Robert I. Henkin, MD, PhD

Director
The Taste and Smell Clinic
Center for Molecular Nutrition and The Sensory Disorders
5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW #20
Washington, DC 20016, USA

Biography

Dr. Henkin is Director of The Center for Molecular Nutrition and Sensory Disorders and head of The Taste and Smell Clinic in Washington, DC. He oversees the premier program in the United States dealing with cognitive aspects of human taste and smell function. The program has both clinical and research aspects. He is also associated with the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD and the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA.

Research Interest

His research interest includes: Understanding basic mechanism of human taste and smell dysfunction. Evaluation of growth factors which stimulate taste buds and olfactory epithelium. Mechanism of action of phosphodiesterase inhibitors. Biochemical studies of saliva and nasal mucus.

Scientific Activities

HONORS AND AWARDS

• Atwater-Kent Fellow in Music, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 1954-1955
• NIH Fellow in Biophysics, University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 1957
• NIH Fellow in Biophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1958
• Class day Prize, Best Student Research Work, University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, 1959
• Traveling Fellowship, National Kidney Disease Foundation, 1963
• Traveling Fellowship, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, 1968
• Listed in 100 Best Physicians in the US 1978
• Gill Memorial Lecturer, Roanoke, VA, 1981
• Visiting Professor in Nutrition, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 1983
• Sigma XI National Lecturer, 1984-1987
• Georgetown University Vicennial Medal, 1984
• Listed in Outstanding Medical Specialists in the US, Town and Country, 1989
• Dow Lecturer in Biochemistry, Bucknell University, Lewisbury, PA, 1990
• Giovanni DiChiro Award for Outstanding Scientific Research, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, 1997

MEMBERSHIPS

• Phi Beta Kappa
• Sigma XI
• Biophysical Society, Charter Member
• American Federation for Medical Research
• American Society for Clinical Investigation
• The Endocrine Society
• American Physiological Association
• American Society for Nutritional Science
• American Society for Clinical Nutrition
• Fellow, American College of Nutrition
• American Heart Association, Council on the Kidney
• International Association for Dental Research, Salivary Research Group
• National Association of American Composers and Conductor
• American Federation of Musicians, Local 47
• The Cosmos Club
• Listed in Whos Who, Whos Who in America, Whos Who in the East, Men and
• Women in American Science, International Scholars Directory, Outstanding Medical
• Specialists in the U.S., Best Doctors in America, International Whos Who in Medicine

Publications

PROTOCOL ARTICLES

1. Henkin RI, Sivasubramanian K.N.Zinc absorption, distribution and requirements in preterm and term infants. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1986.
2. Henkin RI. Taste and smell perception in patients with diabetes mellitus and with exogenous obesity. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1984-1985.
3. HO deFries, Henkin RI. Evaluation and treatment of patients with nasal polyposis and hyposmia, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 1984-1986.
4. Henkin RI. Efficacy of aminophylline or adrenal corticosteroids on the treatment of patients with hyposmia. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 1984-1986.
5. Diagnostic evaluation of patients with smell dysfunction by the technique of olfactory evoked responses. Principal Investigator. R.I. Henkin, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1984-1989.
6. Henkin RI. Administration of oral 65Zn and 70Zn to normal volunteers., Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC and National Institutes for Health, Bethesda, MD, 1984-1985.
7. RIHenkin. Local brain glucose utilization in olfactory projection areas using position emission tomography (PET) in normal volunteers. a pilot study. Principal Investigator. , Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1983-1986.
8. KN Sivasubramanian, Henkin RI. Stable isotope study of zinc nutrition in infants. Principal Investigator. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1983-1986.
9. R.I. Henkin. Changes in selenium metabolism in normal men and women of various ages. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 1983-1986.
10. Henkin RI. Determination of chromium requirements in normal men and women of various ages. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC and National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1983-1984.
11. Henkin RI. Airways obstruction in a taste and smell clinic. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1982-1983.
12. Henkin RI, J Winchester. Determination of iron absorption and zinc absorption in patients with renal failure or on chronic dialysis. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1981-1983.
13. R.I. Henkin .Biopsy of lingual and palatal papillae, nasal mucous membranes and olfactory epithelium from patients with taste and smell dysfunction. R.I. Henkin, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, 1980-1984. 14. Henkin RI. Effects of fiber intake on zinc metabolism in normal subjects. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, 1979-1985.
15. Henkin RI, PS Schein. Zinc nutrition and metabolism in colorectal cancer., Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1979-1983.
16. R.I. Henkin, KL Mossman. Effects of radiation on taste and saliva. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1977-1980. 17. R.I. Henkin. Evaluation of aerosolized intranasal normal saline vs. 0.01% bezalkonium chloride vs 0.01%. EDTA in the treatment of hyposmia with allergic rhinitis. Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1977-1980.
18. Henkin RI. Efficacy of oral theophylline treatment for patients with taste and smell dysfunction (hypogeusia and hyposmia). The Taste and Smell Clinic, Washington, DC, 2015-2016.
19. Henkin R. The hidden epidemic of smell loss (hyposmia) in the United States. Otolaryngol Open J. 2015; 1(1): e1-e2. doi: 10.17140/OTLOJ-1-e001