wild figure, who introduced himself as Onuphrius and explained that he once had been a monk at a large monastery in the Thebaid, but now had  lived the life of a hermit for 70 years, enduring extreme thirst, hunger, and all the discomforts of the desert. He further explained that it was his guardian Angel who had brought him to this desolate place.  Paphnutius accompanied Onuphrius to his hermit’s cell, and they conversed until sunset, when bread and water miraculously was found on the outside of the cell. They spent the night together in prayer, and in the morning Paphnutius discovered that Onuphrius was near death. Paphnutius asked the hermit if he should occupy his  cell after his death, but Onuphrius told him “that may not be, thy work is in Egypt with thy brethren." Onuphrius though asked Paphnutius for a memorial with incense in Egypt in remembrance of him, then blessed the traveler, and finally passed away. Due to the rocky ground, Paphnutius could not dig a grave, and therefore covered Onuphrius’ body in a cloak, leaving the hermit’s body in a cleft among the rock. At that moment, Onuphrius’ cell crumbled, which Paphnutius understood to be a sign that he should not remain.

Images of St. Onuphrius were conflated with those of the medieval “wild man". In art, he is depicted as a wild man covered with hair, wearing a girdle of leaves.

In „Beneath the nimbus – the hair of Saints“, Arch Dermatol 2010:46:764, Trüeb and Navarini referred to the hair of St. Onuphrius as symbolizing withdrawal from worldly concerns and vanities.

Purchased on December 19th 2013


Healing scroll

Ethiopian Orthodox
Ethiopia
Parchment, ink
Dimensions: H x W: 236 x 9 cm


While the West understands medicine and art to represent separate realms, Ethiopians consider them to be closely connected. Challenging our narrow view on art, Ethiopians deem artworks to be active forces that ensure health. The power of Ethiopian artworks to heal believers reveals an interrelationship between art and religious faith, and their effect on physical and mental health.

In Ethiopia, customized protective scrolls that entwine sacred imagery with textual prayers have been prescribed by traditional healers for over two thousand years. These were carried by the individual to whom they were specifically given to shield them from harm. The iconography of the scrolls include representations of Saints and of talismanic seals that were modelled on the seal of God revealed to King Solomon.  The respective seals feature geometric patterns and stylized representations of multiple faces or eyes that indicate prayers for divine intervention. Healing scrolls usually have the form of long, narrow, and often segmented, vertical strips of parchment covered with handwritten texts (protective prayers, and spell-casting formulas) combined with the aforementioned images.

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has always scrutinized the art with suspicion, in part because it mixes canonically sacred with heterodox elements: figures of warrior-Saints and of Archangels rub shoulders with uncouth demons, and talismanic designs derived in part from Islamic, Judaic and pre-Christian folk sources, mix with New Testament quotations.

This fine piece is punctuated both by the image of Archangel Michael, and by the image of an eight-pointed star, known as Solomon’s Seal, with a pair of starting eyes at its center, and other eyes jutting from the sides like wings. Eyes, meant to spot evil and stare it down, abound in this art, in abstract patterns but also in the faces of Angels and devils whose identities can be difficult to tell apart.

What is apparent in every detail of the object is a believed-in vivacity that was created to generate live spiritual power in the material world.  Out of this reason,  devotees would carry healing scrolls everywhere during the day, and at night would hang them spread out on the walls of their homes. 

In all religious traditions, written or graphic inscription are endowed with sacred attributes, for they are considered both the embodiment of the Divine, and a powerful means for transmitting religious teachings. The capacity of the written word to bring about change in people's lives lends itself to contexts of divination, healing, and other forms of spiritual mediation, in addition to prayer, devotion and states of heightened awareness. Ultimately, written works of art communicate meaning through the mystical powers and attributes of words, letters, and graphic symbols. Both in the past and today, specific forms of writing and graphic design are usually the domain of highly trained and religious practitioners in Africa,. Those who mastered writing and the ability to utilize it for particular purposes, possessed the literacy that enabled them to serve as spiritual mediators between ordinary people and the particular knowledge and powers encoded in the scripts. The writing on healing scrolls is based on the ancient Ethiopian Ge'ez script, often in combination with pseudo-letters from modified Greek forms.

The parchment used for healing scrolls was made from the skin of a sheep that was sacrificed for the benefit of the patient. The scroll had to match the patient's height to protect him from head to toe. Its contents are prayers against demons or possessing spirits, lines from Gospels, petitions to the Saints for protection, and recitations of the various names of God. The texts alternate with visual images, such as Angels, demonic faces with large staring eyes, a grid with a central face, and the net of Solomon, with which the Biblical king caught demons.


