- Monell Partners with the Brain Health Registry. Deterioration in a person’s ability to smell can sometimes be an early sign of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Monell and the BHR seek better insight into how olfactory changes may relate to health and cognitive function.
- Digesting Sweet Taste. New research establishes that sweet taste cells also contain digestive enzymes. These findings increase understanding of the complex cellular mechanisms underlying sweet taste detection and may even point to a better-tasting non-caloric sweetener.
- Key Regulatory Role for Mysterious Molecule OMP. Solving a 30-year-old mystery regarding the function of olfactory marker protein (OMP) increased understanding of how the olfactory system integrates information to transmit accurate data about odors to the brain.
- Danielle Reed Appointed Associate Director of Monell Center. A world-recognized expert on the behavioral genetics of taste, Danielle Reed, PhD, was named Associate Director of the Monell Center.
- The Journey from Wow. From our Director of Development, a non-scientist’s view of the past year at Monell. Read on for Jenifer Trachtman’s look into how the discoveries being made in taste and smell impact our lives in often surprising ways.
- Unraveling the Enigma of Salt Taste. A multidisciplinary team from Monell has further unraveled the enigma of salty taste detection. Their findings may lead to new approaches that can help reduce the sodium content of food while retaining desirable salty taste.
- Odor of Alzheimer’s Disease. A recent study reports an identifiable odor signature from mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. The odor signature appears before significant Alzheimer’s-related brain pathology, suggesting the possibility of a non-invasive tool for early diagnosis.
- Children’s Ability to Detect Sugar Varies Widely. Recent Monell research finds that school-aged children have widely different sensitivity to sweet taste, which is in part genetically-determined. The study may help reduce sugar consumption and improve children’s nutritional health.
- Welcoming New Faculty… And Congratulating a Member on Retirement. Greetings and Farewells within Monell.
And much more…
- New leader
- New discoveries
- New partnerships
- New directions
- New faculty
- New potential
From genomics to internal chemosensory receptors to regenerative medicine, Monell discoveries build on basic chemosensory science to enhance your lives through the potential of translation and application. This past year brought an extraordinary sense of excitement and expectation to Monell. Download our 2014-15 Annual Report to learn more about what Monell accomplished over the past year and what it means for you.
- Sense and the Single Cell. Using a powerful new field known as transcriptomics, Monell scientists drill down to the genes expressed by individual receptor cells. Their quarry? One of the last unknown taste proteins, a generalist salt receptor.
- Neighborhood Science. Taking research into Philadelphia’s neighborhoods allows Monell scientists to answer questions that can’t be addressed in the lab. Read about our recent work with the Vetri Foundation for Children and the Please Touch Museum.
- STEM in the Summer. Our long-standing summer apprenticeship program begins its 34th year.
- Taking Yoga Off the Mat. Why a yoga mat company supports our research on ovarian cancer detection.
And much more…
- A Year of Hope. As we enter the second year of A Sense of Hope, we have much to be proud of. Our newest video highlights our accomplishments to
date, while providing insight into the difficulties of living life without smell.
- Anosmia CME. Monell scientists teamed with physicians at Thomas Jefferson University for a panel discussion on anosmia. The panel focused on increasing awareness and knowledge about the frequency and causes of anosmia, the lack of available treatments, and new targeted research at Monell and Jefferson.
- Nasal Airflow Research. Monell research focuses on technology to predict success of targeted surgery to reverse smell loss by removing nasal blockages.
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