Category: Research

Food Fight: Combating Obesity with Vegetables

For over 30 years, landmark studies from Julie Mennella, Gary Beauchamp, Beverly Cowart and other Monell researchers have provided significant insights into how infants and children form flavor preferences. With broad implications for children’s health, this foundational work is highly…

The Journey From Wow

Monell is a unique organization; the only independent research center in the world studying taste and smell. I first found out about Monell in 2011 while walking my kids through the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival. I was fascinated by smelling…

Research at Twinsburg: A Retrospective

It’s difficult to describe the otherworldly feeling of walking around a festival surrounded by thousands of mirror images – but that’s Twinsburg in a nut-shell. The 2015 Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg drew 2041 sets of twins and multiples, many of…

Why Study Twins?

Monell scientists first started attending the Twins Days Festival in 2002, joining a number of other institutions in the Research Plaza just outside the Festival grounds. In 2003, we wrote about the Twinsburg trips for the Monell Newsletter (you can…

Seeing Double: Monell is Heading to Twinsburg

Feel like you’re seeing double? Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes! You’re looking at a photo from the Twins Days Festival, the largest annual gathering of twins in the world. The Festival is hosted every summer in, of…

Sense and the Single Cell

Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, salt has two personalities. On one hand, we all need salt to survive; this is the biological reason for why it tastes so good. On the other, overconsumption can be unhealthy, contributing to high…

Neighborhood Science

Why leave the cozy confines of the lab? Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Other times, thinking outside the box just isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to go outside the box. While research at Monell has worldwide significance,…

Past, Present, Future

After 27 years at McCormick & Company, William Zeiger, PhD, knows a thing or two about olfaction and taste. Zeiger began his scientific career as a Monell post-doctoral fellow in the early 1970’s, working on early olfactory binding studies in…