Launch of Fifth Sense Research Hub and Research Priorities for Smell and Taste Disorders
Today marks a milestone for Fifth Sense, with the launch of our new Research Hub along with the publication of our Top 10 Research Priorities for smell and taste disorders.
The Fifth Sense Research Hub brings together our research community under one umbrella for the first time, to improve collaboration and advance research. Our Top 10 Research Priorities were developed through a Priority Setting Partnership with the James Lind Alliance and the University of East Anglia.
Both are important steps forwards for Fifth Sense, our cause and the people we represent, as we drive forward research to improve the health, quality of life and wellbeing of people affected by smell and taste disorders.
It has been an exciting journey. In 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic was at its height and interest in smell and taste research had grown significantly, Fifth Sense successfully applied to the James Lind Alliance to undertake the priority setting partnership, supported by our grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
The story started much earlier. Delivering a priority setting partnership to establish research priorities has been a key goal since our inception in 2012,when Duncan Boak and Prof Carl Philpott established Fifth Sense together. Since then we have worked to engage and involve the people we represent in research, and have continued to build relationships with leading clinicians and scientists in the field. Setting research priorities was an important next phase, giving people affected by smell and taste disorders, their families and clinicians the opportunity to put forward their priorities for future research.
Along with the publication of our Top 10 Research Priorities, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Fifth Sense Research Hub. We look forward to working with our growing team of leading clinicians, researchers, commercial organisations and Fifth Sense members to propel research that will transform the lives of people affected by smell and taste disorders. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us all.
Visit www.fifthsense.org.uk/research to find out more and download our Top 10 Research Priorities and Research Strategy here
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A huge thanks to our steering group members, data analysts, everyone who participated in the PSP surveys and final workshop and to everyone who has supported Fifth Sense over the last 10 years. Here’s to an exciting decade ahead!