Purchased on December 23rd 2013


Reliquary

Roman Catholic
Southern Germany, ca. 1800
Wood, inlaid with bone, in the form of the Crucifix with God Father, the Holy Spirit, God Son, and the Holy Mother (frontside), and instruments of Christ’s passion (backside)
Content: Relics of St. Aurelia, St. Venturiano (?), St. Crescentia (Höss), and St. Catherine (?)
Dimensions: H x W: 24 x 9 cm

A reliquary is a container for relics. These may be the physical remains of saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or some object associated with saints or other religious figures. Reliquaries provide a means of protecting and displaying relics, which many believe are endowed by God with the grace of miraculous powers.

The use of reliquaries became an important part of Christian practices from at least the 4th century on, and are venerated in the Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic. and some Anglican Churches. In the late Middle Ages the craze for relics, many now fraudulent, became extreme, and was criticized by many otherwise conventional churchmen. 16th-century reformers such as Martin Luther opposed the use of relics since many had no proof of historic authenticity, and they objected to the cult of saints. Many reliquaries, particularly in northern Europe, were destroyed during the Reformation. Nonetheless, the use and manufacture of reliquaries continues to this day, especially in Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian countries.

They range in size from simple pendants or rings to coffin-like containers, to very elaborate ossuaries. Many were designed with portability in mind, often being exhibited in public or carried in procession on the saint's feast day or on other holy days. Pilgrimages often centered around the veneration of relics. The faithful often venerate relics by bowing before the reliquary or kissing it. Those churches which observe the veneration of relics make a clear distinction between the honor given to the Saints and the worship that is due to God alone.

Purchased on December 30th 2013


(The objects may be viewed at special request and by appointment) 





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19.11.2013 19:00


EADV (European Academy of Dermatology) Fostering Training Course Hair & Scalp, Bologna, IT, 15-17 November, 2013



Towers of Bologna (Asinella and Garisenda)                                                   
As when one sees the tower called Garisenda from underneath its leaning side, and then a cloud passes over and it seems to lean the more, thus did Antaeus seem to my fixed gaze as I watched him bend...  Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy, Inferno, XXXI, 136-140



Prof. Ralph Trüeb together with Profs. Bianca Maria Piraccini (left) and Antonella Tosti (right), and Dr. Cosimo Misciali (far right) from the University of Bologna Department of Dermatology






The University of Bologna  is recognized as the oldest university in continuous operation, considering that it was the first to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters which came to define the institution.


Lecturing on “Telogen Effluvium” in the Aula Murri at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, Scuola di Medicina e Chirurgia





11.11.2013 16:00



100 YEARS SWISS SOCIETY FOR DERMATOLOGY AND VENEREOLOGY (SSDV)

On the occasion of the centennial of the SSDV a book on the “Spirit and Soul of Swiss Dermatology and Venereology 1913-2013”

was issued, in which Professor Ralph M. Trüeb contributed the chapter on “Trichology in Switzerland”.

Book Chapter:




07.11.2013 11:00


NEW BOOK RELEASE 2014 IN SPRINGER SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS


The third in the Trüeb Trilogy, besides Aging Hair (Springer 2010) and  Female Alopecia. Guide to Successful Management (Springer 2013), is expected to be released on the occasion of 8th World Congress for Hair Research, May 14-17, 2014, Jeju Island, Korea.

Good medical practice means integrating expert opinion with the best available external evidence from evidence based medicine. The aim of this monograph is to provide physicians with interest in hair with the practical know-how for successful management of hair loss in men..




14.10.2013 22:00



22nd EADV Congress, 2nd-6th October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey



Professor Ralph Trüeb, MD,  at the ICC Istanbul



Lecturing on “Spotlights on Hair Diseases and Scalp Disorders”


With international attendees from the audience (Courtesy of Professor Luca Borradori)


At the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, with Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio de Janeiro      




Mosaic portrait (c. 1118) of John II Comnenos (left) and Empress Irene (right) in the Hagia Sophia. Irene played little part in government, devoting herself to matters of piety. Irene died 1134 and was later venerated as Saint Irene.


Coronation spot (Omphalion), where the coronation of every Byzantine Basileus or Emperor, took place at the Hagia Sophia


The site of the Emperor’s throne (Metatorion) in the interior of the Hagia Sophia



Runic inscriptions (Viking graffitto) in Hagia Sophia's marble parapets in the upper gallery


At the Cisterna Basilica or “Sunken Palace”: It represents the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople).
Before being converted to a cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th  centuries as a commercial, legal and artistic centre. According to ancient
historians, Emperor Constantine originally built a structure that was later enlarged by Emperor Justinian. The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the
Great Palace of Constantinople  (and later Topkapi).



