2019 Symposia

Plenary Lecture

    Paul Rozin, PhD
    Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

    The Chemical Senses and Eating: Can We Reverse Innate Aversions

In-Focus: Cracking the Chemosensory Code

  • Chairs: Matt Wachowiak - University of Utah & Patricia DiLorenzo - Binghamton University

This day-long symposium will feature recent progress in the neural coding of chemosensory information, centered around four major themes: 1) Uncovering structure and meaning in chemosensory representations; 2) Coding of natural chemosensory stimuli; 3) Chemosensory-guided navigation: Dynamic computing in the natural environment; and 4) Contribution of anatomical organization to chemosensory coding.


  • Lucia Jacobs
  • Jonathan Victor
  • Kathy Nagel
  • Matt Smear
  • Tatyana Sharpee
  • Elizabeth Hong
  • Sophie Caron
  • Kathrin Ohla
  • Pat Di Lorenzo
  • Johan Lundstrom
  • Matt Wachowiak
  • Hiro Matsunami
  • Robin Krimm
  • Lisa Stowers
  • David Hill
  • Steve Roper
  • Robert Datta
  • Ranier Guttierez
  • Arianna Maffei
  • Gina Turrigiano

  • Configural versus elemental perception of chemosensory complex stimuli

    • Chairs: Gerard Coureaud - Lyon University & Donald Wilson - New York University

    Janina Seubert- Karolinska Institute
    The Role Of Multisensory Overlap For Configural Processing Of Food Flavor In Humans: Behavioral Markers And Neural Correlates

    Vijay Singh - University of Pennsylvania
    Encoding And Decoding Complex Odors In The Olfactory System

    Henry Fadamiro - Auburn University
    From Neuron To Behavior: Response Of Parasitic Wasps To Mixtures Of Plant-Associated Odors

    Gerard Coureaud - Lyon University
    Configural Perception Of Odor Mixtures: Functional Early In Life, Convergent Between Species

    Modulation and Processing of Appetitive Taste in Insects

    • Chair: Hubert Amrein - Texas A&M University

    Pavel Masek - Binghamton University
    The Fat Tastes Different: The Perception And Discrimination Of Fatty Acids In Drosophila

    Ji-eun Ahn - Texas A&M University
    The Taste of RNA in Insects

    Monica Dus - University of Michigan
    A High Sugar Diet Reshapes Sweet Taste Sensation In Drosophila

    Kristin Scott - Berkeley
    Circuit Dissection Of Taste Processing In Drosophila

    Hedgehog signaling control of tissue homeostasis across diverse chemosensory epithelia

    • Chairs: Benjamin Allen - University of Michigan Medical School & Charlotte Mistretta - University of Michigan

    Robert Margolskee - Monell Chemical Senses Center
    Hedgehog Signaling Components And Regulation Of Taste Receptor Cells

    Archana Kumari - University of Michigan
    Cell Proliferation, Differentiation And Sensory Function In Taste Epithelia Regulated By Hedgehog Signaling

    Anna Shirazyan - University of Michigan
    Investigating The Role Of Gli Proteins During Regeneration Of Olfactory Epithelia

    Tien Peng - University of California, San Francisco
    Role Of Hedgehog In The Maintenance Of Resident Stem Cell Niche In The Adult Lung

    Fat facts: an update on fat perception and its dietary consequences

    • Chair: Sanne Boesveldt - Wageningen University

    Nada Abumrad - Washington University
    History And Physiology Of Fat Taste Perception. What We Know And Don’t Know

    Robin Tucker - Michigan State University
    Why Am I (Not) Sensitive To Fat Taste? Contributing Factors To Individual Taste Differences

    Tania Reis- University of Colorado
    From Genes To Neurons: How Flies Get Fat

    Sabine Frank-Podlech - University of Tubingen
    The Brain As A Fat Sensor? Neuronal Correlates Of Nutritional Fat Intake

    Chemical senses: intero- or exteroception?

    • Chair: Maria Veldhuizen - Yale University

    Kathrin Kollndorfer - University of Vienna
    The Impact Of Odor Perception On Interoceptive Awareness

    Jason Avery -National Institute for Mental Health
    Integration Of Gustatory And Interoceptive Processive In The Human Insula

    Renee Hartig- Max Planck Institute
    Mapping Gustatory And Interoceptive Responses In The Primate Brain. Insights Into The Insular Cortex

    Esposti Federico- Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
    Cortical And Subcortical Representations Of Interoceptive Inputs From Microbial Populations In The Gut

    Can we talk about smells?

    • Chairs: Valentina Parma - International School for Advanced Studies & Jonas Olofsson - Stockholm University

    Jonas Olofsson- Stockholm University
    Explaining How Odors Are Named And Identified By Examining Neuro-Cognitive Processes

    Laura Speed- The University of York
    Embodied Odor Language

    Francesca Franzon- International School for Advanced Studies
    Why Smell Words Do Not Come Easily? Pathways To Olfactory Lexicon

    Theresa White - Le Moyne College
    How Language And Cognition Shape Olfaction

    PRESIDENTIAL SYMPOSIUM: Chemoreception from receptors to behaviors


    • Noam Sobel - Weizmann Institute of Science
    • Emily Liman - University of Southern California
    • Daniel Wesson - University of Florida
    • Leslie Vosshall - Rockefeller University

    Clinical Symposium: Plasticity in the olfactory system - the clinical perspective

    • Chairs: Thomas Hummel and Sanne Boesveldt


    • Eric Holbrook
    • Brad Goldstein
    • Katie Whitcroft
    • Maurice Curtis
    • Antje Welge-Luessen

    Industry Symposium: Oral/Nasal Pungency

    • Chairs: Beverly Tepper


    • Bradley Bolling
    • Neeta Yousaf
    • Johannes Frasnelli
    • Stephen Roper
    • Kyle Shadix

    AChemS Journal Club: Turnover and Renewal of Cells in Taste Buds: from Beidler's Classic Paper of 1969 to Chemosensory Cell Dynamics Five Decades Later