We have a unique opportunity to merge nursing research with behavioral science and increase our knowledge of various salivary markers and what they can tell us.
University Park, PA (PRWEB) September 30, 2010
Salimetrics granted $50,000 to Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) Center for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research (CISBR). The purpose of the unrestricted funding is to help to increase collaboration between behavioral and biological scientists and to enable CISBR to pursue ideas quickly and increase access to tools that will train researchers in various fields how to analyze and apply salivary analytes to their work.
“Salivary research is a relatively new field, having been around for less than 20 years,” said CISBR Director Douglas A. Granger, PhD. “We have a unique opportunity to merge nursing research with behavioral science and increase our knowledge of various salivary markers and what they can tell us.”
Saliva is attractive to leading-edge researchers as a replacement for serum because of its ease of use and flexibility in difficult collection environments. According to Granger, saliva holds the key to examining biological elements such as hormones, oral health, reproductive health, DNA, infectious disease exposure, inflammation and more. Salivary analytics can be ideal for research because saliva collection is minimally invasive and pain-free for the patient or research subject, requires little training for the researcher, and can be performed quickly.
About Dr. Granger
Formerly a Professor of Biobehavioral Health, Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University, Granger is well-known for his development of methods related to saliva collection and analysis and the theoretical and statistical integration of salivary measures into emerging research areas. Granger is currently a full-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and serves as Senior Scientific and Strategy Advisor to Salimetrics, LLC., which he founded in 1998.
Founded in 1998, Salimetrics, LLC supports researchers and the immunodiagnostic industry and functional testing laboratories around the world with innovative salivary immunoassay products and services. Salimetrics measures stress biomarkers, including: alpha amylase, androstenedione, blood contamination, cortisol, c-reactive protein, DHEA, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, 17a-hydroxyprogesterone, secretory IgA, and testosterone and provides salivary DNA analysis.
Salimetrics is known by the salivary research community for its many outreach services: salivary assay training at its monthly Spit Camp, leading-edge saliva research in its semi-monthly Spit Report, salivary research grants, and proficiency testing for laboratories.
For more information about the JHU grant or about Salimetrics please contact Nena Ellis Koschny at 814.207.2354 or nena(at)gomarketingandpr(dot)com or visit Salimetrics on the web at: http://www.salimetrics.com
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