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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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Fifth Sense Scotland Event – Potluck and Sunshine

Fifth Sense Scotland have had another successful meetup in Cupar, Fife, this time hosted by member Anne and her partner Brian. Volunteer Julie said that everyone had a lovely time and the food and drink was delicious – the chilli and ginger gin cocktails were especially popular. She thanks everyone  who contributed to the event, […]

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Recent Publications of Interest to Members who Suffer from Chronic RhinoSinusitis (CRS)

Regular readers of the newsletter we send to Fifth Sense members will have seen that a major study of the treatment of CRS has been funded by the NHS and is now in its pilot phase – the MACRO programme. However, not everyone will be familar with this, so to explain in a little more […]

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Report from the European Rhinologic Society Congress

Fifth Sense had a stand at the European Rhinologic Society Congress (ERS) on 22-25 April, which gave us a great opportunity to engage with clinicians with an interest in rhinology (diseases of the nose and sinuses) from around the world.  Volunteers Ed Shardlow, Ruth Sullivan and Sue Clarke and our founder Duncan Boak represented Fifth Sense at […]

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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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