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Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS) 37th Annual Meeting

Smell and Taste Experts to Discuss New Discoveries - Fostering chemical senses research and understanding smell and taste in health and disease

Association for Chemoreception Sciences

Bonita Springs, FL--Bonita Springs, FL- Smell and taste are vital senses that bring pleasure to daily life, inform us about our environment, and guide fundamental behaviors in humans and animals. This month, over 500 scientists and clinicians will gather in Bonita Springs, FL, for the nation's leading forum on smell and taste research, the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS). AChemS will feature nearly 350 presentations on the roles of smell and taste in both human and animal health. Smell and taste are crucial to daily functions ranging from food choice and nutrition to detecting environmental dangers such as gas leaks and fires. Flavors and fragrances are also important in determining what foods we eat and the commercial products we use. 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. The 37th annual AChemS meeting is the best opportunity to learn about the newest findings in the biological, psychological and clinical aspects of smell and taste.

Members of AChemS are arriving in Bonita Springs to present the latest findings generated from research on taste, smell and related issues (see program). Research topics range from molecular biology to the clinical diagnosis and treatment of smell and taste disorders. Ten special-subject symposia, a plenary lecture, a clinical lecture, two oral sessions, six poster sessions, and two workshops have been scheduled. During the four-day meeting 346 presentations will be made by scientists from around the world (see all scientific abstracts). In addition, celebrated author and cook Harold McGee is scheduled to give a presentation on April 25th entitled "Playing With Food: Three Centuries of Science in the Kitchen".



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Dr. John Boughter, Chair, Public Information and Affairs Committee; e-mail: Before 22 April and after 25 April: Phone 901.448.1633; April 22-25, 2014, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, Bonita Springs, FL; Phone 1.239.444.1234 and 901.299.3221 (cell).

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