Anosmia Awareness Day 2016: Faces of Anosmia
Over the past few years, we have had the opportunity to get to know many individuals with anosmia and hear their personal stories. We began the Faces of Anosmia project as a way to share those stories and build anosmia awareness.
As we collected the faces and stories of anosmia, we were inspired to include the Monellians who support anosmia research and awareness on a daily basis. As such, Faces of Anosmia visually illustrates a critical partnership between those who live with this invisible disability and the Monell scientists working to find answers. By working together, we will make progress towards a day when treatments are available. A day when no one will have to live a life without smell.
A Sense of Hope
A Sense of Hope is a three-year $1,500,000 research mission launched in February 2014. Our goal to better understand the causes of anosmia and develop treatments. At the same time, we seek to increase awareness about the prevalence and consequences of this little-known invisible disability. As the leading institute in the world for research on the senses of smell and taste, Monell is ideally positioned to take a central role in tackling this debilitating condition that afflicts millions.
See below for an update on what our targeted anosmia research has accomplished in just one year. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Science is expensive. While our generous lead donors have given us a jump start, their gifts cannot fully fund a world-class program of basic and clinical research. This is where your role is essential. Contributions of all sizes provide the matching funds needed to ensure that Monell can achieve the ultimate goal of curing anosmia.
For more information on Monell’s anosmia research, visit our anosmia research page for details on projects involving adult olfactory stem cells and genomic analysis. Because anosmia has many causes, we need multiple research and treatment approaches and will continue to initiate additional research projects as funding becomes available.
This section of the Monell website is intended as an informational resource on what presently is known about anosmia. All information has been reviewed by Monell scientists. Click the links at left to learn about the science of smell in health and disease. As you read you quickly will realize how much we need to learn.
Anosmia is the clinical term for the inability to smell. Few people appreciate the range of information provided by the sense of smell. Even fewer think about what would happen if that source of information disappeared. Yet olfaction is a vulnerable sense, and smell disorders and loss are common.
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