12 Feb Joseph G. Brand III, Research Neuroscientist Who Discovered That Cats Can’t Taste Sweets, Dies at 75
Joseph G. Brand, III, 75, of Chester Springs, a research neuroscientist known mostly for his work with the sense of taste, died Dec. 28 of Parkinson’s disease at home.
Dr. Brand worked for nearly half a century as a researcher and associate director at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. Monell is a scientific institute for research on taste and smell, and much of Dr. Brand’s research focused on taste in humans and animals.
He became internationally known in 2005 for his research on cats, demonstrating that they had a genetic defect that prevented them from tasting sweets. It was an important conclusion that showed a connection between genes and behavior.