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Genetic Variation In Taste Receptors and Eating Behavior

Receptors for sour- and salty-tasting compounds have not been identified, but may be ion channels.
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

Hillary L. Shaw, M.D., Cedrick D. Dotson, Ph.D., Steven D. Munger, Ph.D., and Nanette Steinle, M.D.

Hillary L. Shaw is a postdoctoral trainee in the Department of Medicine, Caritas Carney Hospital, Dorchester, MA; Cedrick D. Dotson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Steven D. Munger is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Nanette Steinle is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, all at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

Within the past 12 months, Drs. Shaw, Dotson and Steinle report no commercial conflicts of interest. Dr. Munger Dr. Munger has been a consultant with McNeil Nutritionals and has done research for Ajinomoto Amino Acid Research Program.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Describe behaviors associated with genetic variation in taste receptors

  • Identify the receptor type most commonly associated with ingestive behavior

  • Identify individuals whose eating behavior is likely to be most influenced by genetic variation in taste receptors

  • Identify biologic processes involved in taste receptor modulation of eating behavior.



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