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UW To Host Saliva Symposium

From December 4-6, some of the world's leading saliva researchers will gather at the University of Washington to discuss their work during the second annual North American Saliva Symposium

“Saliva is one of the most undervalued components of our body,” said Dr. Joel Berg, dean of the UW School of Dentistry. “It cleans the mouth and the teeth, helps prevent diseases, and separately serves as marker which can signal the presence or onset of systemic disease. There is new and exciting work which will make the use of salivary diagnostics routine to detect the status of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases."

The December symposium, which is hosted by the UW School of Dentistry and Oasis Diagnostics Corp., will feature three keynote speakers: 

Dr. David T.W. Wong, associate dean of research and director of the UCLA Center for Oral/Head and Neck Oncology Research, who will speak on salivary diagnostics and oncology.

Sarah Knox, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Cell & Tissue Biology at the University of California, San Francisco, who will speak on salivary gland organogenesis and regeneration.

John McDevitt, PhD, chairperson of biomaterials and biomimetics at New York University and chief scientific officer and founder of SensoDX, LLC, who will speak on salivary diagnostic devices.

The symposium will also include shorter presentations from other speakers, plus poster presentations, and will take place in Hogness Auditorium at the UW’s Magnuson Health Sciences Center

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UW Oral Pathology Biopsy Service Welcomes Dr. Yeshwant Rawal

Dr. Yeshwant Rawal, a board-certified oral pathologist with more than 25 years of experience, has joined the University of Washington Oral Pathology Biopsy Service (OPBS), Dr. Dolphine Oda, the service’s director, has announced. 
 
The OPBS, established in 1948, is Washington state’s only service specializing exclusively in oral and maxillofacial pathology, offering diagnostic and slide consultation to doctors and dentists. It serves nearly 900 practitioners as well as hospitals and surgical pathology laboratories throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its services include standard tissue processing and staining, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, immunocytochemistry and genetic testing.

Along with his work for the OPBS, Dr. Rawal will also teach pre-doctoral and post-doctoral UW dental students and will also teach continuing education courses for dental professionals, Dr. Oda said.  

Dr. Rawal holds advanced degrees in oral pathology from Gujarat University in India and oral biology from The Ohio State University, where he also served a residency in oral and maxillofacial pathology. He also holds appointments at the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. 

He is chair of the American Dental Education Association’s Oral Pathology Section and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. 

Dr. Rawal is co-author of Diagnosis and Management of Oral Lesions and Conditions: A Resource Handbook for the Clinician and has authored or co-authored more than three dozen peer-viewed journal articles, along with several book chapters. 

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