2022 Symposia

Keynote Lecture

    Susana Martinez-Conde, PhD
    SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

    From Fixation to Exploration: An Integrative View of Oculomotor Function

    During visual exploration, saccadic eye movements scan the scene for objects of interest. During attempted fixation, the eyes are relatively still but often produce microsaccades. Though exploration and fixation have traditionally been regarded as two distinct oculomotor behaviors, an alternative model is that fixation and exploration are not dichotomous, but the two extremes of a functional continuum. I will present data from healthy subjects as well as patients suffering from neurological disease, supporting the view that visual fixation is functionally equivalent to visual exploration on a spatially focused scale. I will also discuss my lab’s research using microsaccade production to better understand the role of area V1 in the perceptual distinction between self-motion and world-motion. Finally, I will present our latest findings on what oculomotor behavior might reveal about the perception of art.

Accessible and Highly-Collaborative Chemosensory Science

  • Chairs: Valentina Parma - Monell Chemical Senses Center & Renee Hartig - Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Lucia Prieto-Godino- Francis Crick Institute
Insights Into Nervous System Evolution from the Fly Olfactory System

Oghogho Braimah- University of Benin
What It Really Takes To Make Chemosensory Tests Cross-Cultural? Experience With Rapid Smell Testing In Nigeria
Ha Nguyen - Monell Chemical Senses Center
A Worldwide Taste Project - Our Experience

Benjamin H. Paffhausen - CNRS Toulouse
Open Hardware in Neuroscience, Better, Faster, Funner

Chemosensory testing and COVID-19: Results of the National Institutes of Health RADx-rad initiative

  • Chairs: Susan Sullivan - NIDCD & Steven Munger - University of Florida

Kym Man - Ohio State University
A Confectionary-based Screening Tool for Assessing Chemosensory Loss in COVID-19 Patients

Pamela Dalton - Monell Chemical Senses Center
NSCENTinel: A Rapid Smell Test for COVID-19 Surveillance

Mark Albers - ADK Group and Harvard Medical School
Longitudinal at Home Smell Testing to Detect Infection by SARS-CoV-2

Richard Gerkin - Arizona State University
Rapid Olfactory Tools for Telemedicinefriendly COVID-19 Screening and Surveillance

Clinical Session on Parosmia

  • Chair: Thomas Hummel - University of Dresden Medical School

Eric Holbrook - Harvard University
Boston: Olfactory Epithelium in Parosmia

Jane Parker - University of Reading
Edinburg: Molecular Triggers of Parosmia

Alexander Fjældstad - Aarhus University
Aarhus: Coping with Parosmia

Bob Pellegrino - Monell Chemical Senses Center
Philadelphia: Clinical Appearance of Parosmia

Caroline Huart - Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc
Brussels: Central Nervous Involvement in Parosmia

Presidential Symposium: How COVID-19 Affects Taste, Smell, The Brain and The Mind

  • Chair: Nirupa Chaudhari - University of Miami

Danielle Reed - Monell Chemical Senses Center
Genetics of COVID-19 Susceptibility: Phenotypes and Ancestry

Stavros Lomvardas - Zuckerman Neuroscience Institute, Columbia University
Mechanisms of COVID-19 Induced Anosmia

Christopher Bartley - UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Anti-SARS-CoV-2 and self-reactive antibodies in neuropsychiatric COVID-19

Recent Surprises in Olfaction

  • Chair: Lisa Stowers - The Scripps Research Institute

Tatsuya Tskukahara - Harvard University
Sensory Experience Alters Transcriptional Profile of Olfactory Sensory Neurons

Meg Younger- Boston University
Non-Canonical Odor Coding Ensures Unbreakable Mosquito Attraction To Humans

Matt Smear - University of Oregon
Neural Correlates Of State And Place In The Olfactory Bulb Of Freely-Moving Mice

Carl Schoonover - Columbia
Representational Drift In Primary Olfactory cortex

The Gestalt of Fat Perception: More than Taste and Smell

  • Chairs: Linda Flammer - Monell Chemical Senses Center & Nancy Rawson - Monell Chemical Senses Center & Paul Breslin - Rutgers University and the Monell Chemical Senses Center

Yalda Moayedi - Columbia University
The Neurons And Circuits That Underlie Oral Somatosensation

Jason Stokes - The University of Queensland,
Rheology And Tribology Are NOT The Same:Insights Into The Dynamics Of Oral Lubrication And Mouthfeel

Brittany Miles - The Ohio State University
What We Are Learning About Oral Texture Perception

John Prescott - Taste Matters
Weaving Together Multiple Sensations To Produce The Oral Perception Of Fats

Top-down regulation in olfaction

  • Chairs: Elizabeth Hanson Moss - Baylor College of Medicine & Joseph Zak - University of Illinois Chicago

Gabriel Lepousez - Institut Pasteur
Long-Range Gabaergic Projections Contribute To Cortical Feedback Control Of Olfactory Processing

Pablo Villar - University of Maryland
Basal Forebrain Gabaergic Projections To The Olfactory Bulb Are Rapidly Recruited By Odor Encounters In A Stimulus Specific Manner

Hillary Cansler- University of Florida
Selective Attention To Odors Engages An Olfactory-Prefrontal Network

Dinu Florin Albeanu - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
A Non-Canonical Pathway For Computing Odor Identity

Toward an understanding of the generation and regeneration of chemosensory cells

  • Chair: Peihua Jiang - Monell Chemical Senses Center

James Schwob - Tufts University
How And When To Fix A Broken Nose

Archana Kumari - Rowan University
HH Signaling In Taste Generation, Homeostasis And Regeneration

Wan-Jin Lu - Stanford University
Beyond Hedgehog: Probing Restoration Of Taste Receptor Cell With Engineered Nanobodies

Bradley Goldstein - Duke University
Adult Olfactory Neurogenesis: Of Mice And Men

Transforming the Chemical Senses: Grand Challenges and New Paradigms

  • Chair: John McGann - Rutgers University

Understanding bitterness, and its implications for food formulations

  • Chair: Robin Dando - Cornell University

Masha Niv- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ann-Marie Torregrossa- University at Buffalo

John Hayes- Pennsylvania State University

Guy Servant - Firmenich