2016 Ellison-Cliffe lecture: Smell and taste - the senses that man forgot


Tuesday 18 October 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Smell and taste – we use these senses in everyday life to interact with the world around us. But what happens when we lose these senses?

This year’s Ellison-Cliffe lecture, presented by Carl Philpott, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the UK's only smell and taste clinic, the James Paget Hospital in Norfolk, will take you on a journey through the senses and how our brain trains our body to use them. 

Mr Philpott will focus on smell and taste disorders, how they arise and the problems that people face when they lose their senses. The lecture will also look at the areas in need of research to develop new treatments, plus there will be interactive elements and audience participation.

The Ellison-Cliffe Lecture is free to attend and a great opportunity to engage with and learn more about the many fields of medicine.

About Mr Carl Philpott 

Mr Carl Philpott was appointed as an academic surgeon to the University of East Anglia in 2010. A senior lecturer at UEA, he is involved in a number of research projects including leading a national study to understand risk factors that contribute to chronic sinusitis, being ENT Lead for the Norfolk and Suffolk Comprehensive Local Research Network and chairing the British Rhinological Society Research Group.

A graduate of Leicester University Medical School, Carl Philpott completed his basic surgical training in the University Hospitals of Leicester before undertaking research into developing apparatus for testing the sense of smell, which culminated in his MD Thesis. Mr Philpott’s main clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis and other sino-nasal disorders. He established the first dedicated ENT image guided sinus surgery facility in East Anglia and now runs a regular sinus surgery course at UEA and Cambridge.

Mr Philpott is the Director of the first British Smell and Taste Clinic. The clinic provides the opportunity to research the impact of olfactory disorders on sufferers and he is currently running a trial for a potential new treatment for a reduced sense of smell. Furthermore he has helped advise on the establishment of a charity, Fifth Sense, which now has some 500 members around the UK.


6.00 pm


6.30 pm

Ellison-Cliffe lecture: Smell and taste - the senses that man forgot

Mr Carl Philpott, Anthony Long Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

7.45 pm

Optional dinner

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