Located in the northwestern corner of the cistern, the bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the face of Medusa. Their origin is unknown, though it is thought that the heads were brought to the cistern after being removed from a building of the late Roman period. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways and inverted in order to annihilate the power of the Gorgons’ gaze to turn into stone, however it is
believed that one block was placed sideways only to be the proper size to support the the column, the other upside down because it would be the same height.

Oral Presentations (Abstracts):



30.08.2013 18:30


Dr. Andréia Munck receiving certificate of Trichology Traineeship from Prof. Trüeb




15.08.2013 16:30

New pet dog "Paco"


After almost 17 years, Jack Russell terrier "Lautrec" (left) passed away from metastasizing mast cell tumour. "Lautrec" became known from my lecture on seasonality of hair growth and shedding, since he drew my attention to the phenomenon in women who tended to come into my practice complaining of increased hair loss, whenever he was molting (Ref. Kunz M, Seifert B, Trüeb RM. Seasonality of hair shedding in healthy women complaining of hair loss. Dermatology 2009;219:105-110). His successor is "Paco", a black pug (right).




12.08.2013 21:29

Visit of Andréia Munck, M.D., from Institute of Dermatology Prof. R. D. Azulay, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, for traineeship in Trichology, August 02-31 2013


Dr. Andréia Munck with Professor Trüeb and most recent book release


Dr. Munck performing trichoscopic examination with photography in patient



Global photographic assessment


Plucking hair for trichogram


Evaluating the trichogram by light microscopy


Reading mycological culture




20.06.2013 18:29

Pantene Raindrop & Hair Research Institute Launch, Warsaw, Poland, June 12 2013, and 1st Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress – Eastern Europe, Moscow, Russia, June 14-15 2013


Professor Trüeb with  Marzena Rogalska, host (left), Martyna Kostrzyńska, P&G Communication (right), and Jeni Thomas, PhD (far right) at Pantene Raindrop & Hair Research Institute Launch, Warsaw, Poland


With Professor Lidia Rudnicka, MD, PhD, Chairman, Department of Dermatology CSK MSW,
Warsaw, Poland, at Restaurant “Rozana” in Warsaw



With Drs. Adriana Rakowska, MD (left) and Marta Kurzeja, MD (right), co-workers of Professor Rudnicka


1st Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress – Eastern Europe 2013, World Trade Center, Moscow, Russia


Professor Trüeb at the Congress Center in Moscow



Giving lecture on “Latest Hair Investigations and Treatments” , with Dr. P. Bouhanna from Paris (chair)


“On the air” for expert interview on hair aging and ant-aging in Moscow, Russia


At the traditional “Café Pushkin” in Moscow



View onto the Red Square from the Executive Lounge at the Hotel Ritz Carlton Moscow




20.06.2013 15:52

Oesterreichische Akademie für Dermatologische Fortbildung, 30. Mai – 1. Juni 2013, Salzburg (Österreich)


Professor Trüeb beim Vortrag über “Neuste Trichologische Erkenntnisse für die Praxis“


Beim Rollenspiel mit gespielter Haarpatientin: „Herr Doktor, mir fallen die Haare aus…“


Zusammen mit Frau Mag. U. Della Schiava-Winkler, Academy 4 Socialskills, Wien, links, und Frau Dr. med. V. Lang, Medizinisch- wissenschaftliche Leitung, L'Oréal Österreich



Mit Frau Univ.Prof. Dr. G. Ginter-Hanselmayer, LKH-Univ.Klinikum Graz (aussen links),
Dr. med. univ. A.M. Convalexius (mit neuster Bucherscheinung von Prof. Trüeb in der Hand)
und Frau Dr. med. V. Lang (rechts)




21.05.2013 18:42

7th World Congress for Hair Research, 4th-6th May 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland


Professor Ralph Trüeb, MD, with Xingqi Zhang, MD, from the First Affiliated Hospital Of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, at Edinburgh Castle


Traditional bag-pipe welcome reception at Edinburgh Castle




Co-chairing with Vera Price, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, USA


Lecturing on “The Difficult Hair Patient: A Special
Challenge”


With Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio de Janeiro. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known as active oral history in Edinburgh, through books, and because a prominent commemorative statue acts as a tourist attraction.


