Keynote Speakers //

David Wong, DMD, DMSc  |

University of California, Los Angeles |


​David T.W. Wong, D.M.D., D.M.Sc. is the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry and a Professor in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine. He is the Associate Dean of Research and the Director of the UCLA Center for Oral/Head and Neck Research. He is an active scientist in oral cancer and saliva diagnostics research. He has authored over 240 peer reviewed scientific publications. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), past member of the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs and the past president of American Association of Dental Research (AADR).


Dr. Wong's Lab website:

Charles Streckfus, DDS, MA  |

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas |


Dr. Charles F. Streckfus is a Professor of Diagnostic & Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and has many published abstracts and presentations. His honors and awards include the President's Award for Scientific Excellence, Presented by the International Society for Preventive Oncology, 6th International Symposium Predictive Oncology Intervention Strategies, Pasteur Institute, Paris France, February 12, 2002 for his discovery of salivary Her2/neu as a biomarker for breast cancer. This discovery has led to Dr. Streckfus' current work at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston into establishing an array of protein biomarkers in saliva for breast and other related cancers.


Dr. Streckfus' Lab website:

Program //

Preparations are now underway for the 2018 North American Saliva Symposium. Check back frequently to see the updated list of speakers, titles, and the program at large. If you wish to provide a presentation at the 2018 NASS, please head to the contact page and send us a message with details of the proposed topic and lecture.

Friday, October 12th 2018



Welcome Presentation - Dean of UTHSC - Houston

By Dr. John A. Valenza University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas


Opening Remarks

By Dr. Paul D. Slowey Oasis Diagnostics® Corporation, Vancouver WA

Medicine I Section: Moderated by Dr. Charles Streckfus, University of Texas Health Science Center

Keynote Presentation

Dr. David Wong, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA

Saliva: Liquid Biopsy

Dr. Jill Maron, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Tackling and Appreciating Biological Variability in Neonatal Salivary Gene Expression Analysis

Dr. Juliana Barros, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas

The Effects of Photobiomodulation on Patients with Compromised Salivary Function


​Question and Answer Session: Medicine I Section

​Evening Dinner Course and Networking


​Saturday, October 13th 2018

Registration and Breakfast

Industry Section: Moderated by Dr. Paul D. Slowey, Oasis Diagnostics® Corporation

Dr. Manuel Jimenez Lopez, International University of La Rioja, La Rioja, Spain

Salivary Assessment in Sports Performance


Dr. Christopher J. Campbell, Aurin Biotech, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A Method for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease Based on Salivary Amyloid-β Protein 42 Levels


​Dr. Maxime Francois, CSIRO, Adelaide, Australia

Non-Invasive Biomarkers to Identify Alzheimer’s Disease Risk


Dr. Brian Novy, DentaQuest Institute, Westborough, Massachusetts

The Slipperiness of Saliva in Clinical Systems


Coffee Break

Dr. Jennifer Whiting, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Austin, Texas

Great Expec-torations – isolation of high quality genomic DNA from saliva

Dr. Marek Smeja, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

Oral Swabs for Mononucleosis: Detecting Antibodies and Viral DNA


Matt Smith, OralDNA Labs, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

New Approaches to Management of Periodontal Disease through Salivary Diagnostics


Question and Answer Session: Industry Section


Lunch Served

Panel Discussion: Standardization of Research and Commercial Protocols


Medical II Section: Moderated by Dr. Jill Maron, Tufts Medical Center


Keynote Presentation

Dr. Charles Streckfus, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas

An In Vivo Model to Study Breast Cancer Progression: Are We Just Spitting in the Wind

Dr. Debora Heller, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Salivary Diagnostics: Reducing Health Disparities in Brazil

Dr. Stephan Ruhl, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Evolutionary Footprints in the Salivary Proteome


Coffee Break


Dr. Anthony Belli, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Salivary microRNA Biomarkers for the Assessment of Concussed Players


​​Dr. Balwant Rai, Kepler Space University, South Carolina

Non-Invasive Salivary Biomarkers as Diagnostic Tools in Space and Aeronautical Dentistry​


Dr. Shikha Jain,  Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Delhi, India

Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Whole Saliva, Exposure to High Altitude Induced Hypoxia


Dr. Rhoel Dinglasan, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Point-of-Need Saliva-based Malaria Rapid Test


Question and Answer Session: Medicine II Section


Closing Remarks

Poster Session

​Evening Dinner Course and Networking

The Symposium includes meals and beverage, and will continue to feature the popular panel discussions on hot topics in the fields covered by Salivary Diagnostics. The different topics of the Symposium will be moderated by similarly big names in saliva such as the host of the Symposium, Dr. Paul Slowey.


2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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5:00 PM - 5:25 PM

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10:00 AM - 10:25 AM

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11:30 AM - 11:55 PM



11:55 PM - 12:25 PM


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2:30 PM - 2:55 PM


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3:20 PM - 3:35 PM


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