In this area academic and clinical experts work on a range of projects from basic studies of saliva and salivary gland function to clinical monitoring and treatment of saliva-related disease.
Salivary diagnostics and biobanks:
Collection and banking of saliva for use as a diagnostic tool in a range of oral and non-oral diseases including squamous cell carcinoma and periodontal disease. Studies with UK Biobank.
Functions of saliva at oral surfaces in health and disease:
Formation and composition of saliva films on oral surfaces and their impact on oral function including food perception, hard tissue mineralization and mucosal wetness.
Chronic oral dryness:
The changes in saliva and the oral mucosa leading to chronic oral dryness and the diagnosis and monitoring of disease in dry mouth patients.
Treatment of salivary gland disease:
The use of minimally invasive surgery to treat patients with salivary gland disease including obstructive and cancer.
Salivary gland disease and regeneration:
The mechanisms leading to chronic salivary gland disease and loss of function and studies of salivary gland regeneration.
Associated research programmes
Associated staff research interests
Salivary glands and saliva in health and disease.
Human and rat salivary protein (especially iGA) secretion in health and disease.
CONTACTS FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Professor Gordon Proctor