Crowdsourcing Human Taste Research in a Community-Based Lab
The Genetics of Taste Lab is a unique venue for both citizen science AND crowdsourcing health data.
- We connect our community to research that is relevant to their lives.
- We conduct research to answer real public health questions and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
We have the ability to support the recruitment and enrollment of 1000-2500 human subjects in taste research studies annually in the Genetics of Taste Lab in both English and in Spanish. Proposals are invited for a project that will be open for data collection from November 2018 through August 2019.
Submissions should be submitted to [email protected] and should be of interest to both the general public and to the field of chemosensory research to be considered.
- Be in the area of human taste.
- Include at least one genetics component.
- Be suitable for subjects ages 8 and older.
- Have an enrollment outline that does not exceed 30 minutes per person, and not require pre or post enrollment activities.
- Be suitable for members for groups/friends and families to enroll together
- Include no invasive techniques.
- Be substantially different from the projects already completed by the Lab:
- 2009-2013 Bitter Taste Study
- Garneau et al. 2014. Crowdsourcing taste research: genetic and phenotypic predictors of bitter taste perception as a model.
- Boxer & Garneau. 2015. Rare haplotypes of the gene TAS2R38 confer bitter taste sensitivity in humans.
- Nuessle et al. 2015. Denver Papillae Protocol for objective analysis of fungiform papillae.
- 2013-2015 Fatty Acid Taste Study
- Tucker et al. 2015. No difference in perceived intensity of linoleic acid in the oral cavity between obese and nonobese individuals.
- Garneau et al. Submitted. Taste sensitivity to linoleic acid: A crowdsourced population study.
- 2015-2016 A Sweet-Tasting Study (role of oral microbiome in sweet taste)
- Oral microbiome sequencing in progress
- 2016-2017 The Science of Sour Study (role of genetics in sour taste)
- 2017-2018 A Savory & Sour Study (role of increasing acidity on the perception of umami)
- Help prepare all documents for IRB submission by July 2018.
- Be willing to (or have the lead graduate student or post doc) travel to Denver for the study kickoff in September of 2018.
- Have expertise in project proposed and provide statistical analysis directly or the funding necessary to engage the Lab’s biostatistician.
- Submission deadline: 31 December 2017.
- Decision: Early February 2018.
- Applicant acceptance deadline: 1 March 2018
- Memorandum of Understanding signed: 31 March 2018
- Study design begins: 1 April 2018.
- IRB application due: Early August 2018
- Study training and kick off for Citizen/Community Scientists: Mid September 2018
- Study open to the public: November 2018-August 2019
- Data analysis and publication: ongoing.
- This call is open to researchers based at US organizations.
- Lead applicants must have a PhD and have a research affiliation or position.
- Memorandum of understanding is not with the lead individuals but will be made with the organization/institution with which they are affiliated.
In the online application form you will be asked for the following information:
- Name and institutional affiliation.
- Proposed title of project.
- A clear, non-expert summary of the research project and its importance in human health.
- A description of the project activities, including draft outline of the enrollment process proposed, methodology and deliverables.
- Track record of the proposed team.
- Budget breakdown of cost of:
- Enrollment supplies (to be paid by the Genetics of Taste Lab)
- Data preparation and/or sequencing (please indicate any funds you currently have to support this aspect of the project)
- Analysis (if costs are associated)
Applications will undergo a three-stage process:
- First sift by the Genetics of Taste management team and exclusion of applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria or fall within the scope.
- Review of eligible proposals by the Genetics if Taste Lab stakeholders, a diverse group representing citizen scientists, community advisory board, and expert advisory board.
- Final selection, including potential phone/skype interviews.
- Scope: does the application engage with two or more nexus areas (food, energy, water and environment)?
- Engagement strategy: does the application display a depth of understanding about the dual goals of the Genetics of Taste Lab (scientific research AND community education)
- Feasibility: is the work plan within reason given the project period, is the budget appropriate, does the project team have the needed expertise to execute (with the goal of scientific manuscripts)?
- Resources: Does the applicant bring other resources (people and monetary) that would strengthen the partnership and further ensures success of the proposed project?
Requirements of Applicant and Applicant Institution if Awarded
A memorandum of understanding between the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the applicant’s organization will be established before the project begins. The agreement will include terms and conditions related to: the start date and duration; the project expenses and responsibilities; project requirements and timeframes; intellectual property and results; participation in events.
The Genetics of Taste Lab is supported in part by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health (Award # R25OD021909). The funding allows us to conduct both scientific research and learning research in our community-based Genetics of Taste Lab.