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.

Team

Therese Ovesen
Professor, MD, DMSci
Aarhus University, Denmark. ENT Dept., Holstebro, Denmark.
Morten Kringelbach
Professor
The Queen's College, University of Oxford, UK. Aarhus University, Denmark.
Arne Møller
Clinical Associate Professor, MD
Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
Alexander Fjaeldstad
MD, PhD
University of Oxford, UK. Aarhus University, Denmark. ENT Dept., Holstebro, Denmark.
Henrique Fernandes
PhD, PostDoc, Biomedical Engineer
Aarhus University, Denmark. University of Oxford, UK.
Tim van Hartevelt
PhD, PostDoc
University of Oxford, UK. Aarhus University, Denmark.
Carsten Gleesborg
PhD Student
Aarhus University, Denmark.
Andreas Steenholt Niklassen
Affiliated researcher
Aarhus University, Denmark.

Advisory Board

Thomas Hummel
Professor
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Gordon Shepherd
Professor
Yale University, USA
Raymond Chan
Professor
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Ole Mouritsen
Professor
University of Southern Denmark
Leif Østergaard
Professor
Aarhus University, Denmark

Research

The research in Flavour Institute is divided into three pillars

MODELS – HUMANS – IMPACT

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).