A healthy person produces three to six cups of saliva a day. Those with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease, produce far less. Researchers at the University of Utah Health identified an important molecular mechanism that may influence the progression of this disease in mice. ... Read MoreSelect...
The Baker lab's current interests concern the welfare of people who are unable to produce adequate saliva either due to genetics, autoimmunity, or side effects from treatments. A comprehensive approach to hyposalivation involves not just treatment, but also preventative aspects, which are both warranted and viable. As such, our lab currently works in the following areas:
- Salivary gland regeneration
- Resolution of inflammation
- Salivary gland tight junctions
- Effects of radiation treatment on salivary gland function
- Saliva substitutes
Learn more about the Baker lab’s research.
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Dr. Baker is a standing member of the Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences NIDCR Study Section. She also serves as a member of the University of Utah Academic and Executive Senate and Equity and Inclusion Committee in the School of Dentistry. ... Read MoreSelect...