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Professor of Neuroscience: Medicine Faculty, UNSW Sydney

Professor Laing has specific expertise on the development of the senses of taste and smell in humans and has over 120 publications in international journals and books on anatomical, psychophysical and physiological aspects of these senses. He is the co-editor of two books on the human sense of smell.

His research programme is dedicated to applying this knowledge and expertise to studying taste and smell dysfunction in children, the development of clinical tests of taste and smell for children, and investigating the relationship between chemosensory disorders and nutrition and dietary management at Sydney Children’s Hospital.


  • 1992–2003
    Foundation Professor of Food Technology, University of Western Sydney


  • 1969 
    UNSW, PhD