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Monell Center Names Robert F. Margolskee as New President and Director

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The Board of Directors of the Monell Chemical Senses Center has named Robert F. Margolskee, MD, PhD as the Center’s next President and Director, effective October 1, 2014. Margolskee will be the Center’s third Director since its founding in...
18-Aug-2014 4:25 PM EDT

In Asthma, It’s Not Just What You Smell, But What You Think You Smell

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New research from the Monell Center reveals that simply believing that an odor is potentially harmful can increase airway inflammation in asthmatics for at least 24 hours following exposure. The findings highlight the role that expectations can play...
22-Jul-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Stress Hormone Receptors Localized in Sweet Taste Cells

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A new study from the Monell Center reports that oral taste cells contain receptors for glucocorticoid “stress hormones”. The findings suggest glucocorticoids may act directly on taste cells to affect how they respond to sugars and other taste...
3-Jun-2014 11:25 AM EDT

Pleasant Smells Increase Facial Attractiveness

New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center reveals that women’s faces are rated as more attractive in the presence of pleasant odors. In contrast, odor pleasantness had less effect on age evaluation. The findings suggest that perfumes and...
29-May-2014 5:00 PM EDT

Body Odor Changes Following Vaccination

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New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor. This is the first demonstration of a bodily odor change due to immune activation.
2-Apr-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Bamboo-Loving Giant Pandas Also Have a Sweet Tooth

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Despite the popular conception of giant pandas as continually chomping on bamboo, new research from the Monell Center reveals that this highly endangered species also has a sweet tooth. Behavioral and molecular genetic studies demonstrate that the...
21-Mar-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Children’s Preferences for Sweeter and Saltier Tastes Are Linked to Each Other and to Measures of Growth

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Scientists from the Monell Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences also...
12-Mar-2014 11:00 AM EDT

A Sense of Hope: The Monell Anosmia Project

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On Anosmia Awareness Day, the Monell Center announces “A Sense of Hope: The Monell Anosmia Project,” a three-year $1.5M fundraising campaign to support a research and advocacy program focused on anosmia, the loss of the sense of smell.
27-Feb-2014 2:35 PM EST

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