Apollo Trial

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

woman smelling flower

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 are interested in being a participant in this study, you will need to be referred to The Smell and Taste Clinic at the James Paget Hospital. Speak to your GP to ask for a referral. We are expecting recruitment to begin in December 2021.

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