Salimetrics Launches New Salivary Human Total Immunoglobulin G (IgG) ELISA Kit to Support Multidisciplinary Investigators in Serological Studies

“Salivary IgG provides epidemiologists a means of qualifying a specific population quickly and efficiently in an effort to further identify and control for disease transmission, outbreak, and distribution.”

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (PRWEB) January 28, 2020
Today, Salimetrics announced an addition to their trusted line of Better Salivary Assay Kits. The new Salivary Total Human IgG Assay Kit exemplifies Salimetrics’ 20+ year commitment to cutting-edge salivary bioscience research. “By measuring total immunoglobulin G in saliva, researchers can extend the accuracy and ease of use of salivary bioscience into infectious disease research and epidemiological studies,” says Supriya Gaitonde, Ph.D., Salimetrics’ Senior Applications Scientist. “Measuring salivary total IgG is a critical step for sample qualification, used to identify an individual’s immunity to specific disease targets, such as HEV, norovirus, measles, zika, EBV, and dengue, among others.” Researchers will also be able to measure total IgG against any disease specific IgG assay targets to determine an individuals’ exposure and immune response to specific immunogens.
“The launch of this Salimetrics’ Salivary IgG Assay Kit is the product of close interaction with researchers in the public health sector. Working together, the team leveraged Salimetrics’ knowledge in salivary bioscience to break through technological and biological barriers. Now, researchers can utilize a more efficient solution to problems that put populations at risk,” says Steve Granger, Ph.D., Salimetrics’ CSO. “Salivary IgG provides epidemiologists a means of qualifying a specific population quickly and efficiently in an effort to further identify and control for disease transmission, outbreak, and distribution.”
Immunoglobulin G (IgG) is a key component of the humoral immune system and regulates host immune-defense against pathogenic viruses and microbes. IgG passively diffuses into saliva through the gingival crevicular epithelium, where samples can be conveniently collected. Since IgG in saliva is bioidentical to its serum counterparts, researchers will find it an attractive alternative to blood sampling. Saliva as a non-invasive approach to monitoring immune status has the benefits of increasing participant compliance as well as the speed of sampling anywhere, anytime. “With salivary bioscience, investigators worldwide have gained knowledge through complex study designs and solved challenges that could never be feasible through traditional biological specimens,” says Dr. Gaitonde.
Research has also identified that salivary total IgG was strongly associated with salivary cytokines. A 2020 study, “Salivary total Immunoglobulin G as a surrogate marker of oral immune activity in salivary bioscience research” by Riis, et al., concluded that “Controlling for salivary total IgG may be a feasible, affordable approach to adjusting salivary biomeasure findings for the influence of the oral immune environment when it is not possible or practical to obtain clinical oral health data.” By controlling for populations at high risk of oral inflammation, studies can further improve the validity and reliability of their salivary bioscience data.
The Salimetrics Salivary Total IgG Assay Kit features a dynamic range of 0.3125 to 20 ng/mL, functional sensitivity of 0.94 µg/mL, and average inter and intra-assay coefficients of variation less than 10%. Saliva collection has been validated with SalivaBio’s passive drool protocol and follows the same convenient and reproducible methods that SalivaBio has provided the research community for years.
Salimetrics continues to be a key partner in bringing best-in-class solutions to salivary bioscience research. By using Salimetrics’ products and services, researchers can find and implement solutions where the full potential of salivary measures have yet to be realized. “With a history of supporting more than 25,000 researchers around the world, these new, high quality assays from Salimetrics will empower a new era in the application of Salivary Bioscience,” says Dr. Granger.
To learn more about the new Salivary Total Human IgG Assay Kit, researchers can visit the Salimetrics Website, or contact researcher support to integrate salivary IgG into their current or future research study.

