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This page contains information on current and forthcoming UK research projects around smell and taste disorders.  The majority of the projects featured here will be led by the medical specialists with whom Fifth Sense is working.  Some of them require volunteers (where indicated), and are therefore an opportunity to play your part in efforts to understand and treat disorders relating to smell and taste.

Certain disorders, such as anosmia, have different causes, and some of the projects featured here are aimed at finding out more about specific types of disorder.  The information below for each project will consist of a brief summary, along with a link to an external website where you can find full details of the specific project, including how to volunteer. Please be sure to read all the information available to establish whether you are right for the project, and indeed whether you are sure you wish to be involved, before making the decision to volunteer.

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Personal Accounts of Anosmia Study (PAAS) – This study involves collecting written accounts of anosmia sufferers covering their own experiences of living with the condition, with a view to identifying improvements that can be made in three areas: delivery of services to patients, educating doctors, and identifying common issues that can potentially be targeted in future research.

This study was led by Mr Carl Philpott of the Smell and Taste Clinic at James Paget Hospital.

This study is now completed.  Study outcomes will be published in due course.

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A study of the effects of sodium citrate on olfactory thresholds  – This study is aimed at hyposmics or anosmics and aims to find out whether sodium citrate can improve patients’ ability to detect odours through reducing mucus calcium levels in the nose.  Please note – patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis are excluded from this study

This study is being led by Mr Carl Philpott of the Smell and Taste Clinic at James Paget Hospital.

This study has now stopped accepting volunteers.  Results are currently being analysed, study outcomes will be published in due course.

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Predict-PD – This is an innovative pilot study that will hopefully lead to larger-scale studies to help develop ways of identifying people with Parkinson’s before symptoms appear.  Loss of the sense of smell is associated with Parkinson’s and can occur up to 20 years before the onset of motor symptoms.   It is important to remember that whilst late-onset smell loss is a risk factor for Parkinson’s, most people that lose their sense of smell will not get Parkinson’s and may have a cause that is easily treated.

Click here for more information and to volunteer for this project

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The Following Studies Relate Specifically to Patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis 

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SocCoR study (Socioeconomic impact of Chronic Rhinosinusitis) – This study seeks to establish  the socioeconomic impact of chronic rhinosinusitis on both the NHS and patients themselves, i.e. days taken off work, repeated trips to the doctor etc.

This study is being led by Mr Carl Philpott of the Smell and Taste Clinic at James Paget Hospital.

Click here for more information and to volunteer for this project

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Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in Chronic Rhinosinusitis – This study is open to patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and seeks to find out how many people with this condition experience Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (problems with the tubes that connect the ears to the back of the nose resulting in symptoms such as feelings of pressure to the ears or deafness).

This study is being led by Mr Carl Philpott of the Smell and Taste Clinic at James Paget Hospital.

Click here for more information and to volunteer for this project

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