For patients suffering from Anosmia (loss of smell) a new medical device is being developed to restore the sense of smell.
No viable treatments exist for patients with anosmia, a complete loss of smell, despite its prevalence and impact on quality of life. To address this, our lab has been exploring the use of direct electrical stimulation of the olfactory bulb in the forebrain as a novel method to bypass damaged olfactory nerves to restore olfactory function. Our studies provided proof of concept data needed for the development of a new medical device, the olfactory implant system (OIS). Although in the early stages of development, the OIS may ultimately do for anosmia what the cochlear implant has done for hearing loss. (contact: Daniel H. Coelho, Daniel.Coelho@vcuhealth.org,; +1 804-828-2785).
Authors: Daniel H. Coelho, Richard M. Costanzo
The poster presentation “Restoring the sense of smell: the development of an olfactory implant system” (#P232) takes place Monday April 15th, 9:00-11:00 pm ET in the Estero Ballroom