USF College of Nursing to Host Workshop on the Integration of Salivary Analytes into Scientific Studies

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The USF College of Nursing and Salimetrics, LLC are collaborating to present a lecture-based “Spit Camp Workshop,” which will be held at the University of South Florida, College of Nursing, on October 6th, 2011. Faculty and students who are interested in learning more about the basics of incorporating salivary analytes into their research are invited to attend this free presentation.

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Salimetrics Spit Camps have become very popular among researchers, because this type of instruction is not available anywhere else!

Researchers in the southern Florida area who are interested in learning about the integration of salivary analytes into their scientific studies are invited to attend a free 2-hour “Spit Camp Workshop” seminar on October 6th, 2011, which is being co-hosted by the University of South Florida College of Nursing and Salimetrics, LLC. The workshop will take place from 12:00-2:00 in room MDN 2002 at the USF College of Nursing.

The traveling Spit Camp Workshop from Salimetrics provides lecture-based training as well as a hands-on demonstration of saliva collection methods and devices. Led by a team leader from Salimetrics, attendees participate in coordinated and informative discussions on saliva techniques designed to insure the best possible results from their salivary assays. Researchers may also request individual time to discuss questions related to their projects with the Salimetrics team leader.

Topics covered in the workshop will include: oral fluids as biological specimens; an overview of saliva collection methods and devices; using proper collection, handling, storage, and shipping methods; awakening response and diurnal variation in analytes; and basics of enzyme immunoassay techniques used for assaying salivary analytes.

“Salimetrics Spit Camps have become very popular among researchers, because this type of instruction is not available anywhere else,” said Jennifer Jewell, Spit Camp Director. “Salivary measures can be a very powerful research tool, but they need to be conducted in a consistent and accurate manner to achieve credible results.”

To schedule a workshop at your university, please contact Jennifer Jewell at 800-790-2258 or send an email to To participate in an existing workshop, register online at:

About Salimetrics:

Founded in 1998, Salimetrics, LLC supports researchers, the immunodiagnostic industry, and functional testing laboratories around the world with innovative salivary immunoassay products and services. Salimetrics’ assay kits and CLIA-certified testing services measure biomarkers related to stress, behavior and development, inflammation, and immune function, including: alpha-amylase, androstenedione, blood contamination, chromogranin A, cortisol, cotinine, C-reactive protein, DHEA, DHEA-S, estradiol, estriol, estrone, IL-1b, IL-6, melatonin, progesterone, 17α-hydroxyprogesterone, secretory IgA, testosterone, and TNF-a. Salimetrics also provides salivary DNA analysis. The company is based in State College, Pennsylvania, with offices in the UK and distributors in Europe, Australasia, and South America. For more information, visit Salimetrics on the web at


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