Dr Thomas Hummel researches chemosensory systems at the Smell and Taste Clinic of the Department of Otorhinolarygology of the University of Dresden Medical School in Germany. At the olfactory/gustatory dysfunction clinic Dr Hummel works with patients that have neurodegenerative causes of olfactory loss and also investigates in the intranasal trigeminal system. Dr Hummel was previously an Assistant Professor at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the author/co-author of more than 300 peer-reviewed, original publications, more than 40 reviews in the chemosensory area, over 40 chapters and editor of two books in the scientific literature.