Since 2006 , Locks of Love has awarded a combined total of $1.2 Million to the University of Miami Department of Dermatology to fund research into alopecia areata. Portions of the grants will fund studies to be conducted with a new excismer laser. Mice who naturally develop alopecia in 20% of their population will afford the scientists their first study group. In addition, approval for treatment in 30 patients has already been received. The gift will also establish an endowment to conduct symposiums on the research findings. With these grants, Locks of Love is expanding its focus in hopes of new treatment possibilities for our recipients.