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Monell Center Researchers Estimate the True Prevalence of COVID-19 Taste Loss

Reports of taste loss are genuine in people with COVID-19 and indistinguishable from smell loss. The new study examines the prevalence of taste loss in COVID-19 patients and how the way the symptom was measured might impact the prevalence estimate....
14-Feb-2022 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Monell Chemical Senses Center Announces Major Grant From The Ambrose Monell Foundation

The Monell Chemical Senses Center, a global leader in taste and smell research, announced today it has received a grant of up to $26 million from its founding benefactor, The Ambrose Monell Foundation. The funding represents the largest single...
21-Jan-2022 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Distinct Differences Exist Between Sense of Smell Distortions Associated With COVID-19

Knowing the distinct patterns of demographics, medical history, and quality-of-life issues associated with the smell distortion disorders parosmia and phantosmia may provide insight into the organization and function of the olfactory system, as well...
13-Dec-2021 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Monell Center Researcher Awarded the 2021 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Work on Gut-Brain Studies

Amber L. Alhadeff, PhD, an assistant member at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, has been awarded the 2021 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for her research on how gut-brain connections in the brain influence eating behavior.
29-Oct-2021 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Novel Sugar Detector System in the Human Mouth has Implications for Designing Tastier, Healthier Beverages and Foods

Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center describe the first-in-human demonstration of a signaling pathway that uses the sugar glucose, a component of table sugar and high fructose corn syrup, to signal the presence of calories, in addition...
19-Oct-2021 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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The First World Taste and Smell Day Invites You to Smell the Roses and Savor the Flavor on September 14, 2021, A Day to Celebrate Our Senses.

Toiling away in the background, our senses of taste and smell are underappreciated. On September 14, the organizers of first-ever World Taste and Smell Day invite you to celebrate the joys of scent and flavor.
9-Sep-2021 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Food Protein Can Eliminate Pungency and Bitterness of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

While experimenting in the laboratory, investigators put the extra virgin olive oil into a mayonnaise-like material that would be easier for sensory study participants to assess, rather than drinking unadulterated EVOO from a drinking glass, as is...
24-Jun-2021 4:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Tug-of-War Receptors Controlling Sour Taste Detection in Fruit Flies Sheds Light on Human Taste Biology

Monell researchers found that flies use two distinct types of gustatory (taste) receptor neurons (GRNs), which are analogous to taste receptor cells in mammals, to discriminate slightly from highly sour foods. One group of GRNs are maximally...
17-Jun-2021 3:35 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

School Lunchroom Perfect Place to Teach Kids to Like and Eat Heathy Foods

2-May-2017 11:55 AM EDT

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Limiting #sugar intake in children: @MonellSc expert Julie Mennella on implementing new @American_Heart recommendation

22-Aug-2016 5:15 PM EDT

Expert Available - Today Only: New @US_FDA #salt Guidelines Informed by @MonellSc Research Led by Gary Beauchamp, Contact [email protected]

1-Jun-2016 1:00 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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