The Monell Anosmia Project is a targeted research mission launched in February 2014. Our goal is to better understand the underlying causes of anosmia and develop effective 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.
For more information on Monell’s anosmia research, visit our anosmia research page for details on projects involving adult olfactory stem cells, genomic analysis, smell training and more. 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.
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.
2016 Smell Training Workshop
In August 2016, Chris Kelly visited the Monell Center to speak with scientists and physicians about smell training, and conduct a workshop for recovering anosmics.
Chris lost her sense of smell in 2012, and credits smell training with helping to restore some of her olfactory world.
In this video, Chris presents a summary of the smell training workshop.
Chris’s smell training technique is suitable for acquired anosmics, either viral or TBI, who have regained the ability to perceive some low level of odor. It will be most useful if you are able to say “this smell” is different from “that smell,” even if you can’t identify either odor.
Press coverage of the event included:
When the Nose Doesn’t Know: Recovering Lost Sense of Smell (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Retraining the Brain after Losing the Ability to Smell (WHYY Newsworks)
Using Perfumers’ Skills to Learn to Smell (Fragrance Foundation)
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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Your support is critical so we can continue our work to better understand the underlying biological and genetic causes of anosmia and develop effective treatments.