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For appointments, please call the office first at 215-662-2797.

Once you have made your appointment, please let our staff know if you are going to complete your paperwork by printing it off the internet or if you would like a packet mailed to you.

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The University of Pennsylvania Smell and Taste Center was founded in 1980. This unique center, which encompasses not only the Medical School’s Smell and Taste Center, but the first NIH-funded Clinical Research Center in the United States devoted to the senses of taste and smell, has achieved world-wide prominence for both its research and clinical activities.

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The Center has three primary goals: first, to provide clinical evaluation, treatment, and counseling for patients experiencing chemosensory deficits; second, to provide facilities for an intellectual focus for research in basic and applied aspects of chemosensation; and third, to provide training for students, doctoral level scientists, and others interested in chemoreception science.

The Core Facility of the Center is strategically located in the Ravdin Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. This convenient location provides close associations with numerous departments, including the Departments of Maxillary and Oral Facial Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. This facility houses the administrative offices of the Center, traditional testing and stimulus preparation rooms, two human air dilution olfactometers and the Hoffman controlled environment room. The olfactometers provide highly accurate measurements of odorant stimuli used in human chemosensory studies, and allow for the electrophysiological measurement of odor evoked potentials. Other major equipment housed in the Core facility includes computerized acoustic and anterior rhinometric measurement systems, a multichannel polygraph, a unique regional automated taste testing system, a computerized gas chromatograph with both photo- and flame-ionization detectors, and over a dozen microcomputers used for on-line collection, analysis, and presentation of patient data.

The Core Facility manages the Center’s numerous databases, such as the Smell and Taste Center patient database. The latter contains over 400 items of information on approximately 5000 patients who have visited the Center, and makes it possible to follow up patients over time to obtain information on the course of their problem and the efficacy of treatments. The Smell and Taste Center also maintains vertebrate animal research laboratories within the School of Medicine where rodent and amphibian work is performed. Other laboratories are located within the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Research Center, the Department of Neurology, the Department of Radiology, the Department of Neurosurgery, the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Nuclear Medicine, the Department of Pathology, and the Clinical Research Center of the Medical School.

For more information, please contact:

Crystal Wylie
Administrative Assistant/Patient Coordinator
Smell and Taste Center
5 Ravdin Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-2797
Fax: (215) 349-5266

Use the following Email: for general inquiries or to set up an appointment.


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