On the 28th of February is rare disease day! 300 million people are living with a rare disease worldwide. RARE ARE MANY!
An interesting series about the challenges surrounding rare diseases has been published in the +3 magazine.
Our sense of smell protects us from food poisoning and warns us of dangers like gas, smoke and fire. Newborns have already a fully developed sense of smell and know the unique scent of the mother´s breast.
But what´s the connection between cilia and the sense of smell? Everything we smell is giving off molecules that we breath in through our nose. These odor molecules are then detected by olfactory cells. These cells are equipped with a large number of cilia and function as gatekeepers for odor detection.
So, do people with ciliopathies suffer from olfactory dysfunction? We were able to investigate the sense of smell in various ciliopathies thanks to the many volunteers who participated in our study.
Every great team needs a mascot and we found the perfect one.
Please join us in welcoming Paul to the team!
Paul is a young male koala who was badly affected by the horrific Australian fires in 2019/2020. He was found curled up on the burnt ground severely dehydrated. His hands and feet suffered burns that usually occur when the koala climbs down the burning trunk of the tree. He was taken to the Koala Hospital where he is now being treated with the aim to release him back to his home range.
Good luck for your recovery Paul!