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Report on Smell Taste 2017

The weekend of February 24-26, 2017, saw 67 people from around the world (as far away as Melbourne, Australia) converge on Gainesville, Florida to attend SmellTaste2017, the first conference in the U.S. specifically for individuals with smell or taste impairments. Organised by the University of Florida Center for Smell and Taste and the UK-based charity […]

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The Challenge of Cooking and Tasting with an Impaired Sense of Smell

As many of us affected by an impaired sense of smell know, navigating the world of cooking, dinner parties and well-meaning advice from people around us can be tricky. Karin-Marijke Vis has written an article for Paste Magazine to talk openly about her experiences and to help those who have never encountered anosmia to understand […]

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Medicine and Me: Living without Smell and Taste

The prestigious Royal Society of Medicine in London is hosting a half-day event for people with smell and taste disorders, their families and advocates and clinicians working in the field. Medicine and Me: Living without Smell and Taste has been organised in collaboration with Fifth Sense and will take place on Friday 26 May at […]

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Fifth Sense Founder to Speak at the Monell Center

Fifth Sense founder, Duncan Boak, has been invited to deliver a talk on “The Hidden Impact of Smell and Taste Disorders” at the Monell Center in Philadelphia later this month. The Monell Center is focused on “advancing discovery in taste and smell” and is the world’s only independent, not-for-profit institute dedicated to research in this […]

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Fifth Sense and FlavorActiV pilot study phase 2

Fifth Sense & FlavorActiV enter second phase of their pioneering study for people affected by olfactory loss. In early 2016 Fifth Sense and our partners FlavorActiV, the global leaders in sensory systems for the beverage industry, launched a pioneering pilot study to test the sensory abilities of people affected by olfactory loss with the aim […]

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Socioeconomic Impact of Chronic Rhinosinusitis Study – Volunteers Wanted

Mr. Carl Philpott and his team at the University of East Anglia are currently carrying out a research study into the Socioeconomic Impact of Chronic Rhinitis (SoCCoR), which we at Fifth Sense have been actively supporting and talking about on the website. The study is ending soon, so we’re encouraging any members who haven’t done […]

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Samter’s Triad, Salicylates and More – An Interview with Alahree McDonnell

Fifth Sense member Alahree McDonnell has Samter’s Triad (nasal polyps, asthma and aspirin allergy). Alahree attended the MACRO launch in October and during a chat with Professor Valerie Lund discovered that salicylates could be having an effect on her health. She’s set up a blog to document her journey of managing her wellbeing by controlling […]

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SmellTaste2017 Preview

It’s not unreasonable to think that having no sense of smell from birth might be a barrier to a successful career in the kitchen, but this didn’t stop Adam Cole, head chef at Maple Block Meat Co.(Culver City, CA). Adam will be talking with Fifth Sense founder Duncan Boak about how he kept his anosmia a […]

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Cycling Across Britain for Fifth Sense

A Very Happy New Year from all of us at Fifth Sense.  We’re delighted to start the year by announcing that Fifth Sense trustee and Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr Carl Philpott is going to be undertaking one of the UK’s biggest cycling challenges to support our charity in September 2017. Carl is participating in the Deloitte […]

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An Account of Post-traumatic Olfactory Loss from 1961 – From the BBC Archives

During a chat at the recent MACRO launch (see earlier post for details), Fifth Sense founder Duncan Boak learned about a book from 1961, which featured a write-up of a patient’s perspective on post-traumatic olfactory loss in one of the appendices. Martin Burton, Joint Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane ENT Disorder Group, had come across the […]

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Must-watch Video: Mr. Carl Philpott’s Ellison-Cliffe Lecture

Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr. Carl Philpott (who was instrumental in the setting up of Fifth Sense and sits on our board of trustees) was asked to deliver the prestigious annual Ellison-Cliffe lecture for the Royal Society of Medicine. Mr. Philpott’s lecture covered the role and function of the senses of smell and taste and the impact that […]

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MACRO Programme Holds Successful Launch Event

The start of the seven year MACRO project into chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) was marked with a launch event on 3rd November at the Congress Centre, London. CRS affects one in 10 people in the UK.  The MACRO research project, led by Ms Claire Hopkins and Mr. Carl Philpott, will: Analyse health data Explore attitudes to treatment […]

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A Taste and Smell Workshop for School Children in Norwich

Year 3 and year 8 pupils at Town Close Prep School in Norwich were treated to a special workshop earlier this month, when Fifth Sense trustee and Consultant ENT Surgeon Mr. Carl Philpott delivered a smell and taste workshop. Headmaster Nick Bevington reported that the children were all fascinated and learnt a lot from the […]

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Smell and Taste – The Senses That Man Forgot: Ellison Cliffe Lecture

Mr. Carl Philpott is an Consultant ENT Surgeon and is the Director of the first NHS Smell and Taste Clinic at James Paget Hospital, and was instrumental in the setting up of Fifth Sense and sits on our board of trustees. He is also a Senior Lecturer at University of East Anglia. Mr. Philpott was asked […]

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Exciting changes for Dutch charity supporting people with smell and taste disorders

The Dutch charity for smell and taste disorders (formerly known as Anosmievereniging) are undergoing an exciting rebrand, and officially became reuksmaakstoornis.nl (which translates as SmellTasteDisorder.nl) on Saturday 17 September, when they unveiled their new logo. They have also been developing a magazine, Behind Glass, which will feature interviews with 33 patients and professionals over the […]

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Interview with Duncan Boak in ENT and Audiology News

Fifth Sense’s founder Duncan Boak has been speaking to ENT and Audiology News about life with acquired anosmia and why he set up the charity. For the article, Duncan chatted to Consultant ENT Surgeon and Rhinologist Mr San Sunkaraneni and highlighted the importance of raising awareness of a condition that is still often overlooked by […]

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