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Censes Seminar series: Exploring the science and philosophy of olfaction

Interested in learning more about the science and philosophy of the sense of the smell?   The Centre for the Study of the Senses (Censes) at the Institute of Philosophy are running a series of seminars in 2019, each one given by an expert guest speaker. Each seminar will be held in Senate House at […]

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Registration now open for SmellTaste2019

Registration is now open for SmellTaste2019, the bi-annual event at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, for people affected by smell and taste disorders.  The event is being delivered by the University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste (UFCST) and Fifth Sense, the UK-based charity for people affected by smell and taste disorders. The […]

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The Smell Podcast with Fifth Sense founder Duncan Boak

Duncan Boak, founder of Fifth Sense and Chair of our board of trustees, has been interviewed for Episode 18 of the Smell Podcast.  In the interview Duncan talks about his own experience of losing his sense of smell and how this led him to establish Fifth Sense after being introduced to ENT Consultant Prof Carl […]

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Fifth Sense Activities in 2019

A very Happy New Year from all of us at Fifth Sense!  We’ve got a lot planned for 2019, here are some of the highlights. If you’d like to be kept informed then please join our community to receive regular news updates.  All the very best for the year ahead. Launching a survey to capture […]

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Christmas Food Tips from Fifth Sense

It’s that time of year again, and here are a few suggestions to add some bite and flavour to your Christmas holiday eating and drinking! Let’s be honest, it’s easy to feel a little downhearted as we approach this most festive time and I’m sure many of us can experience a moment or two of […]

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Sharing experiences of navigating the healthcare system with a smell or taste disorder

On Saturday 24th November Fifth Sense members came together with clinicians from Newcastle Hospitals/Newcastle University, olfactory mapmaker Kate Mclean, her colleague Rachel Hancock and Voice North members at the Great North Museum in Newcastle to discuss the challenges that many patients with smell and taste disorders face in getting medical advice and treatment. The day […]

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Announcing SmellTaste2019, May 17-19, Gainesville, Florida

The University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste (UFCST) and Fifth Sense,the UK-based charity for people affected by smell and taste disorders, are excited to announce SmellTaste2019. This bi-annual event will be held Friday May 17 to Sunday May 19 on the UF campus in Gainesville, Florida. The goal of SmellTaste2019 is to empower […]

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Raising awareness of smell and taste disorders among junior doctors

Many of the people Fifth Sense represents know only too well about the lack of knowledge, or interest, in smell and taste disorders amongst much of the medical profession.  Educating doctors about the impact of these conditions is therefore a very important part of our work, so when we were given the opportunity to speak […]

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Patient feedback sought for a Post-Viral Olfactory Loss research trial proposal

A team of researchers at Norwich Medical School are hoping to conduct a new study to determine whether vitamin A nasal drops are beneficial to patients who have experienced a loss of smell caused by viral damage. The study team, led by Prof. Carl Philpott of Norwich Medical School, are asking people affected by post-viral […]

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Talking about smell and taste loss with Headway Tyneside

Joanne Dixon, volunteer Support Coordinator for Fifth Sense, recently attended a Headway Tyneside meeting with Fifth Sense member Chris Harrison.  Joanne and Chris talked to group members about the impact of olfactory loss.  Here’s Joanne’s report on the experience.   As a volunteer for the Newcastle Fifth Sense Hub it was a pleasure to go along to […]

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Share your experiences of navigating the healthcare system at an event in Newcastle on 24th November

Fifth Sense are partnering with clinicians from the ENT Department at Newcastle Freeman Hospital to launch a survey  focusing on patients’ experiences with the medical profession and their journey through the healthcare system.  This will result in a valuable piece of research that we can use as part of our ongoing efforts to highlight the […]

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Getting More Pleasure From Food When You’ve Lost Your Sense of Smell – Dr Rachel Herz

Rachel Herz PhD is the author of The Scent of Desire and Why You Eat What You Eat. We interviewed her a couple of months ago (you can read that here) and she has very kindly written the following article for us.   Anosmia steals much of the pleasure from eating. For example, one can […]

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An Interview with Filmmaker Alice Shaw

A few months ago, Fifth Sense were approached by student filmmaker Alice Shaw, who was looking for volunteers to be interviewed for a short film she was making into living with smell and taste loss as part of her BA TV and Radio Production degree at Salford University. Her film, which she has called Blocked, […]

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Student Researching Olfactory Loss and Impact on Relationship to Food

Postgraduate student Anna Seecharan is looking to speak to people affected by olfactory loss who’d be willing to participate in research for her dissertation. Anna is studying an MA Anthropology of Food at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.  Anna explains that she is interested in the impact that losing your sense of smell […]

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Living without Smell – a Presentation by Prof Carl Philpott for The Sensory Science Group

Fifth Sense trustee Prof. Carl Philpott was invited to speak at the Institute of Food Science and Technology’s (IFST) Sensory Science Group Conference, which was held at the University College Birmingham on 7 June. The event included workshops, students presenting their research and talks from international experts on topics such as sensory experience and satiety, […]

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How Smells Impact our Emotions and Behaviours – an Interview with Dr. Rachel Herz

Fifth Sense recently sat down with Dr. Rachel Herz, a neuroscientist and pyschologist with an interest in smell and taste loss, and how this impacts our behaviours, our food preferences and choice of partner. Her latest book, “Why You Eat What You Eat” has recently been published in the UK, and she has offered a […]

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