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Thursday, 17 December 2009
(at 13:00 in room 115, Hallwachsstr. 3)
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Assessment of chemosensory function

Thomas Hummel

Smell & Taste Clinic, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Medical School, TU Dresden

The chemical senses are important for our lives a good example for interactive information processing. They include the olfactory, gustatory and trigeminal systems. These senses all have in common to be stimulated by chemicals. In fact, individual compounds typically activate not only one but several of the chemical senses. For example, nicotine not only activates the olfactory nerves, but also produces a powerful activation of the intranasal chemosensory trigeminal system or an activation of the gustatory system. The presentation will focus on the assessment of chemosensory function in humans at various levels, including psychophysical, electrophysiological and imaging techniques.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Hummel does research in the chemosensory systems at the Smell and Taste Clinic of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University Dresden Medical School in Germany. This includes an olfactory/gustatory dysfunction clinic also involving patients with neurodegenerative causes of olfactory loss, and investigations in the intranasal trigeminal system. Investigations in these areas are performed using electrophysiological (olfactory event-related potentials, recordings from the mucosa of the nasal cavity), psychophysical, and imaging techniques (PET, FMRI). Dr. Hummel received his medical education in at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. There, he also went through a special program in Pharmacology and Toxicology ("Habilitation"). As a post-doc he stayed to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA. Further, Dr. Hummel was Assistant Professor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He is author/co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed, original publications, more than 40 reviews in the chemosensory area, over 40 chapters and editor of two books in the scientific literature.

Invited by G. Cuniberti

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