2012 Press Releases

Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) 35th Annual Meeting:
Smell and Taste Experts to Discuss New Discoveries

Fostering chemical senses research and understanding smell and taste in health and disease


Dr. Debra Ann Fadool, Chairman, Public Information and Affairs Committee; e-mail:  dfadool@bio.fsu.edu.  Before 24 April and after 29 April:  Phone 1.850.644.4775; April 25–28, 2012, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort, Huntington Beach, California; Phone 1.714.698.1234.

Huntington Beach, CA—The Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS), a US-based scientific organization, is holding its 34th annual meeting.  About 500 scientists are gathering to present new information on the role of smell and taste in disease,       nutrition, and social interactions in humans as well as animals.  Smell and taste play essential roles in our daily lives. These       chemical senses serve as important warning systems, alerting us to the presence of potentially harmful situations or substances, including gas leaks, smoke, and spoiled food.  Flavors and fragrances are also important in determining what foods we eat and the commercial products we use.  The pleasures derived from eating are mainly based on the chemical senses.  Thousands of Americans experience loss of smell or taste each year resulting from head trauma, sinus disease, normal aging, and neurological disorders, such as brain injury, stroke and Alzheimer's disease.  By providing a better understanding of the function of chemosensory systems, scientific and biomedical research is leading to improvements in the diagnoses and treatment of smell and taste disorders.

Members of AChemS (http//www.achems.org) are arriving in Huntington Beach to present the latest findings generated from        research on taste, smell and related issues
(see program at http://www.achems.org/files/2012%20Meeting%20Files/2012Program_5%20(2).pdf).  
Research topics range from molecular biology to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of smell and taste disorders.

In addition, six special-subject symposia, three platform lectures, six poster sessions, and two workshops have been scheduled
(see http://www.achems.org/files/2012%20Meeting%20Files/Final%20List%20of%20Accepted%20Symposia(1).pdf).

During the four-day meeting 319 presentations will be made by scientists from around the world
(see all scientific abstracts at http://www.achems.org/files/2012%20Meeting%20Files/FINAL%202012%20WhiteOut%20Abs.pdf).

Selected new discoveries to be presented at the meeting include:

Imagination of odors or music:  both cooks and musicians rely more on their right hemisphere
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3961; contact Dr. Moustafa Bensafi, bensafi@olfac.univ-lyon1.fr).

A mere taste of salt causes blood pressure changes
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3960; contact Dr. Paul Breslin, breslin@aesop.rutgers.edu).

High-performance computing allows insights into olfactory receptor–odorant interactions
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3959; contact Dr. Chiquito J. Crasto, chiquito@uab.edu).

Olfactory function deteriorates after epilepsy surgery
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3958) contact Dr. Antje Hähner, antje.haehner@uniklinikum-dresden.de).

Fragrances take the bite out of mosquitoes
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3957; contact Dr. Anandasankar Ray, anand.ray@acr.edu).

Olfaction is differently impaired in Alzheimer’s and in Parkinson’s diseases
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3956; contact Dr. Shady Rahayel, shady.rahayel@gmail.com).

Does repeated sugar intake make sugar taste better?
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3955; contact Dr. Stuart A. McCaughey, samccaughey@bsu.edu)

You are what your mother ate
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3954; contact Dr. Dane R. Hansen, dane.hansen@usu.edu).

Quick smell test helps diagnose Alzheimer’s disease
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3953; contact Ms. Jennifer J. Stamps, jstamps@ufl.edu).

Do men’s pheromones trigger women’s generosity?
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3952; contact Dr. Valentina Perrotta, valentina.perrotta@unitn.it).

What smell loss means for our sexual life
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3951; contact Dr. Volker Gudziol, Volker.gudziol@uniklinikum-dresden.de)

Inflammation trashes taste
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3950; contact Dr. Hong Wang, hwang@monell.org).

Chemosensory dysfunction is more sensitive to Parkinson’s disease than other types of sensory dysfunction
(http://www.achems.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3977; contact Dr. Richard L. Doty, Richard.doty@uphs.upenn.edu).