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Will Companies Lose Their Human Aspect as Automation Enters the Workforce? January 29th, EverythingBenefits Explores HR’s Perspective in NYC Panel

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. (PRWEB) January 27, 2020
Wednesday, January 29th, the leading provider of next-generation automated benefits technology, EverythingBenefits, will host the discussion, How HR Will Make Automation More Humane.
The panel, moderated by Caroline Hroncich of Business Insider, will bring together industry leaders including Rachel Lyubovitzky, Co-founder and CEO, EverythingBenefits; Tatiana Goldberg, Change Management Lead, Unilever; Kara Schuff, HR Manager, GE Healthcare and Matthew Sydney, CEO, Picwell, to discuss the intersection of technology and HR.
HR is the heartbeat of organizations and is most effective when individuals are empowered and able to serve the dual purpose of driving a company’s mission while creating a positive and productive environment for employees. As automation is rapidly integrated into companies across the country, HR organizations will finally be liberated of mundane error-prone manual tasks and granted the opportunity to focus on more strategic initiatives, helping employees engage in more meaningful ways both professionally and personally. Many fear automation as something that will “dehumanize” the workplace, but what if the opposite is true?
“As a technology company aimed at aiding the well-being of individuals, it made sense for us to discuss the benefits, challenges, and opportunities associated with maneuvering that overlap of spaces,” said Lyubovitzky. “These panelists draw from a wealth of experience on HR leveraging tech in order to satisfy employees and the companies they represent. We look forward to hosting this conversation that will delve into different perspectives on the implementation of innovation, best practices and HR automation success stories.”
The event will take place at Meet in Place Midtown. Networking and happy hour begin at 6:30PM, followed by the panel and Q+A from 7PM-8PM. For more information and to RSVP for the panel, please visit follow this link:

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Sixth Cohort of Human Capital Leaders Tackle Talent Management at Leading Education Organizations

This program is a partnership between Education Pioneers and the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy that provides participants with the skills, resources, and network to accelerate their work to ensure that every student has a great team of people who support them.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 23, 2020
Twenty-four talented professionals are participating in the Winter 2019-2020 Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative (EHCLI). The sixth cohort chosen to participate in this selective program are people- and student-focused leaders who work to change the way schools recruit and retain talent on behalf of the nation’s highest-need students.
This 10-month program is a partnership between Education Pioneers (EP) and the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA) that provides participants with the skills, resources, and network to accelerate their work to ensure that every student has a great team of people — teachers, principals, and central office administrators — who support them. Participants are in senior-level human capital roles within their organizations, or are a step or two away from being in these roles. Programming began in Winter 2019 in Washington DC, and will culminate in Denver in April 2020.
“Students deserve K-12 school systems that deliver on the great promise of a high quality public education for all. Some of the most influential roles in K-12 sit in human capital – the function responsible for finding and supporting millions of professionals nationwide who fuel classrooms, schools, districts, and beyond,” said Melissa Wu, Education Pioneers’ Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to partner with USHCA to develop high impact human capital leaders who can support an evolution from a focus on compliance to a focus on strategic alignment.”
EHCLI fosters a robust national network of human capital leaders working across the country at school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and nonprofits serving under-resourced students. The Winter 2019-2020 cohort joins the first five cohorts, totalling nearly 170 human capital professionals who are part of the EHCLI network.
“Human capital leaders are uniquely positioned to redefine and redesign how schools, districts, and education agencies can proactively attract, develop, and retain the most effective teachers and principals,” said Danielle Pickens, Chief Program Officer at the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy. “The ideas and collaborations that arise from meaningful conversations about human capital trends and challenges in education have the potential to transform how we serve students.”
The 24 emerging human capital leaders who will complete the program in 2020 include:
Desiree’ Beckett, Director of Talent Acquisition, STRIVE Prep
Ernest Blackwell, Director of Program & Partnerships, Urban Teachers
Anthony Buatti, Director of Recruitment Operations, Outreach, and Data, Mastery Schools of Philadelphia and Camden
Felicia Butts, Director of Teacher Residencies, Chicago Public Schools
Jessica Doherty, Manager, Performance Evaluation, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Candice Durham, Managing Director, People Operations , Achievement Prep Public Charter Schools
Jordan Eason, Employee Relations Specialist, Little Rock School District
Jill Farrara, Managing Director of Talent, KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools
Rachael Tutwiler Fortune, President, Jacksonville Public Education Fund
Elaine Gallagher, HR Partner, The School District of Palm Beach County
Karly Gelardi, Director of National Recruitment, IDEA Public Schools
Lindsay Haldeman, Vice President, Northeast Region, Achievement Network
Jerica Johnson, Talent Acquisition Manager, Hamilton County Schools
Stephen Lee, Manager of Administrator Staffing and Credentials, San Francisco Unified School District
Quentin Liggins, Director of Talent Acquisition, Retention and Development, Tulsa Public Schools
Kate Malekoff, Director of Human Resources and Talent Operations, DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI)
Sara Metzger, Director, Recruitment, School District of Philadelphia
Tarah Mohika, Director of Recruitment and Resource Management, The Community Group, Inc
Jessica Papia, Director Employee Effectiveness, Baltimore City Public Schools
Sanjay Ramji, Data & Design Manager, Human Capital Management, Dallas Independent School District
Michael Simmons, Director, Talent Management, Seattle Public Schools
Sara Taylor, Managing Director, Talent and HR, Rocky Mountain Prep
LaChon Winston, Senior Human Resources Partner, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Maya Wyche, Chief Talent Officer, FirstLine Schools
Participants learn from experts and from one another to collectively enhance their effectiveness in their current roles, and to strengthen the pipeline of talented leaders ready and interested to take on human capital leadership roles in public school systems.
To learn more about the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative, please visit
About Education PioneersEducation Pioneers builds the pipeline of leaders outside the classroom who enable teachers and students to be successful inside the classroom. Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited and trained over 4,300 leaders in partnership with more than 900 education organizations nationwide.
Of the organization’s Alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts public school students in major cities across the nation, most of whom are students of color and growing up in underserved areas. Learn more:
About The Urban Schools Human Capital AcademyThe Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA) is a national non-profit working to build the capacity of Human Resource Departments to find and keep a talented workforce, particularly for our highest-need schools and students. Since its inception in 2011, it has developed, supported, and networked central office staff at over 45 districts and 16 states on strategic human capital work. USHCA is also focused on developing the next generation of human capital leaders for HC leadership roles by partnering with Education Pioneers to launch and run the Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative.

