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Beating Back Bitter Taste in Medicine: Monell Center Scientists Discover that Diabetes Drug is Partially Effective as a Bitter Blocker

The bitter taste of certain drugs is a barrier to taking some medications as prescribed, especially for people who are particularly sensitive to bitter taste. A Monell team found that the diabetes drug rosiglitazone could partially block the bitter...
9-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Monell Center Neuroscientist Receives Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Collaborative Pairs Project Award

The overall goal of the team is to discover fundamental rules and mechanisms that govern information storage, namely how memories are made and stored. The teams will be looking for and measuring changes in neural circuitry that correspond to memory...
21-Feb-2024 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Monell Center Study: New Gut-Brain Circuits Found for Sugar and Fat Cravings

A new study in Cell Metabolism by a team from the Monell Chemical Senses Center unravels the internal neural wiring of separate fat and sugar craving pathways in a mouse model. However, combining these pathways overly triggers a desire to eat more...
16-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Monell Researchers Quantify Changes in Odor Signaling as Two Nasal Nerve Systems Interact

A research team from the Monell Chemical Senses Center demonstrated, using a novel quantitative analysis, that the neuronal response to odors undergoes some modifications in the nose. Such early processing of olfactory signals is a result of...
27-Oct-2023 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Registration Open for First-of-its-Kind Conference to Establish Routine Smell and Taste Testing

Registration is open for a visionary conference titled, “Towards Universal Chemosensory Testing.” The Monell Chemical Senses Center, with colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), The Ohio State University, and the University of...
23-Oct-2023 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Monell Center Team Discovers Markers that Can Predict How Children Will Tolerate Sweetened Medicine

A multidisciplinary research group specializing in pediatrics, genetics, and psychophysics, co-led by the Monell Chemical Senses Center, has identified wide variation in the sensory perception of a pediatric formulation of ibuprofen — some that...
18-Sep-2023 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Monell Center Helps Discover Epigenetic Mechanism that Causes Bitter Taste Distortion

A new study published in iScience, by Hong Wang, PhD, an Associate Member at the Monell Chemical Sense Center, and colleagues sheds light on the mechanisms involved in the complex interplay between taste perception and immune function. Their work...
22-Aug-2023 5:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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International Study Shows that Taste, Independent of Smell, Can Also be Significantly Diminished in Patients with COVID-19

Smell loss became the cardinal symptom of COVID-19 early in the pandemic and has ignited research on how smell and taste function. An international study led by the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research (GCCR) and the Monell Chemical Senses...
17-Aug-2023 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Dealing with Those Telltale Malodors

By educating physicians about unique properties of the olfactory system, Monell scientist Pamela Dalton, PhD, MPH, seeks to increase understanding of stigmas associated with incontinence
28-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT

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The Monell Center is an independent non-profit research institute that conducts basic research on the chemical senses. A leader in scientific discovery, Monell's world-class scientists advance understanding of taste and smell to benefit human health and well-being. The Center’s outstanding interdisciplinary research programs incorporate approaches that range from molecular biology to behavioral neuroscience, from analytical chemistry to comparative sensory ecology and clinical work with human patients. Experts are available to comment on how taste and olfaction relate to any aspect of our daily lives.



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