NIDCR Grand Rounds: Celebrating 35 Years of Sjögren’s Syndrome Research at NIDCR


NIDCR will host a special grand rounds, “Celebrating 35 Years of Sjögren’s Syndrome Research at NIDCR” on Friday, November 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10), on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. 

The event marks the genesis of the NIDCR Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic, a bench-to-bedside program bringing basic and preclinical scientific discoveries to the clinical setting. In 1984, a clinical protocol to study salivary gland dysfunction, led by NIDCR investigators Phil Fox and Bruce Baum, launched the Dry Mouth Clinic, which eventually became known as the Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic. Speakers will trace the past, present, and future of research on this systemic autoimmune condition.

Sjögren’s syndrome commonly causes dry mouth and dry eyes and affects up to 4 million people in the United States. Dry mouth is caused by decreased functioning of the salivary glands, and interferes with taste, makes chewing and swallowing more difficult, and increases the risk for cavities, tooth loss, and oral infections.



Bruce Baum, DMD, PhD
Scientist Emeritus 
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH


Steven Taylor, MBA

Steven Taylor, MBA
Chief Executive Officer 
Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation


Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD

Caroline Shiboski, DDS, MPH, PhD
Leland A. and Gladys K. Barber Distinguished Professor in Dentistry 
Chair, Department of Orofacial Sciences
University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry



Blake Warner, DDS, MPH, PhD

Blake Warner, DDS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Clinical Investigator
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH


Event Resources

  • The November 15 grand rounds is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Access NIH Campus Visitor Information.
  • Individuals who need sign language interpreting and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Chalante Davis ( or 301-827-1093), or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.  Requests should be made at least five days in advance of the event.
  • The grand rounds will be videocast live and archived.


Last Reviewed
October 2019

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