Recent Scientific News Releases
A new study of older U.S. adults conducted by researchers from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions reports that a woman’s social life is associated with how well her olfactory system functions. The study found that older women who do less well on a smell identification task also tend to have fewer social connections.
A new study from Monell and collaborating institutions provides new insight into the causes of trimethylaminura (TMAU), a genetically-transmitted metabolic disorder that leads to accumulation of a chemical that smells like rotting fish.
A new grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation will allow Monell scientists and collaborators to confirm initial findings of a unique odor pattern for ovarian cancer. The multi-disciplinary team will use the information to customize a portable screening device that can diagnose the deadly disease at early, treatable stages.
New Monell research reveals that children begin using olfactory information to help guide their responses to emotionally-expressive faces at about five years of age. The findings advance understanding of how children integrate different types of sensory information to direct their social behavior.
Despite the common perception that good-tasting food is unhealthy because it causes obesity, new Monell research using a mouse model suggests that desirable taste in and of itself does not lead to weight gain.
Leslie J. Stein, Ph.D.
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