In a fresh effort to market transformative research on critical questions about our sense of smell, the National Research Foundation hosted an 'Concepts Lab' called 'Crack the Olfaction Code.' Within this effort to create interdisciplinary, innovative collaborations for discovery in the field of olfaction, the National Science Foundation has awarded Arizona Condition University and three partner organizations - - a three-calendar year, $3.6 million grant to review how healthy brains create memories of odors, in addition to how they fail when affected by disease. This grant is nationally among three provided. 'The opportunity through the NSF Concepts Lab provides allowed us to develop novel, innovative and extremely interdisciplinary methods to advance a knowledge of how the mind represents odors,' said Brian Smith, professor and neuroscientist with the ASU College of Life Sciences.Related StoriesStudy explores diabetes screening for sufferers with serious mental illnessProtein sensor for proprioception foundDiabetes avoidance begins in the wombThe NUCKS proteins is an important clue for managing diabetes development in obese individuals. It is the first direct molecular link found between your two health conditions and can open up new regions of research to identify drugs and explore lifestyle changes, such as dietary habits and exercises that could regain the level of NUCKS in your body. Dr Vinay Tergaonkar, Principal Investigator at IMCB and the lead scientist for the study, said, 'It really is alarming that obesity is a huge risk factor for many ailments, including diabetes.