David Laing

Adjunct Professor

Qualifications: BSc, PhD (UNSW)

Research Interests
Psychological, anatomical and physiological research on the developing senses of smell and taste in humans is aimed at understanding the maturity of the two senses in children and the establishment of clinical tests of smell and taste for children. The latter are being applied to studies of disorders of the two senses and strategies for managing chemosensory dysfunction.

Broad Research Areas
Neuroscience, Obesity, Neuropsychology, ENT

Specific Research Keywords
Aboriginal Health, Development of Sensory Systems, Chemoreception, Measurement in Clinical Research, Neural Injury

Teaching Interests    
Teaching focusses on postgraduate training on the senses of smell and taste and chemosensory dysfunction.

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:

  • Australian Neuroscience Society
  • Australian Experimental Psychology Society
  • Australasian Human Development Association
  • Australian Society of Perfumers and Flavourists
  • Association for Chemoreception Sciences, USA
  • European Chemoreception Research Organisation
  • Editorial Boards of the International Journal Appetite

Other Postgraduate Research    
University of Western Sydney
Maryam Shahbake, PhD candidate 'Anatomical Studies of Taste'

Funding Sources    

  • Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Leslie Stevens Fund for Newborn Care
  • Faculty of Medicine Research Grant
  • ARC (1993-2002)


