Causal relationship between taste and smell perception and eating behaviour (2024–2027)

Around half of all Australians have a poor diet, which is a leading cause of many chronic conditions costing over $70 billion annually. This project aims to develop and apply novel statistical methods for determining the genetic basis of human taste and smell perception and its causal effects on eating behaviour. Expected outcomes include delivering new insights into such underlying individual differences for a wide range of taste and olfactory traits; advanced analytical methods to assess causality; and a causal network of these sensory traits across over 100 consumable food items. From these outcomes, the benefits will be new strategies for improving food flavours and eating behaviours to enhance agri-food industry growth.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Funded by:
Australian Research Council