2019 Symposia

Givaudan Lecture

    Paul Rozin, PhD
    Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

    The Chemical Senses And Eating: Flavor Principles And Cuisine, The Sequence Of Experiences In The Meal, And Reversing 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

    Tolulope Morawo - 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 Processing 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
    Plasticity in Peripheral Olfactory Function

    Brad Goldstein
    Stem Cell Transplants

    Katie Whitcroft
    Olfactory Bulb Changes in Parkinsons disease

    Maurice Curtis
    Decreasing and Increasing Olfactory Function:Central Nervous Changes

    Antje Welge-Luessen
    Spontaneous Recovery of Olfactory Function and Olfactory training

    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