Saliva testing has come a long ways since the 1980s, when it was first used for HIV screening. Today, advances in the field are being driven by the School of Social Ecology's Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research, which is developing new applications for salivary testing.
"We've now standardized how those samples should be collected and analyzed, and saliva just has a tremendous amount of biomarkers that can be used for diagnostics and screenings," Douglas Granger, chancellor's professor of psychology and social behavior, told the Orange County Business Journal.
The Institute is pushing past the basic research to more clinical research that can help the patients who need it the most, hiring new researchers and tackling novel questions. Read the story here.