New Technology Aims To Diagnosis Cancer From Drop of Saliva

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Dr. David Wong D.M.D, D.M.S.C Professor Associate Dean for Research Director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research (COOR) Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry UCLA

Dr. David Wong

DrDavid Wong D.M.D, D.M.S.C
Professor
Associate Dean for Research
Director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology Research (COOR)
Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry
UCLA

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Dr. Wong: The EFIRM technology is an electrochemical technology developed for the optimal detection of saliva targets for molecular diagnostics.

It is a multiplexible platform (nucleic acid and proteins) that has sensitivity and specificity that comparable with PCR and luminex-based assays. It permits direct target detection in bio-samples without processing.

MedicalResearch.com: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?

Dr. Wong: A set of technologies that will provide clinicians and patients with point of care capabilities to monitor health and early detection of diseases none/minimal invasively, affordably including low resource settings.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Dr. Wong: Explore the ability to perform comprehensive cancer screening/risk assessment non-invasively via a drop of blood or saliva.

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Dr. Wong: The holy grails of diagnostics is non-invasiveness.

Saliva fulfills that goal. The basic and translational sciences are credentialing the use of saliva for unmet clinical needs. 

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Citation:

Saliva Liquid Biopsy for Cancer Detection

2016 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE Meeting
Friday, February 12, 2016: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
David Wong, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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