Currently, we have a good understanding on how the olfactory and taste systems work at the peripheral level. We also have a basic understanding on some of the molecular, behavioral and physiological mechanisms underlying appetite, food choices and associated disorders. However, how the olfactory, taste and appetite systems interact, and that interplay can lead to disease is still largely unknown.
The aim of this conference is to bring together world-renowned experts from the fields of olfaction, taste, food perception and intake, and neurobiology of feeding to illustrate the ongoing research and to drive scientific knowledge in this area of research. We hope this will provide clues to potential approaches for controlling appetite and obesity, which is of serious medical concern in our modern society. This would ultimately engender better and more personalized treatment options to deter the obesity pandemic.
The first “Qatar Olfactory Mini Symposium (QOMS 2016)”, a satellite half-day meeting with a special focus on olfaction, will be an integrant part of this conference.
This conference is organized as part of the Sidra Symposia Series and is directed towards academia, researchers, physicians, healthcare providers and regulatory agents involved in the fields of chemosenses, nutrition, obesity and related disorders.