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Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will detail the research funded by his Department, and other research of which his Department is aware, into the loss of the senses of smell and taste.

[pursuant to her reply, 27 April 1987, c. 33]: The Department is not currently funding any research into the loss of the senses of smell and taste.The main Government-funded agency for the promotion of medical and related biological research in the United Kingdom is the Medical Research Council, which receives its grant-in-aid from the Department of Education and Science. The council is currently supporting the following projects relevant to these conditions or basic research which may prove to be relevant:

  • 1. Dr. E. J. Rolls, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford:
  • i. The neurology of feeding and taste (1985–88).
  • ii. Brain mechanisms of feeding—memory and perception (1986–89).
  • 2. Dr. P. P. Robinson, Department of Physiology, University of Birmingham:
  • The reinnervation of the tongue following lingual nerve injuries (1985–88).
  • 3. Dr. E. B. Keverne, Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge:
    • Neural and neuroendocrine mechanisms of pheromonal activity (1986–89).
  • 4. Professor P. D. Wall, Department of Anatomy, University College, London:
    • Analysis of sensory signals in the nervous system (1972–87).
  • 5. Dr. A. G. S. Lumsden, Department of Anatomy, United Medical and Dental Schools, Guys and St. Thomas' Hospitals, London:
    • Mammalian peripheral neurogenesis: chemotactic guidance of primary sensory neurones by respective target ephithelia (1984–87).
  • 6. Dr. A. M. Roberts, Department of Zoology, University of Bristol:
    • Central synaptic pathways from sensory neurones with free nerve endings in frog embryos (1985–88).
  • 7. Dr. A. M. Halliday, National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London:
    • Changes in cortical and subcortical evoked potentials inpatients with various lesions of the nervous system and sense organs.