The 22nd workshop of the UK Semiochemistry Network was held at the beautiful Gonville and Caius College on the 22nd and 23rd of July 2014. The David Kelly Lecture was delivered by Dr Lisa Stowers from the Scripps Institute in La Jolla.

Day one: 22 July 2014

1:00 Lunch

  • 2:20 Welcome and Introduction

session 1: Mammalian Semiochemistry

chair: Dr Darren Logan

  • 2:30pm Genetically determined odour acuity affects experience and consumption-related behaviours – Jeremy McRae, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge
  • 3:00pm Genetic control of olfactory receptor expression – Ximena Ibarra-Soria, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge
  • 3:30pm Extracellular pH regulates excitability of vomeronasal sensory neurons – Marc Spehr, RWTH-Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.

4:00pm Tea Break

  • 4:30pm A distinct population of vomeronasal sensory neurons drives a wide range of innate behaviours in mice – Pablo Chamero, University of Saarland, Homburg, Germany
  • 5:00pm

The Dave Kelly Lecture

Mechanisms that transform sensory information into behavior

Lisa Stowers The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA.

7:30pm Workshop Dinner

Day two: 23 July 2014

09:00 session 2: Psychology

chair: John Behan, University of Kent, Canterbury.

  • 9:05am Neuroscience-inspired Multisensory Design – Charles Spence, University of Oxford.
  • 9:35am The Smell of Death – Arnaud Wiseman, University of Kent, Canterbury.
  • 10:05am Olfactory and multisensory integration research in a psychiatric context – Jessica Freiherr, Uniklinik RWTH, Aachen, Germany.

10:35am Tea Break (Including AGM).

11:05am session 3: Interaction between olfaction and the other senses

chair: Claire Martin, CNRS UMR8165, Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France.

  • 11:10am Cerebral imagery of olfactory and trigeminal perceptions - Pierre-Edouard Billot, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
  • 11:40am Memory of unique events in the daily life of rats: an original episodic-like memory task ? - Nadine Ravel, CNRS UMR 5292 - INSERM U1028 - Université de Lyon, Lyon, France
  • 12:10pm Title – Speaker. TBA

12:40pm Lunch

2:00pm session 4: Clinical session

chair: Mr Carl Philpott, University of East Anglia, Norwich.

  • 2:05pm Disorders of Taste – Basile Landis, University Hospital, Geneva.
  • 2:35pm Can olfaction get us closer to PREDICTing Parkinson’s? - Dr Alistair Noyce, Institute of Neurology, University College London
  • 3:05pm What does your sense of smell mean to you? – Duncan Boak, Fifth Sense.