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New Memoir Offers an Intimate Look at the Power of the Human Spirit, the Bonds of Family and the Miracle of Grace

Author Melissa Malcolm-Peck’s daughters have come together to publish her debut book, ‘A Story of Love,’ sharing her legacy of love and a message of hope(PRWeb January 21, 2020)Read the full story at

Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) Announces 2019 Research Grants, Reaches $3 Million in Total Research Funding

“The organizations, companies and individuals that support HABRI deserve recognition for achieving this important milestone,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI Executive Director.

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) today announced funding for five new research projects focused on the positive effects of human-animal interaction (HAI) on human health and wellness. These new studies will examine the influence of pet ownership, animal-assisted therapy, service dogs, and dog-walking on various aspects of physical and mental health of children, adolescents and their families. With the funding of these five grants, HABRI’s total research funding has now exceeded $3 million.
“The organizations, companies and individuals that support HABRI deserve recognition for achieving this important milestone,” said Steven Feldman, HABRI Executive Director. “Their contributions have allowed HABRI to fund high-quality research projects that build to the body of evidence for pet ownership and HAI as essential to our health.”
The following five research projects were awarded funding in 2019:
Megan Arant (The University of British Columbia): Direct Experimental Assessment of Therapy Dog Handlers on Child and Dog Behavior During AAI
Marguerite E. O’Haire (Purdue University): Evaluating the Effects of Service Dogs on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Their Caregivers
Megan Kiely Mueller (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University): Human-Animal Interaction and Trajectories of Youth Development in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study
Kamala London (University of Toledo): Implementation of Canine-Assisted Forensic Interviews with Children
Eunice Chen (Temple University): Diamond Dogs: A Pilot Dog-Walking Trial with Overweight College Students and Dog Shelters in the Inner-City
The funded projects from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toledo are focused on the impact and efficacy of therapy animals, and were made possible by Pet Partners, which committed $100,000 for HABRI research in this area.
Since HABRI’s founding in 2010, HABRI has funded 31 scientific research projects from institutions across the globe, and has supported the creation of HABRI Central, the world’s most comprehensive online library of human-animal interaction research.
The 2020 HABRI Call for Research Proposals is now open. Please visit to learn more.
About HABRIHABRI is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information, please visit

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