VCU researchers are developing a device to restore a person’s sense of smell

Two VCU faculty are developing a device meant to restore the sense of smell.

Scott Moorehead was thrown into a deep depression when he lost his sense of smell five years ago due to a traumatic brain injury. Moorehead fell in the driveway of his Marion, Indiana, home while teaching his then 6-year-old son, Mason, how to skateboard.

Moorehead suffered a major concussion and internal bleeding, but the long-lasting consequence was severing the connection of the olfactory nerves in his nose to his brain, which resulted in total smell loss, or anosmia.

It is an “invisible injury,” Moorehead said. The sense’s tie to memory and enjoyment made the loss debilitating.

“Until you can’t smell at all you have no idea how emotional the experience can be,” he said. “You start to think about these really awful things, like, someday my daughter is going to get married and I’m going to walk her down the aisle and I’m going to give her a big hug, and I’m going to have no idea what she smelled like.”

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One thought on “VCU researchers are developing a device to restore a person’s sense of smell

  1. Hello Scott,
    I am so thrilled to see your efforts towards restoring the sense of smell. Unfortunately, I have no sense of smell or taste :(.
    Needless to say, I can totally relate to your life emotions. Please don’t give up on this new development because we are missing out!

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