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Fifth Sense Newcastle Member Lunch Meetup

Fifth Sense volunteer Joanne organised another great event, this time a lunchtime gathering in The Town Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne. Most of the attendees had been to other meetings and events, but there were one or two new faces, who were quickly made welcome. Over drinks and food, everyone swapped stories – how and when […]

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Student Filmmaker Looking for People affected by Post-traumatic Olfactory Loss

Alice Shaw, a student at Salford University, had a fall at work which caused a head injury and ultimately led to her losing her sense of smell. Alice is determined to see the positives in her accident, and is producing a short film featuring others affected by Post-traumatic Olfactory Loss (PTOL) as part of her […]

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Fifth Sense Launch Survey to Gather Top Tips for Living with a Smell and Taste Disorder

To mark Anosmia Awareness Day, 27th February 2018, Fifth Sense has launched a survey to gather Top Tips for living with a smell and taste disorder so we can share these to benefit others. The causes and symptoms vary widely from person to person but by sharing our personal triumphs – be it ways you’ve […]

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BBC’s The Food Chain Tackles Smell and Taste Loss

The Food Chain is a BBC radio show which “examines the business, science and cultural significance of food, and what it takes to put food on your plate.” A recent programme, entitled “I Can’t Taste!” looked at the impact that smell and taste disorders  can have on people. The programme looked at what people eat […]

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General Data Protection Regulations – A Short Statement

Some of you may be aware that data protection regulations are changing.  A new act entitled the General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on 25th May 2018.  This has implications for all organisations that hold data about individuals and Fifth Sense is no exception.  Members of the board of trustees and volunteering team are […]

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Christmas food tips from Fifth Sense

Fifth Sense includes a ‘Food Tips’ column in the monthly newsletters we send to our members.  We thought we’d publish this month’s issue on our website to send some Christmas cheer at what can be a tough time if you’re affected by a problem with your sense of smell or taste.  Over to our volunteer […]

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How Your Sense of Smell is Influenced by Genetic and Environmental Influences

A study published earlier this year by a team of British and American scientists has found that being exposed to a smell over a long period of time improves the efficiency of a person being able to detect it. Genetics plays a large part in this, as the scent-detecting organ at the back of the […]

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A Not So Tasteless Christmas Lunch!

Fifth Sense members in Scotland have had another wonderful social event, this time a ‘tasteless’ meal for their Christmas get-together. Volunteer and organiser Julie explained that the event was billed as ‘tasteless’, for those with smell and taste disorders, but the meal was anything but! The group went to an Indian restaurant, Tabla in Perth, […]

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Fifth Sense 2017 Members Conference Report

The 2017 Fifth Sense Members Conference was held on 5 November at St George’s Conference Centre in Leeds and we’re delighted to say it was a really positive and successful event.  This was our fourth Members Conference and the first since the 2015 event at the University of Surrey in Guildford.  We decided to hold […]

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Fifth Sense Secures Registered Charity Status

We are delighted to announce that Fifth Sense has been awarded registered charity status. Our board of trustees put together a detailed and thorough application to the Charities Commission, which was approved the day before our conference, and our charity number is 1175553. Fifth Sense has been a charity since we formed our board of […]

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Fifth Sense volunteers and clinicians working together to educate ENT professionals in Scotland

We recently received some great news from Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr Paul White at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  Mr White and fellow clinician Richard Green gave a presentation on smell and taste disorders in partnership with  Fifth Sense member volunteers, Julie Wilson and James Martin, at ENT Scotland meeting in the summer in front of an […]

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Fifth Sense Newcastle Patient Information Day

Fifth Sense held a patient information day in conjunction with clinicians from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and researchers from Newcastle University on 30th September. The day was an enormous success, and many attendees commented on how good it was to talk to others with sense and taste disorders, to hear shared experiences and to […]

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Will scratch n sniff wallpaper be the future of home decorating?

We spotted an interesting story recently that illustrates how the sense of smell seems to be increasingly valued by product designers. Brooklyn-based Flavor Paper has been inspired to create scented wallpaper, with three brightly-coloured designs that are decorated with the fruits they’re fragranced with. There are three to choose from – cherry, banana and tutti […]

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University of Florida Health to Open New Clinical Programme for Patients with Smell Disorders

University of Florida Health is launching a new clinical programme for patients with smell disorders – and Fifth Sense played an important role in its conception. Physicians in UF Health’s department of otolaryngology are teaming up with the University’s research-focused UF Center for Smell and Taste (UFCST) to launch the UF Health Smell Disorders Program […]

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Carl Philpott’s Ride Across Britain – The Results

Everyone at Fifth Sense is delighted with the news that trustee Prof Carl Philpott has completed his epic bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which he did to raise awareness and sponsorship for our charity. The ride took nine days, finishing late in the afternoon of 17th September – Carl went into work […]

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Fifth Sense-led Symposium at ECRO 2017: The Importance of Patient Engagement

Fifth Sense led a symposium at the 2017 European Chemosensory Research Organisation (ECRO) meeting to showcase the importance of patient engagement to scientific and clinical research.  ECRO supports young scientists to secure grants to help them at the start of their career, and provides all scientists with a forum and collaboration opportunities through the annual […]

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