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New Partnership to Study Link Between Olfaction and Neurodegenerative Disease


Deterioration in a person’s ability to smell can sometimes be an early sign of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Now, researchers at the Monell Center have established a collaboration with the Brain Health Registry...
17-May-2016 4:15 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Digesting Sweet Taste: Gut Enzymes Localized in Taste Cells


A new Monell study reports that sweet taste cells on the tongue also contain digestive enzymes capable of converting sucrose (table sugar) into glucose and fructose, simple sugars that can be detected by both known sweet taste sensing pathways. The...
5-May-2016 4:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Key Regulatory Role for Mysterious Olfaction Molecule OMP


New research from the Monell Center reveals that olfactory marker protein (OMP), a molecule found in the cells that detect odor molecules, plays a key role in regulating the speed and transmission of odor information to the brain. The findings solve...
31-Mar-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Danielle Reed Appointed Associate Director of Monell Center


Danielle R. Reed, PhD, a world-recognized expert on the behavioral genetics of taste, has been named Associate Director of the Monell Center, effective immediately.
29-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Unraveling the Enigma of Salty Taste Detection


Scientists from the Monell Center have further characterized the identity and functionality of salt-responding taste cells on the tongue. The knowledge may lead to novel approaches to develop salt replacers or enhancers that can help reduce the...
11-Feb-2016 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Odor Biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease


A new study from the Monell Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and collaborating institutions reports a uniquely identifiable odor signature from mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. The findings suggest that it may be possible to develop...
12-Jan-2016 12:45 PM EST Add to Favorites

Children’s Ability to Detect Sugar Varies Widely


According to new research from the Monell Center, sensitivity to sweet taste varies widely across school-aged children and is in part genetically-determined. The findings may inform efforts to reduce sugar consumption and improve nutritional health...
14-Dec-2015 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Low Sugar Diet Makes Foods Taste Sweeter But Does Not Change Preferred Level of Sweetness


New research from the Monell Center reveals that while foods such as vanilla pudding taste sweeter following three months on a low-sugar diet, the level of sweetness most preferred in foods and beverages does not change. The findings may inform...
23-Nov-2015 12:10 PM EST Add to Favorites

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