With Amy McMichael, MD, Maria Hordinsky, MD, and Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD,(from left to right), Members of the Pantene Hair Research Alliance







Oral Presentation (Publication):



20.03.2013 18:54

Von den Spezialisten für die Spezialisten
Donnerstag, 14.03.2013, UniversitätsSpital Zürich

Programm:



11.03.2013 12:24

Firmung, 09.03.2013, Kathedrale St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Chur


Professor Trüeb mit Bischof Vitus Huonder und Firmpatin Edith Trüeb (rechts)


Empfang des heiligen Sakraments der Firmung



Mit Vikar Theo Füglistaller, Herz Jesu Kirche Oerlikon, und Bischof Vitus Huonder, Bistum Chur






08.03.2013 16:22

71st Annual Meeting, American Academy of Dermatology, Miami Beach, Fla., USA, March 1-5, 2013


The Miami Beach Convention Center


Welcome to the 71st Annual Meeting of the AAD


Professor Trüeb with Jerry Shapiro, MD, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Symposium Director, World Congress of Dermatology 2015 Countdown and Preview


Lecturing on “Hair Update: Is there anything new that will change my practice?”



Lecture: “Hair Update: Is there anything new that will change my practice?”


Q & A , together with Mihael Skerlev, MD, from Zagreb, Croatia


With Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio de Janeiro, on South Beach



With Amadé Bregy, MD, PhD, from Miami, Fla., author of: No association between serum ferritin levels >10 microg/l and hair loss activity in women. Dermatology 2008;217:1-6.

Lecture Abstract:

Interviews:



29.01.2013 13:36

Luzerner Kapellbrücke (freundlicherweise überlassen durch Dr. phil. Roman Marek, Berlin)

2nd Swiss Derma Day, Donnerstag, 24. Januar 2013, Luzern


Prof. Trüeb spricht über Aphthen: „Warnsignale, diagnostische und therapeutische Algorithmen“




13.12.2012 18:07

15. Symposium PERSPEKTIVEN der psychiatrischen Therapie 2012
Freitag, 7. Dezember 2012, UniversitätsSpital Zürich


Publikation:



10.12.2012 20:05


Neu Kunst (Inuit) Akquisitionen in der Praxis:


„Sedna under Umiak“ von Faber Jonasie (Canadian Arctic Gallery Grunder, Basel)


„Transformation“ von Judas Ullulaq, 1974  (Gallerie Central,  Zürich)



10.12.2012 19:41


Annual P&G Beauty VisionHouse Event at Shangri-La Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 4 & 5, 2012


The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Professor Trüeb with Mrs.  Elena Bulgakova, P&G Communications Hair Care CEEMEA


Professor Trueb with Mrs. Jeni Thomas, PhD from P&G at the Q & A Session on hair aging and future directions (see PDF below for discussion in detail)

Q & A session on Aging Hair.

Presenting Pantene Pro-V Hair Research Institute.




25.11.2012 14:04


NEW BOOK RELEASE 2013 IN SPRINGER SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS


20 years of personal experience together with evidence based medical practice culminate in the ultimate textbook on successful management of hair loss in women.




05.11.2012 8:32


Hair India 2012, 2nd International Congress of Trichology. Radisson Resort Temple Bay, Chennai, September 7th - 9th, 2012


Secretary of Indian Hair Research Society, S. Murugusundram (far left) and International Faculty at Opening Ceremony (from left to right): P. and P.D. Yesudian, D. Tobin, R. Trüeb, A. Khaiar, V. Randall, Z. Draelos, and A. Messenger


Professor Trüeb lecturing on “Trichoscopy as a Tool in Pattern Hair Loss”





Professor Trüeb receiving token of recognition form Doctor Bakhtiar Kamal from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Chair of session on Hair & Nutrition


At social gathering at Radisson Resort Temple Bay,
Mahabalipuram



Professor Trüeb lecturing on “Role of Nutritional Supplement in Management of Hair Loss” in Dheli


At the Taj Mahal with Mr. Prashant Mistry from Cipla



Professor Trüeb in Q & A Session on Role of Nutritional Supplement in Management of Hair Loss in Mumbai



Professor Trüeb (center) at the Chennai Skin Foundation & Yesudian Research Institute, together with Doctor Murugusundram (far left) and Professor Yesudian (right)


Professor Trüeb examining patient together with Professor Yesudian at the Chennai Skin Foundation & Yesudian Research Institute


With Doctor Murugusundram, Secretary of Indian Hair
Research Society, and Congress President of Hair India 2012

