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Université Côte d'Azur continues its collaboration with the Monell Chemical Senses center

A famous research institute based in Philadelphia, USA, the Monell Chemical Senses Center is globally recognized in the field of smell and taste, and how they relate to nutrition. After signing a partnership agreement last September, the two institutions held their first symposium on March 14 to discuss their collaboration.


Publication : 20/03/2019
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The first contacts with Monell took place in November 2017. "While visiting Monell, we were able to present Université Côte d'Azur and the UCAJEDIlabel of excellence," explains Sylvain Antoniotti, Director of the IDEX UCAJEDICenter for Creativity and Innovation in Fragrance Science and responsible for the partnership between Monell and Université Côte d'Azur. These first contacts were confirmed during a visit by Nancy Rawson, Deputy Director of Monell to Université Côte d'Azur in February 2018, followed by Robert F. Margolskee, Director and President of the Monell Chemical Senses Center on September 28, who signed along with Jean-Christophe Martin, Vice-President Delegate for International Relations, a Memorandum of Understanding at the Université Côte d'Azur headquarters in the presence of Research Vice-President Jeanick Brisswalter.

A few months later, the two institutions organized their first joint symposium. On March 14, thanks to a videoconference system on the campus of St Jean d'Angély, researchers from both institutions presented their research projects and defined the first fields of collaboration.

Sébastien Fiorucci and Nicolas Baldovini of the Institute of Chemistry of Nice and Claire Dikidjian for the Center for Creativity and Innovation in Fragrance Science went to Philadelphia, while Université Côte d'Azur received Danielle Reed, Marco Tizzano and Joel Mainland of Monell.

This hybrid symposium allowed researchers from Monell and Université Côte d'Azur to meet, discuss and identify topics that could lead to future collaborations. "Work is already underway, says Sylvain Antoniotti,between a group of researchers from Monell and the Institute of Chemistry of Nice on the taste sensors involved in detecting the taste of sweetness, and how the issue relates to nutrition and ultimately obesity problems. Results will soon be published in the first joint Monell/Université Côte d'Azur publication."