Last week I gave a talk at a research center in West chester.It was about olfactory system and social connection, and I realized not everyone has adequate factual knowledge.
I am preparing myself to present a poster at Brain Stimulation conference in Manhattan. Also, I asked some friends to talk to their male friends/coworkers to help make it happen by volunteering for our real research project.
1. Obstructions of the nasal passages
2. Problems with the inner lining of your nose
3. Damage to the brain or nerves
a. Post Traumatic Anosmia
b. Medications (prescribed & over the counter)
c. Alcohol Abuse
d. Neurodegenerative Disorders
e. Multiple Sclerosis
g. Chronic Medical Disorders (liver and kidney disease, thyroid deficiency, Diabetes).
As we know the ability to smell affects the ability to taste. Without the sense of smell, the taste buds can only detect a few flavors. Losing this sense could cause to lose interest in eating and malnutrition.
I believe we shall exclude subject with any type of anosmia from the opportunity to participate in this project.
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Pooneh Heshmati is an award-winning cognitive neuroscientist, physician, and post doctoral researcher at Northwell Health in New York.
Joana Ricou is an award-winning NYC-based artist, and creative director of Regenerative Medicine Partnership for Life.