Craniofacial Development, Oral Infections and Inflammations

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Sjögren’s syndrome affects women and men throughout the world. Valéria Valim is a professor in rheumatology at Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo in Brazil. In 2014-2015 Valim spent a sabbatical year as a guest researcher at Broegelmann research laboratory. Valim then established collaborations on evaluation of minor salivary gland biopsies with Professor Kathrine Skarstein [Acinar adipose tissue infiltration in salivary gland biopsy is associated with kynurenines-Interferon-γ pathway inflammation biomarkers - PubMed (nih.gov)], and salivary gland ultrasonography with Dr. Daniel Hammenfors and Professor Malin V. Jonsson. In 2016 Valim herself hosted a research visit, when Hammenfors and Jonsson went to Brazil to collect data from children with juvenile Sjögren’s syndrome, in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, and Vittoria [Juvenile Sjögren's Syndrome: Clinical Characteristics With Focus on Salivary Gland Ultrasonography - PubMed (nih.gov)]. This week Valim visited Bergen and took time to meet with the Sjögren group and plan new collaborations between Brazil and Bergen.