Journal articles
Armstrong JE; Laing DG; Jinks AL, 2017, 'Taste-elicited activity in facial muscle regions in 5-8-week-old infants', Chemical Senses, vol. 42, pp. 443 - 453, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjx023
Cohen J; Wakefield CE; Laing DG, 2016, 'Smell and taste disorders resulting from cancer and chemotherapy', Current Pharmaceutical Design, vol. 22, pp. 2253 - 2263, http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1381612822666160216150812
Cohen J; Laing DG; Wilkes FJ; Chan A; Gabriel M; Cohn RJ, 2014, 'Taste and smell dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors', Appetite, vol. 75, pp. 135 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2014.01.001
Correa M; Hutchinson I; Laing DG; Jinks AL, 2013, 'Changes in Fungiform Papillae Density During Development in Humans', Chemical Senses, vol. 38, pp. 519 - 527, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjt022
Laing DG, 2012, 'New strategies needed for investigating taste–obesity relationships', Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol. 97, pp. 1012 - 1013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2012-302019
Cohen J; Laing D; Wilkes FJ, 2012, 'Taste and smell function in pediatric blood and marrow transplant patients', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 20, pp. 3019 - 3023, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-012-1559-8
Laing D; Wilkes F; Underwood L; Tran L, 2011, 'Taste disorders in Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children', ACTA Paediatrica, vol. 100, pp. 1267 - 1271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02292.x
Armstrong JE; Laing D; Wilkes F; Kainer G, 2010, 'Smell and taste function in children with chronic kidney disease', Pediatric Nephrology, vol. 25, pp. 1497 - 1504, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00467-010-1529-7
Laing D; Armstrong JE; Aitken M; Carroll A; Wilkes F; Jinks A; Jaffe A, 2010, 'Chemosensory Function and Food Preferences of Children with Cystic Fibrosis', Pediatric Pulmonology, vol. 45, pp. 807 - 815, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppul.21261
Wilkes F; Laing D; Hutchinson I; Jinks A; Monteleone E, 2009, 'Temporal processing of olfactory stimuli during retronasal perception', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 200, pp. 68 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2008.12.031
Armstrong JE; Laing D; Wilkes F; Laing O, 2008, 'Olfactory function in Australian Aboriginal children and chronic otitis media', Chemical Senses, vol. 33, pp. 503 - 507, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjn017
Laing D; Segovia C; Fark T; Laing O; Jinks A; Nikolaus J; Hummel T, 2008, 'Tests for screening olfactory and gustatory function in school-age children', Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 139, pp. 74 - 82
Hummel T; Roudnitzky N; Kempter W; Laing D, 2007, 'Intranasal trigeminal function in children', Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, vol. 49, pp. 849 - 853, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8749.2007.00849.x
Armstrong JE; Hutchinson I; Laing D; Jinks A, 2007, 'Facial electromyography: Responses of children to odor and taste stimuli', Chemical Senses, vol. 32, pp. 611 - 621, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjm029
Sokolic L; Laing D; McGregor IS, 2007, 'Asymmetric suppression of components in binary aldehyde mixtures: Behavioral studies in the laboratory rat', Chemical Senses, vol. 32, pp. 191 - 199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjl049
Hummel T; Bensafi M; Nikolaus J; Knecht M; Laing D; Schaal B, 2007, 'Olfactory function in children assessed with psychophysical and electrophysiological techniques', Behavioural Brain Research, vol. 180, pp. 133 - 138
Marshall K; Laing D; Jinks A; Hutchinson I, 2006, 'The capacity of humans to identify components in complex odor-taste mixtures', Chemical Senses, vol. 31, pp. 539 - 545, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjj058
Armstrong JE; Hutchinson I; Laing D; Jinks A, 2006, 'Development of a clinical test to assess smell and taste function in children', Australian Journal of Psychology, vol. 58, pp. 60 - 61, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000242541400212&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
Shahbake M; Hutchinson I; Laing D; Jinks A, 2005, 'Rapid quantitative assessment of fungiform papillae density in the human tongue', Brain Research, vol. 1052, pp. 196 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2005.06.031
Marshall K; Laing D; Jinks A; Effendy J; Hutchinson I, 2005, 'Perception of temporal order and the identification of components in taste mixtures.', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 83, pp. 673 - 681
Rose G; Laing DG; Oram N; Hutchinson I, 2004, 'Sensory profiling by children aged 6-7 and 10-11 years. Part 2: A modality approach', Food Quality and Preference, vol. 15, pp. 597 - 606, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2003.11.009
Rose G; Laing DG; Oram N; Hutchinson I, 2004, 'Sensory profiling by children aged 6-7 and 10-11 years. Part 1: A descriptor approach', Food Quality and Preference, vol. 15, pp. 585 - 596, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2003.11.008
Laing DG; Oram N; Burgess J; Ram PR; Moore G; Rose G; Hutchinson I; Skurray GR, 1999, 'The development of meat-eating habits during childhood in Australia', International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, vol. 50, pp. 29 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/096374899101391
Oram N; Laing DG; Hutchinson I; Owen J; Rose G; Freeman M; Newell G, 1995, 'The influence of flavor and color on drink identification by children and adults', Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 28, pp. 239 - 246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/dev.420280405
Cameron MA; Eagleson GK; Willcox ME; Laing DG; Panhuber H, 1988, 'Testing for correlated errors in the analysis of variance', Biometrics, vol. 44, pp. 695 - 704, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2531584
PANHUBER H; LAING DG; WILLCOX ME; EAGLESON GK; PITTMAN EA, 1985, 'THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE SIZE AND NUMBER OF MITRAL CELLS IN THE OLFACTORY-BULB OF THE RAT', JOURNAL OF ANATOMY, vol. 140, pp. 297 - 308, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1985AER4200011&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
Laing DG; Panhuber H; Pittman EA; Willcox ME; Eagleson GK, 1985, 'Prolonged exposure to an odor or deodorized air alters the size of mitral cells in the olfactory bulb', Brain Research, vol. 336, pp. 81 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0006-8993(85)90418-4
Cavill GWK; Goodrich BS; Laing DG, 1970, '2-and 4-Methylcyclopent-2-enone and related compounds', Australian Journal of Chemistry, vol. 23, pp. 83 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH9700083
Conference Papers
Armstrong JE; Laing D; Kainer G; Wilkes F, 2008, 'Smell and Taste Function in Children with Chronic Renal Failure', in Chemical Senses, Oxford Univ Press, Oxford, England, pp. S87 - S87, presented at Chemical Senses, San Francisco, CA, 21 July 2008 - 26 July 2008, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000259973600341&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a