March 21, 2012

Challenges In Salivary Diagnostics

On March 22, during the 41st Annual Meeting & Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR), held in conjunction with the 36th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research, a symposium titled "Challenges in Salivary Diagnostics" will take place to discuss the issues with saliva collection and storage, proteomic analyses, and the growing interest and availability of commercial tests for salivary biomarkers.

Recently there has been a striking increase in published studies using salivary proteins and other oral biomarkers for diagnostic purposes. This symposium will provide an overview of the field of oral-based diagnostics and to discuss the challenges to investigators in working with saliva including issues of collection, standardization, storage of samples, quantitation of biomarkers and proteomic methods that are appropriate for this fluid.

During this symposium, researchers M. Navazesh, E. Helmerhorst and D. Granger will discuss the standardization of saliva diagnostic procedures, the challenges on salivary diagnostics and the relationship between proteome and saliva biology.


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