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NIDCD Offers Updated Fact Sheets on Taste, Smell, Autism

A taste or smell disorder can have a negative effect on a person’s health and quality of life. They are also very closely related. Some people who go to the doctor because they think they’ve lost their sense of taste are surprised to learn that they have a smell disorder instead. To learn more about your sense of smell, read the NIDCD fact sheet Smell Disorders, and to learn about taste, read Taste Disorders.

Children with autism may have difficulty developing language skills and understanding what others say to them. They also may have difficulty communicating nonverbally, such as through hand gestures, eye contact, and facial expressions. Read the updated fact sheet Communication Problems in Children with Autism.

NIDCD Announces 2009-2010 Seminar Series

The NIDCD Division of Intramural Research presents a seminar series focusing on the basic mechanics of auditory function and hearing disorders. The seminars bring to the NIH campus speakers from universities around the country and all over the world. Their topics cover many of the fields studied by NIDCD scientists, including basic science, genetics, immunology, electrophysiology, and many others.

The seminar series is held on the first Tuesday of each month from September 2009 through June 2010 in Room 1A51, Building 49. The series provides an opportunity to strengthen scientific interactions both within the NIDCD and with the extramural community. 

Pre-Order Copies of NIDCD 2010-2011 Resources Directory


2010 Resources Directory

Be the first to receive the most recent version of the NIDCD Resources Directory. The directory is a vital reference for health professionals, patients, and their families and includes details about nearly 150 national organizations providing information, services, or advocacy on communication disorders.

The directory is free of charge. To pre-order, call the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse at (800) 241-1044 or TTY at (800) 241-1055. You can also send an Email to


Last Updated Date: 
June 7, 2010