Abstracts:



17.10.2012 18:29


2nd International Hair Surgery Master Course, EMAA 2012, 8th European Congress, October 12-14, 2012, Paris, France


Prof. Trüeb lecturing on „Ageing Male and Female Hair Loss and Alopecia”


With Docteur Pierre Bouhanna, MD, Paris


Abstracts:



05.10.2012 19:38


21st European Academy of Dermatology Congress, 27-30 September 2012, Prague Czech Republic


Prof. Trüeb, lecturing on Spotlights and Pearls in Hair and Scalp Disorders


With Maria Fernanda Gavazzoni, MD, PhD, from Rio de
Janeiro, on Charles Bridge


St. Vitus, Patron Saint of Bohemia, of actors, dancers, and entertainers in general. The cult of St. Vitus became very popular in Slavic lands, where his name Sveti Vid replaced the old cult of the god of light Svantovid (St. Vitus Dome, Prague).

Vortrag: “Spotlights and Pearls in Dermato-Venereology: Hair and Scalp Disorders”



05.10.2012 19:05


Österreichische Gesellschaft für Dermatologische Kosmetik und Altersforschung (ÖGDKA) und Arbeitsgruppe für Ästhetische Dermatologie und Kosmetologie (ÖGDV) Wien, Freitag, 21.09. & Samstag, 22.09.2012, „Herausforderungen in der Ästhetischen Dermatologie“




04.10.2012 17:24


67th Congress and Centennial Celebration of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
September 1st-4th, 2012

Rio de Janeiro, Helicopter view

Rio de Janeiro, Helicopter view

Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city

Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city

Prof. Trüeb (center) at the congress with representatives of Biolab and Merz

Prof. Trüeb (center) at the congress with representatives of Biolab and Merz

Vortrag: “Hair Loss: New Insights and Implications in Clinical Practice”



24.07.2012 22:45

23. Fortbildungswoche für praktische Dermatologie und Venerologie, München, 22.-27. Juli 2012

Mittagsseminar: „Die zufriedene Haarpatientin - eine Chance für Ihre Praxis“


Prof. Ralph Trüeb zusammen mit Ko-Referenten Dr. Andreas Finner, Berlin

Vortrag: „Kommunikation mit HaarPatientinnen: Eine besondere Herausforderung“



11.07.2012 19:35

16th Annual Meeting European Hair Research Society Barcelona, Spain, June 21-23, 2012


Professor Trüeb, Co-Chair and Lecturer on Scarring Alopecia (Inflammatory Phenomena and Fibrosis in Androgenetic Alopecia)



09.01.2012 17:55

Die Sendung TOP MED vom 15.12.2011 auf TELE TOP befasste sich mit dem Thema
"Schuppen". Herr Prof. Ralph Trüeb wurde als Gastredner eingeladen.


Die Sendung:



08.12.2011 13:00

20th European Academy of Dermatology Congress, 20-24 October 2011, Lisbon Portugal


Professor Trüeb, Co-Chair and Lecturer on Common HairProblems in Daily Practice



08.12.2011 11:20

EADV (European Academy of Dermatology) Fostering Training Course Hair & Scalp, Bologna, IT, 18-20 November, 2011


Prof. Ralph Trüeb (second from left) together with Drs. Pier Allessandro Fanti, Bianca Maria Piraccini, and Cosimo Misciali
(from left to right) from the University of Bologna Department of Dermatology



02.06.2011 14:14

15th European Hair Research Society Meeting in Jerusalem, 6-9 July 2011



27.06.2011 19:09

22nd World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea



17.01.201121:11

Puls zum Thema "Haarausfall"



15.01.2011 18:16

Gesundheits Sprechstunde Thema "Hauterkrankungen"



12.11.2010 20:00

Eröffnungsapéro

Wir danken allen Gästen die so zahlreich an unserem Eröffnungsapéro erschienen sind!




22.10.2010 08:00

Praxiseröffnung

Prof. Dr. med. Ralph M. Trüeb, Facharzt FMH für Dermatologie und Venerologie, Allergologie und klinische Immunologie, Lasertherapie FMCH, Fellow in Immunodermatology (University of Texas), Präsident European Hair Research Society

Ich freue mich, bekannt geben zu dürfen, dass ich nach 20-jähriger Tätigkeit und Leitung der Dermatologischen Poliklinik am Universitätsspital Zürich (USZ) meine selbständige Tätigkeit in eigener Praxis und Haarcenter im Zentrum Wallisellen aufgenommen habe.

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