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 coming year. The patients discuss life with a smell disorder and how this impacts them daily. The professionals interviewed include ENT specialists Dr. Wilbert Boek of the Smell/Taste Centre, Dr. Sanne Boesveldt, Professor Kees de Graaf of Wageningen University and leading neurologists.
Behind Glass also features contributions from a cook, the product developer for Unilever and a host of other experts. FYI, the magazine title was inspired by a quote from anosmic US writer Molly Birnbaum: “Life without smell is like living behind glass.”
Smell Taste Disorder aren’t stopping there. They’re sponsoring Wageningen University’s survey into food and eating behaviour of members of the charity. The results will be collated with those from a survey completed in 2014, which looked at hospital patients.
2017 sees the publication of an expert report on smell and taste disorders and specifically on food and eating behaviour, the research for which will be subsidised by the Dutch government. You can find out more about their work here: reuksmaakstoornis.nl