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Professor David Laing

Sch Women's&Children's Health



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)
Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Teaching & Supervision
Supervision keywords: 
otorhinolaryngologic diseases
Media & Expertise