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Olfactory Function in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Submission deadline: 25 September 2023
Special Issue Editor
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Neurodegenerative diseases present with a variety of symptoms. Among these symptoms can be a change in our ability to smell. Research studies, focused on understanding the onset of neurodegenerative pathology and therapeutic interventions to inhibit its causative factors, have shown a crucial role of the olfactory system. This includes both peripheral as well as central nervous system structures such as the olfactory bulb and higher order olfactory cortical areas. Widely different approaches involving behavioral symptom analysis, histopathological and molecular alterations, genetic and environmental influence, and age-related alterations in cellular pathways, indicate a strong correlation of olfactory dysfunction and neurodegeneration. Declining olfactory acuity and deficits present either as an initial symptom or as a prodromal symptom of progressing neurodegeneration of various conditions. Olfactory dysfunction has been associated with most neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric and communication disorders. Contributors to this Special Issue are invited to present new data or novel experimental techniques. Manuscripts that review and summarize our current understanding of olfactory function in neurodegeneration are welcome. Manuscripts that describe how olfactory processing serves as a biomarker of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders in unidentified novel pathways are of special interest. 

This Special Issue aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art of olfaction and olfactory dysfunctions in humans and animal models as they relate to neurodegenerative diseases. The Special Issue will address all aspects of this topic ranging from molecular, cellular, and developmental systems, and cognitive and behavioral topics as well as clinical studies.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Heinbockel
Guest Editor

olfactory sensory transduction
olfactory learning
olfactory neurogenesis
olfactory bulb
olfactory cortex
distorted smell
sniffing (orthonasal olfaction) or eating (retronasal olfaction)
nerve cell regeneration
neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease)
Manuscript Submission Information

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