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Spit It Out

Have you ever wondered what you can learn about yourself from your Saliva? Are you already an expert in Saliva Diagnostics? Or are you maybe just interested in cool science? Every month Spit it Out will bring you engaging discussions with thought leaders from academia and industry. Through these dialogues, you’ll find out everything from what’s in your saliva to why it’s a good indicator of your overall health. Join us on our mission to make the world safer, healthier and more productive as we raise awareness around what saliva can tell us, why it’s important for the future of healthcare, and what some really awesome people are doing about it today!


E12: Research with a Clinical Perspective: Innovating Rapid and Affordable Diagnostic Testing with Community-Driven Solutions
Dive into the compelling journey of Dr. Shyam Saladi, the visionary CEO, and Co-founder of Neelyx Labs, on the latest episode of the "Spit It Out" Podcast. From a young student to a leader in a trailblazing clinical laboratory, Shyam's dedication to community-driven solutions and ultra-low-cost diagnostics has propelled Neelyx Labs from a COVID-19 response initiative to a major force in healthcare innovation. Discover their recent breakthroughs, including pioneering COVID-19 variant tests and the first saliva-based antigen test in the U.S. Shyam discusses the critical role of saliva and Neelyx Labs' involvement during COVID-19, the Mpox outbreak, and STI epidemic, underscoring their commitment to innovation, patient, and public health empowerment. Tune in to gain deeper insights into research with a clinical perspective and the future of accessible healthcare.
30:01 12/12/23
E11: Pioneering Innovations in Saliva Diagnostics: Charting the Future of Healthcare
In this episode, host Avi Robbins delves into the world of saliva diagnostics and precision health with Dr. Chamindie Punyadeera. Dr. Punyadeera, a distinguished innovator and advocate for women in STEM, shares her journey from industry to academia and discusses her pioneering work in cardiovascular diseases and cancer research using saliva as a diagnostic tool. Discover the groundbreaking projects that Dr. Punyadeera is leading, including the early detection of HPV-driven oropharyngeal cancers and the potential to eradicate HPV through immune system surveillance. Join us in this enlightening conversation as we explore the future of healthcare and the transformative power of saliva diagnostics.
24:05 10/31/23
E10: Beyond the Brain: Dr. Lavinia Alberi's journey from Neuroscience to Personalized Health and Wellness
In this episode, get ready to explore Dr. Alberi's remarkable journey and her unwavering commitment to scientific excellence, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit and multidisciplinary expertise that position her as a prominent figure in the field of neuroscience. She shares her insights on her groundbreaking research in neurological disorders, sheds light on her startup, VitalizeDx and BrainFit4Life, a freelance venture aimed at fostering dialogue between experts and the public on brain health. Discover her tireless efforts in advancing dementia therapeutics and promoting brain health, making her an inspiring advocate and leader in her domain. Tune in to gain valuable wisdom and insights in the realm of neuroscience and personalized health and wellness.
36:24 8/31/23
E9: Empowering Health Equity Through Innovation and Culturally Informed Field Work
In this episode of the Spit It Out Podcast, Rylie Tiffin, the Regional Testing Coordinator at Santiam Hospital, discusses her role in the Oregon Health Authority's grant to improve COVID testing accessibility for vulnerable populations. She discusses initiatives such as bringing wraparound services into laboratory testing and adjusting laboratory information system processes to fit the needs of the most vulnerable community members. She shares insights into the barriers faced during testing and the adoption of saliva as a sample type to meet community needs. Rylie presents innovative solutions, such as a vending machine approach, and the use of Labdash for efficient and accessible testing.
41:26 7/31/23
E8: Innovation in Bioengineering and Advancing Healthcare in Low-Resource Communities with Dr. Delphine Dean of Clemson University
In this podcast episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Delphine Dean who is currently the Ron and Jane Lindsay Family Innovation Professor and Chair of Bioengineering at Clemson University. Dr. Dean shares her experiences and insights into her work in low-resource settings, including her collaborations with Tanzania and India to design accessible healthcare solutions. She also discusses her experience in setting up and running the COVID-19 testing lab at Clemson, and saliva diagnostics, highlighting the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to tackle problems in healthcare.
33:54 4/14/23
S1E7: Immunoassays and Saliva: An Industry Perspective with Tecan / IBL
We hear from Kat Holloway and Dajana Domik of Tecan / IBL a leading manufacturer of liquid handling equipment and immunoassays. On this episode we discuss the benefits of saliva and why it's moving from a scientific sample type for research to a clinical sample used in mainstream testing. We cover testing from an Endocrinology focus on hormones and where IBL is focusing in this space.
42:39 3/9/23
E6: Supporting Her Community with Saliva based Testing with Sarah Nickel of Wichita State University
Sarah Nickel responded to the COVID pandemic to support the local manufacturing community by leading the startup of a molecular diagnostics lab at the Wichita State University. She leveraged this experience to know spearhead the creation of a molecular biology laboratory to further her mission of teaching students while supporting her local community.
23:14 2/9/23
E5: The Future of Diagnostics with Maikel Boot of PreScouter
Hear Dr. Boot's story on how he became involved with Saliva Diagnostics and what brought him to the forefront of science and innovation in health care.. Learn how he navigated COVID and helped setup employee testing, and used this experience to drive the expansion of saliva testing into other areas.
27:13 1/6/23
E4: Sports and Society - Data Driven Wellness with Robby Sikka
This month, we speak to Dr. Robby Sikka, founder of the COVID Sports and Society Workgroup, applying learnings from sports health management to our own individual and community wellness goals and how we can personalize health data generation and monitoring.
39:11 12/8/22
E3: The Science Behind Saliva with Dr. David Wong of UCLA
Dr. Wong, a renowned Dentist and Researcher at UCLA talks to us about the science behind Saliva as a diagnostic sample type and what's in store for the future.
32:31 11/3/22
E2: Explore Scientific Wellness with Nathan Price of Thorne HealthTech
On this episode, Avi Robbins speaks with Nathan Price, CSO of Thorne HealthTech about the paradigm shift needed in healthcare towards well-care, some actionable steps we can all take to participate, and of course, how saliva can play a role.
56:36 10/6/22
E1: The Case for Saliva as a Sample with Anne Wyllie of SalivaDirect
We welcomed Dr. Anne Wyllie from the Yale School of Public Health and founder of the SalivaDirect initiative. In this conversation we uncovered the benefits and challenges of using saliva as a sample type, how Anne came across saliva in her research, and how a partnership with the NBA led her to go all-in on the SalivaDirect open source COVID testing protocol that she helped create.
17:49 9/7/22
E0: What's Coming in Season One
As we launch the Spit It Out Podcast we want you to know why you should subscribe and what to look forward to in the first season.
00:35 7/25/22