Flavour Institute

In Flavour Institute, we aim to advance the knowledge of smell, taste, and how these merge in flavour. A loss of sensory abilities will often reduce quality of life, but may also be an earlier warning sign of psychiatric, neurologic and neurodegenerative disease. By working with all aspects of smell, taste, and flavour, we work to form a platform for a multidisciplinary approach in research, clinical diagnostics, and treatment.


Therese Ovesen
Professor, MD, DMSci
Aarhus University, Denmark. ENT Dept., Holstebro, Denmark.
Morten Kringelbach
The Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK. Aarhus University, Denmark.
Arne Møller
Associate Professor, MD
Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
Jens Randel Nyengaard
Professor, MD
Aarhus University, Denmark.
Alexander Fjaeldstad
MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Aarhus University, Denmark. ENT Dept., Holstebro, Denmark. University of Oxford, UK.
ResearchGateTwitterAarhus University
Henrique Fernandes
PhD, Assistent Professor, Biomedical Engineer
Aarhus University, Denmark. University of Oxford, UK.
Carsten Gleesborg
PhD Student
Aarhus University, Denmark.
Andreas Steenholt Niklassen
MD, PhD student
Aarhus University, Denmark.

Advisory Board

Thomas Hummel
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Gordon Shepherd
Yale University, USA
Raymond Chan
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Leif Østergaard
Aarhus University, Denmark
Michael Pedersen
Aarhus University, Denmark
Christian Margot
D.Sci. Chem.
Firmenich, Geneva


The research in Flavour Institute is divided into three interacting areas: clinical, imaging, and metabolic.

In order to investigate the full spectrum of flavour research, we combine modalities such as clinical chemosensory testing, behavioral studies, chemistry, molecular methods, cellular methods, neuroimaging, and computational modelling.

Selected Flavour Institute publications

Examples of ongoing projects


Flavour Clinic

Evaluating olfactory function is essential in patients prior to nasal surgery or with olfactory disorders to assess the effect of surgery or to guide therapeutic intervention. Olfactory assessment is regarded an essential part of the otorhinolaryngologic examination in patients with nasal or sinus disease and is being used as a supportive diagnostic tool for neurological diseases.

In December 2016, the first out patient clinic for diagnosing and treating patients with olfactory or gustatory deficits in Denmark. In a close collaboration between clinicians and researchers, we are working improving and delivering the best possible clinical care for patients with chemosensory deficits.

For patient information, please see the Flavour Clinic website (Danish) or contact the ENT department (Send e-mail).