Since it was created, L’Oréal Research & Innovation has been committed to advancing fundamental knowledge in the physiology of healthy skin and hair: with better understanding of the variety of signs affecting visible appearance, such as aging, depigmentation, skin dryness, etc., to design products to match the biological characteristics of the skin and hair, and enhance the well-being of each individual in their environment.
Nevertheless, numerous questions remain unanswered. The goal of the L’Oréal African Hair and Skin Research Grant is to feed this quest for knowledge, above and beyond simple financial support. At its own level, it also helps to promote African scientific excellence by supporting distinguished scientists, who are looking into fields yet unexplored, by allowing them to access the advice from a network of experts and offering them greater visibility.
In October 2019, L’Oréal granted three research grants to three African scientists for the value of their clinical work on the physiology of African skin and hair. These are:
Dr Abdelmajid KHELIF
Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal, for his project on the Factors associated with the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation during acne in a black population from Sub-Saharan Africa in Senegal
Dr Evanson KAMURI
Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya, for his project on the impact of air pollution on human skin: a transversal study in Kenya
Dr Ehiaghe ANABA
Lagos Teaching Hospital University, Lagos, Nigeria, for her project on a Community study on the trichoscopic prevalence, typology and results of hair loss in Lagos, Nigeria
The winners were selected from a shortlist of 31 applications, based on their scientific value, quality and originality of their research project, by a jury of 10 international African skin and hair experts.
“The medical department of L’Oréal created the L’Oréal African Hair and Skin Research Grant in 2013 to further knowledge about African skin and hair, foster medical partnerships and continue cooperation with scientific teams on the African continent”, declared Dr Michèle Verschoore, Medical Director, L’Oréal Research & Innovation.
Since its creation, the scheme has received projects from 8 Sub-Saharan African countries. The two previous winners, Dr Willem Visser on keloid acne in 2014, and Dr Khoza Nokubonga on centrifugal alopecia in 2016, were able to submit their work for publication in renowned international journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine.
For more than a century, L’Oréal has devoted its energy to the beauty business. With an international portfolio of 36 diverse and complementary brands, the Group made sales of 26.9 billion Euros in 2018 and employs 82,600 people around the world. A world leader in beauty, L’Oréal is present throughout all the distribution channels: the consumer market, department stores, pharmacies and para-pharmacies, retail travel, brand boutiques and e-commerce.
L’Oréal relies on its excellence in the fields of research and innovation and its 3,885 scientists to meet beauty aspirations all around the world. Through its “Sharing Beauty With All” programme, L’Oréal has made ambitious commitments to sustainable development right across the value chain by the year 2020.