Apollo Trial

Could Vitamin-A bring back your sense of smell after Covid?

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The Apollo trial is a new project which looks at whether Vitamin A could help people regain their sense of smell after viral infections including Covid-19.

Smell loss is a common symptom of Covid-19, but even before COVID, many viruses had been causing smell loss and distortion and while most people naturally regain their sense of smell within a couple of weeks, many have been left with on-going smell disorders.

Previous research from Germany has shown the potential benefit of Vitamin-A, and the UEA team will explore how this treatment works to help repair tissues in the nose damaged by viruses.

They hope that the study, which has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), could one-day help improve the lives of millions around the world who suffer from smell loss, by returning their fifth sense.

If you have any questions for the study team, you can get in touch directly via email at apollo.trial@uea.ac.uk

Are you eligible to participate in the APOLLO trial? Read our inclusion criteria

APOLLO Trial Information and Documentation

Visiting UEA for your scan

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we are currently having a slight delay in the start of the scanning. We are waiting for the investigational medicinal product (IMP) to arrive from Germany, and some infrastructural changes in the imaging facility to finish. We aim to address these issues as soon and safely as possible and do apologize for the delay. Please note that we are continuing to screen patients in the Smell & Taste Clinic at the James Paget University Hospital.

Scans will take place at the UEA Wellcome-Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (UWWBIC). More details of the UWWBIC including information for visitors can be found on their website.

UEA visitor parking information should be referred to by all those visiting UEA campus.

Participant Information Sheet:

Participant Information Sheet for APOLLO trial

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